Industrial Uses of Fiber Optic Lighting
• Medical use and surgeries: Surgeons use fiber to put light on the surgical field, free from damaging IR radiation. Fiber can transmit intense light to a small opening, so it's perfect for endoscopy as well. Because no heat comes from the end tip, surgeons also use fiber optic light guides attached to a head mounted headlight lens systems to introduce additional light to the surgical field.
• Museum displays: Fiber optic cables also immensely benefit museum lighting where IR and UV radiation can damage antiquities and priceless works of art over a period of time.
• Telecommunications: Another very prominent use of this lighting technology is in the telecommunications industry. Millions of internet and telephone signals are transmitted every single day using this technology. optic lighting can transmit audio signals that have been converted into digital information. These signals are then converted back into audio signals at the receiving device. Indeed, without this technology it would be impossible to service the millions of simultaneous users, over various communication modes we depend on today. Transmitting video (Streaming) would not be possible.
• Quality control: Machine vision is a very unique concept using cameras, computers, and related electronic hardware to carry out automatic quality control and testing based on imaging. Lighting is often the key enabler in this process. The use of high contrast images, created from uniform shadow free lighting us critical for speed and accuracy in such applications. And it's not just quality control; machine vision lighting is of special importance in material handling applications, sorting, optical gauging, and robotic guidance.
Simply stated, almost any type of digital data can be sent with the help of fiber optic cables. In addition to the above mentioned industrial uses, such lighting is also used in aesthetic applications. This would include lighting up swimming pools, walkways, entrance lobbies, display windows, and other forms of decorative lighting.
Another interesting type of decorative lighting that is enabled by fiber optics is the star ceiling. As part of this concept, a star-field like effect can be created on a ceiling or wall. Star ceilings are being extensively created for hotels, home theaters, hospices, movie theaters, conference rooms, and much more. The tiny light-emitting ends of a fiber optic cable create the effect of hundreds of stars on a ceiling. Fiber optic lighting makes these decorative lighting applications possible.
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