Bring Your Design To Life with Fibreglass Moulds
This page will take you through the design process for most fibre optic applications. If you need any further help or perhaps you have a non standard requirement then our Technical Department would be pleased to help. Get in touch.
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The advantages of using fibreglass moulds are the strength, durability and light weight. Fibreglass moulds can be produced in complex shapes and varying sizes meaning your design can be brought to life.
Stage One: Design Parameters and Cost
Decide exactly what you need to achieve with the equipment. Fibre Optics can be used in a wide range of applications and the photometric data in this catalogue should help you to choose the right combination of products.
Having made a rough selection of products, check the cost against the budget. Fibre Optic systems have become cheaper over the past five years but they are still generally more expensive than conventional luminaires for down lighting/accent applications. Sparkle ceilings and other decorative applications can usually show cost savings against conventional tungsten halogen systems.
Stage Two: Simple Rules of Design
Keep all harness lengths for end lit applications as short as possible. Try to keep tail lengths less than 10 metres and no more than 2 metres between shortest and longest tails. PMMA fibre has considerably lower transmission losses than most glass fibres and longer tail lengths can be used. For exterior paver installations, 30 metres plus is possible.
Lateral Fibre Maximum Lengths
For lateral side lit fibre the maximum length should be kept below 30 metres with light coming from both ends. Usually this means a light projector at each end, although the fibre can return in a loop to the same light projector. In some installations up to 45 metres can be used but with some fall off toward the centre. The appearance of lengths more than 30m should always be approved by the customer.
Light Projector Choice
Most installations work well with 150w metal halide. These projectors produce good luminance on lateral fibre and are also ideal for cabinet/display lighting. For maximum output the 400w HTI light projector is ideal although the shorter lamp life (1,500 hours) must be compared to the life of the metal halide units (6 to 8,000 hours). Low level lighting (critical museum displays or sparkle ceilings) can make good use of the 100w halogen light projectors.
Other Lighting Options
Energy efficient lighting – click here
Rooflights for homes and businesses – click here