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When dealing with lighting you often have to take a creative approach to visual effects but at the same time do the job within budget, adhere to regulations and bring the project in on time. This can be a difficult trade off when trying to create something visually perfect. That’s where our vast knowledge and double figures years if experience kick in… we like to try new things and one of our clients requested side emitting fibre to run outdoors illuminating the pathways of the hotel. We came up with a twisted set of cables platted together with 3 light engines. The effect was as if light energy was flowing alongside the pathways. Fibre optic lighting truly is very versatile. This effect could not have been created with led lighting.

In this industry one of the most asked questions is whats the difference between fibreoptic lighting and led lighting – well here is the short answer…

Fibre Optic Lighting is light produced by glass / plastic fibres, a light source shines at one end of the fibre which produces the light at the other end. Because of the way the fibres are manufactured the light is refracted (total internal refraction) – e.g. bouced in the fibre from one end to the other so no light escapes through the sides of the fibre.

What fascinates me most about fibre optic lights is not there unusual and beautiful designs, its there application in walks of life I would never have thought they could have been in.

The light source is located a distance away from the actual emission of light seen in fibre optics, and one lamp can supply many points of light. This means the heat given off is greatly reduced compared to normal incandescent lights. As well as this being more convenient in many situations, a reduced heat output is also much safer, especially when used to illuminate swimming pools and spas!

What a fantastic LED light show.
WOW! The LED lighting on the dancers where  fantastic. Almost 400 of the backup dancers wore LED-equipped costumes and
LED RGB strip light.

Thousandsof LED strips where stitched in to the dancers costumes using Velcro, three colors where used red,green and white, and  powered by a 12 volt battery pack which can supply 40watts of power with belt controllers in which the dancers switched through the colour themselves. A great article from Engineering Solutions Inc, explains how the costumes were made in more detail and has some good technical information.

As you may or may not be aware, the Brit Awards took place at London’s O2 Arena last Tuesday night. The star’s of the show were the musicians and the award winners and a spectacular night was put on but do you ever wonder about the lights. Probably not, but here are some examples of where led lighting was used.

With a new year just begun maybe it’s time we all made a change. With the prices of everything going up and people talking about doom and gloom there is one way which you can cut your bills. Led lighting.

Weighing cost and light quality, LEDs are worth considering right now for downlights and worth keeping an eye on if you have a lot of incandescent bulbs. If you already have a lot of CFLs in places like desktop lamps, don’t expect a quick payback by switching over. But LEDs offer some other advantages, notably longer life.

Over the last few years we have done some amazing work for many major events and businesses. We thought we’d like to share some of what we’d done with you. We have produced fibre optic lighting, led lighting and fibre optic displays for many large worldwide events and companies. For more information on other work we have done click here. Below are the jobs we are most proudest off and would like to thank our customers for giving us the opportunity to work with such a variety of topics and in a variety of locations.

2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China

2008 Beijing Olympic Games

20th Century Fox – ‘Avatar’ DVD Launch, London

An interactive replica of the ‘tree of souls’ was created in London’s Hyde Park for the official launch of James Cameron’s Avatar on DVD and Blu Ray. Fibre Optic FX were given the task of recreating the trees strands as seen in the movie. A total of 9000 metres of ‘cracked’ glass’ fibre optic cable was eventually used along with 8 x FX150 light engines in DMX. The light engines in conjunction with motion sensors enabled the colours on the tree to change as people walked through the strands. Additionally, people could connect to the tree via iphones, ipods and other smartphones by downloading an app which allowed them to take full control of the fibre optics. For every person that interacted with the tree 20th Century Fox pledged to plant a real tree as part of their global campaign to plant a million trees. The photos above show actor Stephen Lang (Colonel Miles Quaritch in the movie) interacting with our fibre optic lighting.

Fibre Optic Chandeliers

Over the years we have produced many bespoke Fibre Optic Chandeliers using a wide range of designs. Created using ‘Cracked Glass’ Side  Emitting Cable, Chandeliers can be made to virtually any shape or size and are a surefire way to get that ‘wow’ factor.

The O2 Arena, Dublin

6 x Spiral Fibre Optic Chandeliers specified for the new ‘Blueroom’ at the O2 Arena in Dublin. Each chandelier comprises of 750mtrs of End Emitting Cable suspended over a floating ‘Bubble Snug’ *Photos courtesy of Architen Lighting

Emirates Engineering, Dubai Airport

External signage above an Emirates aircraft hanger was backlit with a total 6000mtrs of End Emitting cable and was used in conjunction with 130 x FX150MH Light Engines – which were mounted internally. Each letter is 2.7mtrs tall and four sets in total was illuminated both in English and Arabic.

Stella McCartney – Paris

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A 3 metre x 2 metre animated and colour changing free standing sign was created for a prestigious event being held by British designer Stella McCartney in Central Paris. In excess of 1000 metres of Optical Fibre was used complete with a ‘Special’ Light Engine built in to the sign casing.

‘603’ Sculpture, South Wales

A total 30mtrs of FX126S Side Emitting Cable was the showpiece of this large scale public art sited outside the Elliot Colliery Winding House Museum in South Wales. The 3.4mtr tall cam, entitled ‘603, tastefully colour changes with the aid of a FX150LS Light Engine in Stainless Steel and is fitted with a dawn to dusk photocell.  *Photos courtesy of Urban Arts

Industrial Bank of Japan, Central London

This main entrance glass canopy was illuminated using 108 tails of End Emitting Cable complete with bespoke Stainless Steel End Fittings attached to each. Internal mirrors were also fitted to turn the direction of the light 90 degrees. Attached to the back of the canopy were 7 Bespoke 150w Metal Halide Light Engines in Stainless Steel.

Radisson SAS Hotel, Dublin

This impressive new hotel is a flagship for the Radisson Hotel chain and recently the winner of ‘The Lighting Design’ category in the Showcase Build and Design Awards 2008. Fibre Optic Lighting was specified in the bar area which consisted of End Emitting Cable fitted into varying lengths of 10mm thick Acrylic blocks which was then mounted into the joints of a stone wall.

‘Making Waves’ Addition, Teignmouth, Devon

In 1999 we worked alongside respected artist Ray Smith to create what was believed to be the largest side emitting installation in Europe consisting of 22 spans of cable run by 44 light engines over 3 streets. The original project was so successful we were recently asked to go back to add another 4 spans of cable & 8 light engines over a 4th street

Fibre Optic Star Ceiling

Fibre optic lighting can be used to create a twinkling starry night effect on a number of surfaces including ceilings, walls, domes, curtains and carpets. Ready made kits are also available off the shelf. Please contact us for further deatails.

‘DecoDance’ by Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen, Blackpool Illuminations

This year designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was invited to create a section of the world famous Blackpool Illuminations and Fibre Optic FX were asked to produce an animated colour changing sign based on Lawrences’ original artwork. The result was a 4mtr x 1.5mtr oval double sided sign consisting of 2500 End Emitting Fibres. 2 x FX150WP Light Engines were mounted externally.

Fenwick, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, London

Due to maintenance issues Fenwick Limited decided to replace all their conventional decorative light bulbs with Fibre Optic Lighting.  A total of 140 bespoke End Fittings were used in conjuction with our End Emitting Cable all powered by 6 x Metal Halide Light Engines.

Westminster Abbey, London

With no heat, electricity or UV light present Fibre Optic Lighting is the ideal solution for illuminating cabinets, display cases, works of art and museum pieces as demonstrated in our recent installation at Westminster Abbey in Central London.

Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn

Designed by the internationally acclaimed artist Mark Jallard this colossal 35-foot by 26 foot sculpture, which has been named ‘The Healing of The Nations’ is an abstract steel and copper circular piece. Hydraulics and End Emitting Fibre Optic cable between two copper skins make all 7 tons of the awe-inspiring sculpture slowly ‘pulse’ or ‘breathe’ creating ever-changing patterns of light. The sculpture has already excited international interest as one of the most innovative pieces of modern sculpture at an English Cathedral.

Fibre Optic F.X. Ltd manufacture, design, supply and install primary and decorative fibre optic and LED lighting.

Our client base is as diverse as the products we offer and as such we work on many interesting and unique projects for museums, galleries, private homes, public spaces, clubs, pubs, restaurants, retail and corporate companies to name but a few.

For the Blu-Ray release of avatar fibreopticfx where commissioned to produce europes largest fibre optic lighting installation, the unique tree of souls stood over 25 foot tall and utilised over 20 miles of fibre optic lighting cable.  The fibre optics where hooked up to a sound to light machine allowing the fibres to glow and change colour using fibre optic light engines.