Fiber optic lighting

Izabela Ninic, Architect

March 11, 2015

Products & Materials

Fiber optic lighting is a specific kind of lighting that uses the property of a material to conduct a light beam from a light source along the media to another location. The medium is the optical fiber, glass or synthetic, with the described properties. Thus, the fiber is carries only a light beam without heat and UV radiation.

More then one fiber can be used at once, of the same or different lengths and diameters, for the implementation of a larger or smaller quantity of light at one or more remote sites. The ends of the fibers appear as light sources.

Advantages of fiber optic lighting:

  • Optical fiber doesn’t carry any current so they are applicable in all conditions.
  • No heat and UV radiation passes through optical fibers so the ends are harmless for objects that they illuminate.
  • The ends of optical fibers do not require maintenance because they are not bulbs.
  • The light source is positioned where it is accessible and transmits light to tens and hundreds of other locations.

Of course along with the advantages, there are also the disadvantages, which can be reduced to a single most important one:

  • Fiber optic lighting is as cost-effective as much as its advantages are used.


In restaurants, entertainment and similar public spaces fiber optic lighting is applied for its decorative effect.


Fiber optics can form interesting light installations in space. One of them is a hanging beam of optical fiber that is illuminated throughout its length.


Fiber optics starry sky produces a special effect in space.


Luminous effects give an additional quality to the floor surface.

The ends of optical fibers can also appear in the joints of ceramic tiles.


Light is brought to the nozzle of the shower, and the light is transferred onwards through the spray of water. There is no electricity in fiber optic installation, so there is no danger for the user.

Photo: Hal d.o.o.

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