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Rob Bowey, Managing Director at Universal Fibre Optics Ltd gives us his view on the collaboration of Fibre Optic Lighting and LEDs.


Fibre optics, that age old, proven technology, which continues to shine in many applications, is currently going through something of a renaissance. This is due, in no small part, to its combination with LED’s. It is ironic that two technologies which once competed for the same effect lighting market are now enjoying a fruitful partnership.


Fibre optics have always been seen as a


green alternative in the lighting spectrum, due to the use of only one light source to power many light fittings. This is truer now than it has ever been. Replacing a standard halogen light source with one powered by LED means a reduction in energy usage, combined with longer life and reduced maintenance costs.


The past concerns about LED’s, which included low power output and poor colour rendering have been overcome by forward thinking manufacturers who have invested heavily in the technology.


The range of LED light sources now available encompass models which are powerful enough for architectural


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illumination and others which can pick out detail in museum display cases at a colour temperature and CRI level normally only associated with halogen units.


The sensory lighting sector is another


area where LED technology has allowed fibre optics to bloom. A small remote controlled LED light source which can output countless colours, yet remain cold to the touch is infinitely preferable to the technology that has gone before.


Lighting designers and specifiers have been quick to see the advantages of LED light sources. They are now outselling their tungsten halogen equivalents by a large margin. This is a trend that will only continue into the foreseeable future, as LED technology continues to help its old adversary continue to shine.


Contact


Universal Fibre optics Ltd T: +44 (0)1890 883461 W: www.fibreopticlighting.com


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