The emergence of concrete as an innovative design focus, as opposed to simply being seen as a building material, has brought about a transformation in the way that we think about the use of concrete in residential and commercial properties.
That reconsideration of the role of concrete has been assisted by the emergence of integrated fibre optic lighting, which has helped to demonstrate that concrete can provide a versatile addition in so many situations. It's now possible to view a well-lit accessory or larger area of concrete construction as a focal point of a room, or of an external space.
Improved energy efficiency
Unlike many other lighting systems, the use of fibre optic lighting can help to ensure that any residential or commercial property is more energy efficient. With only a single light source, contained within the illuminator box, there is a far more efficient use of energy than would be provided by the usual requirement to have multiple bulbs. In financial terms, this can also help to reduce electricity bills, meaning that luxury effects can be created without the need for substantial operating costs.
That increased energy efficiency, combined with low maintenance costs, means that concrete lighting of this sort is ideal for uses in large projects. Councils are installing fibre optic lighting within benches and other street furniture, for example, where this low-cost solution is helping to transform parks and streets. Local government projects are also increasingly relying on the combination of concrete and fibre optic lighting to produce long-term benefits for residents.
Some of the more striking uses of this combination of concrete and fibre optic lighting have been in settings surrounding swimming pools and in other garden spaces. Integrated lighting around the edge of pools, combined with lit outdoor counters, exterior kitchens and even spa areas, can help to produce effects that raise outdoor space to a new level, creating an extraordinary impact.