Fiber Optic Lighting: A Guide for Specifiers / Edition 2

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This practical desk reference is written to serve the needs of professional lighting designers, engineers, facility managers, energy managers, architects and interior designers in applying and specifying these innovative products.

The full spectrum of related application, cost and design issues are thoroughly addressed, covering system fundamentals, components, principles of operation and creative uses of fiber optic lighting in today's commercial, industrial and retail environments.

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Lighting designer DeVeau synthesizes the literature and his own experience relating to the new technology of fiber optics in a lighting design for engineers, architects, facility managers, and students of those professions. He illuminates such aspects as system fundamentals, components, principles of operations, the fundamentals of fiber optics, the illuminator and fibers, light loss, glass versus plastic, accessories, star-like display, and the future of the field. He includes many examples of applications, existing ones by photograph and potential ones by step-by-step drawings. He does not include an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130321213
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 9/21/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 199

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1. Fundamentals of Fiber Optic Lighting 1
Introduction and History 1
Theory of Operation 3
Design and Construction 7
Components 7
Applications and Characteristics 9
Chapter 2. The Illuminator and Fibers 17
The Illuminator 17
The Light Source 21
Low-Voltage Halogen Lamps 24
Higher-Wattage Quartz Halogen Lamps 24
Metal Halide Lamps 24
Xenon Metal Halide Lamps 26
Selecting The Right Lamp 26
The Lamp Operating In The System 26
The Fiber 29
Glass Or Plastic? 29
Core And Cladding 29
Diameter And Light Output 30
Measurement Of Fibers In A Bundle (Glass) 30
Tails Allowed Per Illuminator (Glass And Plastic) 32
Light Distribution (End- Or Side-Emitting) 34
Photometric Data And Light Levels 43
Chapter 3. Principles of Operation 47
Principles of Light Transmission and Distribution in a Fiber Optic Lighting System 47
Chapter 4. Light Loss 59
Introduction 59
Light Losses at the Illuminator and Components 60
Light Loss At Related Components 61
Light Losses at the Fiber 61
Light Losses At The Input And Output Ends 61
Light Losses Based On Cross-Sectional Area 64
Losses Due To Dirt And Dust 66
Transmission Losses Based On Distance 66
Losses Due To Filtration 68
Losses Due To Fiber Imperfections 69
Losses Due To Severe Bending 69
Chapter 5. Glass or Plastic? 73
Glass Versus Plastic 73
Color Shift 73
Ability To Withstand Heat From The Lamp 75
Ultraviolet Light 77
Harnesses 78
Cutting The Fibers 84
Variations In Light Color And Intensity 84
Bending The Fiber 86
Price 88
How Long Will It Last? 88
Mixing Glass and Plastic 88
Chapter 6. Accessories 89
Accessorizing the Fiber Optic System 89
Fixtures 92
Fixtures For Downlighting 92
Decorative Fixtures For Downlighting 94
Eyeball Fixtures 94
Landscape Lighting Fixtures 94
Exterior Lighting Fixtures 95
Showcase And Display Fixtures 95
Swimming Pool, Fountain And Underwater Fixtures 96
Decorative Lighting Elements 97
Custom Fixtures Based On The Application 97
Special Effects Accessories 98
Color Wheels 98
Gobos 100
Synchronization 100
Dimming Accessories 101
Additional Accessories 101
Cost 101
Mounting the Fiber Optic System 102
Illuminators 102
Fibers 102
Fixtures 103
Chapter 7. Application Presentations 105
Chapter 8. The Star-Like Display--Putting it all Together 131
Application Details 131
The Star-like Display 131
The Star-like Display, Selecting Fiber Type 132
Optimum Illuminator Placement 137
The Larger Application--Some Additional Factors to Consider 137
The Size of the Display 137
The Size of the Common End and the Size of the Fibers Determines How Many Fibers Will Attach to the Illuminator 139
The Number of Ports 139
Laying Out The Application 139
Creating the Star-Like Display, the Formula 142
How Many Fibers Will the Star-like Display Require? 142
How Many Illuminators Will Be Needed to Complete the Display? 142
What is the Total Amount of Fiber Needed for the Display? 143
Installing the Star-like Display 144
The Illuminator 144
Ventilation 144
Chapter 9. Perspectives on the Present and Future of Fiber Optic Illumination 151
Where to from Here? 151
More Applications 151
Industry Growth 151
Attenuation Improvements 152
Optical Control 152
Light Source Development 153
The Need For More Education 153
Looking at the Benefits--Objectively 154
"Fiber Optic Lighting Can Save Energy" 155
"Fiber Optic Lighting Can Reduce Maintenance Costs" 155
Photometric Data 156
Fiberspeak 156
The Role Of The Sales Rep 157
Getting the Best Results 158
Mock-ups 158
Getting Information From The Internet 159
How Did It Work? 159
More Information Is Needed 160
Appendix I. Bibliography of Sources 161
Appendix II. A Selection of Manufacturers Andrepresentatives 169
Appendix III. How The Research Was Done 173
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