The benefits of fibre optic perimeter lighting to LED strip lights provide an array of options for architectural and lighting designers for both indoor and outdoor uses. Less maintenance, short runs of 20 metres and longer runs of 100 metres plus, low energy consumption, long-life LED illuminators and importantly no need to replace failed LEDs in hard to reach or inaccessible areas. LightEFX utilises high spec fibre optics and patented technology to process side-emitting fibre cables maximising its brightness and increased life longevity. As there is no electricity in the fibre cable, there is no requirement for power supplies; it is simply a light conductor transmitting light from the illuminator. Commercial or infrastructure lighting applications can benefit from the innovative method used in architectural fibre optic lighting.
Fibre optic perimeter lighting VS LED strip lighting
The electronics of the perimeter lighting system is housed in the illuminator, which is stored in a convenient location for maintenance staff to access easily when required. The benefit of this means any servicing or maintenance can be done quickly and efficiently without needing to attend to the fibre cable. Having the illuminator placed in an easily accessible location can save huge costs in maintenance and servicing to your architectural perimeter lighting. Major structures such as bridges or aqueducts with LED strips as their perimeter lighting can interfere with traffic and can cause shutdowns of the bridge or at least sections of it just for the sake of changing the faulty or end of life LEDs. This is where LightEFX sets the bar above the rest, offering a service and product that is both reliable and cost-effective with a great looking result.
Fibre cables are waterproof and UV resistant emanating light 360 degrees like a neon, simple and flexible to shape and curve with a bend radius typically about 3x its diameter. This non-powered cable simplifies the installation with the mounting of the cable track onto the structure and inserting the fibre cable without power connections; there's also no need for heat sinking as there is no heat in the cable. Aside from track-mounted applications, perimeter fibre cables can be suspended to create a floating look with the addition of a metal membrane into the fibre cable for added support and tension.
When applied to short distances of 3 to 10 metres 15-watt illuminators are used with a combined power usage of 30-watts, for longer runs of 100 metres 300-watts of power is used about 3-watts p/m or 0.92-watts p/ft. The illuminators can be stored in an indoor enclosed environment or outdoors with the use of the IP43 rated stainless steel units. They have DMX capabilities and allow integration with RS232, serial, Dynalite and CBUS via a DMX gateway. Colour changes, animation, sequences, synchronisation, dimming and timing are just some of the features that are controlled remotely or automated.