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optics is also a real benefit, as seen by Rebecca Wilson’s


installation. “Fibre optic cable or strands can be used in a very creative way by designers and the PMMA fibres that Crescent produce can even be cut on site with a pair of scissors!” explains Perman, who believes that there is no alternative to fibre optics for some effects. The ease of use and alteration of fibre optics is definitely a real benefit for designers, and this is something that also appeals from an investment perspective. Peter Fagan, Partner at Starscape believes the fact that fibre optics can integrate into new technologies is a real bonus; “Whereas most technologies eventually become obsolete, fibre optic installations offer infinite upgradeability. By replacing an old halogen light source with a new LED one, a customer can achieve several benefits, including lower operating costs, increased maintenance intervals, lower operating temperatures, quieter operation and a hugely-increased colour palette."


cool,


making a very safe


option for a number of


applications. “Fibre optic lighting completely eliminates all the problems encountered with low or high voltage electric lighting in wet environments such as the hot and super-humid atmosphere of saunas, steam-rooms, showers and bathrooms, and even outdoors in the garden” explains Turnbull. For UK based Crescent, fibre optic lighting has a versatility that is incredibly important. The team maintain that there are a number of areas in which fibre optic lighting is the best option, including installations with high ceilings, water features and also installations where UV and heat emissions may cause a problem, such as museums and heritage installations. One of the key benefits that Marketing Manager Martin Perman was keen to highlight is the size of fibre optics compared to other light sources; “LEDs are small, but you need a chunky heat sink for thermal control, so there is still not really any other way to get a lot of light through an 8mm hole than with fibre”. The creative freedom allowed by fibre


www.a1lightingmagazine.com Umlimited Light/Universal Fibre Optics


T: +44 (0)1890 883552 www.unlimitedlight.com


Starscape T: +44 (0) 01289 332900 www.starscape.co.uk


Find out more about Rebecca Wilson on her website: www.rebeccawilsonceramics.com


Contact:


Crescent T: + 44 (0) 1635 87 88 88 www.crescent.co.uk


Above: Fibre Optic Chandelier from Universal Fibre Optics. Below: An installation by Universal Fibre Optics for the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.


Rebecca Wilson’s ‘Memoria; 100 Cups of Tea, Never to Be...’ is a wonderful example of the potential that fibre optic light has for creating magical installations.


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