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Fibre Optics


Optical


Fibre optics may be tiny but they sure do pack a punch. We talk to industry professionals on why some projects just have to favour fibre.


Illusions


Fibre optic lighting is a popular option for many designers looking to create that little something special. The


technology is extremely versatile, and


projects everywhere from homes to museums look to fibre optics to add that touch of sparkle. Rebecca Wilson is a designer whose work with ceramics has gained her much attention in recent years. In one of her most recent projects, Wilson wanted to highlight the fragility of ceramics, and decided that fibre optics were the perfect option for making her design a reality. ‘Memoria; 100 Cups of Tea, Never To Be…’ comprises a shattered gold teapot lying below a swarm of 100 ghostly little winged teacups. The faint fibre optic glow from within enhances the ghostly presence of each teacup. “Fibre optics were the obvious choice for this particular project as they allowed me to place individual lights inside each of the 100 swarming cups, and would act as both the light source and the hanging mechanism” explains Wilson. “Bone china and fibre optics seem to me to be perfect bedmates - the translucency of the clay diffuses and transmits the bright but discreet light without any visible wires or fittings to disrupt the clean white forms. The LED light source is small enough to hide neatly away within the


30 flush


ceiling fitting.” For Memoria, fibre optics provided the perfect


lighting solution, and according to


Brian Turnbull,


Sales Manager at Unlimited Light,


popularity is not likely to wane any time soon; “The systems are particularly suitable for projects that require stunning special effects, such as multiple light points, shifting colours, sparkling or directed light and the light-framing of pictures, paintings or information tables”. Not only is fibre optic lighting attractive, it is also extremely safe to use. Each point of light is free of electricity and completely


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