What is Fiber Optic Lighting?

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“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me want to dream.”

Fiber optic lighting is a simple way to add ambient lighting to any room. There are hundreds of tiny fibers that transmit light to the desired locations acting as “stars”.

Fiber optic lighting uses optical fibers as a “light pipe,” (usually in different diameters) transmitting light from a source through the fiber to a desired location. The light source is usually called a “fiber optic illuminator” and consists of a bright light using LED lights and focusing the light into each fiber. There are two main types of fiber optics used for lighting. One is called an End-Emitting Fiber (where the light is practically visible only at the end/tip of the fiber). The second one is called an Edge-Emitting Fiber (where the whole fiber is visible opposed to just the end). At the moment we only specialize in End-Emitting fibers, however if you have a desire to incorporate an Edge-Emitting fiber let us know and we can discuss possibilities.

MK OPTIC STARS FIBER END EMITTING GLOW GRAND JUNCTION

How are they installed?

each field is a little different for installation but they all use the same basic principles.

In Ceiling installation when attic access is available: Deciding on how many stars per sq foot is one of the first things to be done. Once you have decided on any patterns and amount of fiber optic lights you want, that’s when the drilling begins. Hundreds of tiny .3mm holes will be drilled into the ceiling. The fiber optic cables will be fished through the holes and then all connected at a light source. An electrician will then wire up the light source connecting power. The customer gets the demo on how to use the app and remote to control the lights and colors (as well as an optional Google home or Amazon Alexa connection demo).

MK OPTICS GRAND JUNCTION STAR INSTALLATION PROCESS

Drop down ceiling when attic access is not available: Drop downs are a little trickier, a panel brace is placed about 3” lower than the existing ceiling. Each panel will either be textured or covered in a felt cloth. As the panels are being placed the fiber optic lights are being installed, while also lowering any existing light fixtures the room is already equipped with. In some cases, adding canned lights to the panels are a nice improvement to the overall lighting in the room. The light source will either be wired into an existing run power line, or a new line will be run (up to the electrician). Most drop downs will be made with the grid, however if you do not like this design we can also set up without a grid and texture.

Vehicle installation: Every Vehicle is different on install and routing. Starting with pulling the headliner out of the vehicle then drilling the holes through the headliner then fishing the fiber optic lights through the liner. Before The headliner is reinstalled the fiber optic strands will need to be ran through or down one of the pillars. The light source needs to be wired into the 12 volt system with a fuse in case of any short. 

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