Published On: Mon, Nov 11th, 2019

Some details of the practical fabrication of Fiber Optic Decorative Lighting (DFOL)

Author: Radoje Jankovic

Thank you to my friends and colleagues for the photos provided for performing this type of decorative lighting work. A few photos I’m borrowed from a catalogs.

Some details of the practical fabrication of fiber optic decorative lighting

Fiber optics are finding increasing use in everyday life. One application is to create decorative lighting in almost every place that has been named “starry sky”.

Fig. 1. One set of fiber optic materials for decorative lighting

Making this type of lighting is a very tedious, painstaking, difficult and tedious job that takes a long time and cannot be adequately paid. Many colleagues avoid doing this work because it is unprofitable.

Quite a few say,
“I’ve only worked once and never again.”
Some say,
“It’s not difficult, but it takes a lot of patience and nerves.”
“Holes on plates 0.6 – 1.5 mm in diameter must be drilled, and then the fibers must be pushed through the plates. Audit openings must also be left for service to be able to reach these devices if any of them breaks. because there’s never going to be fiber. How big is the game of nerves and boiling sweat? “

Fig. 2. DFOL (Decorative Fiber Optic Lighting under fabrication

Fig. 3. Blue color DFOL

Fig. 4. DFOL during fabrication

Fig. 5. Green color DFOL

Fig. 6. Violet color DFOL

Fig. 7. Yellow color DFOL

Fig. 8. Yellow color too and combination with LED lighting.

One example of work …

Five sets of 300 fiber optical fibers, of which about 1300 pieces are to be drawn and the remaining fibers to be reserved.

The boards must first draw circles and then drill about 1200 – 1300 holes, this took about 4-5 hours of work because one cannot constantly look up into the ceiling.
Vacation breaks must be made. Then four workers pulled the fibers for a full 10 hours, another three each for 8 hours and two for 8 hours.
After working with other artisans, for two more days, two workers worked 8 hours each to bring the fiber to the required condition …
After painting the board, two workers had to “cut” the fibers protruding from the board for the required length of 3+ hours.
This work was therefore done around 170-180 hours. The time it takes to think about how and what to do should also be added here, and each new step must see what is and what would be the easiest.
Therefore, to do this kind of work for experienced professionals and masters takes up to 250 hours of work. Now you can imagine the amount of time it takes inexperienced workers to do in such a precise and very difficult job, not so much physically harder, but how psychologically you have to be prepared and durable for a very tiring but demanding job.

Fig. 9. Violet color FODL

Fig. 10. FODL under testing

Fig. 11. Look up to one example…

Fig. 12. … more detailed

Fig. 13. FODL under fabrication

Fig. 14. FODL under fabrication too

Fig. 15. FODL finished

Fig. 16. One typical light generator and RF controller

Fig. 17. A typical optical fiber with plug

Fig. 18. One FODL worked out 2 electricians for 2,5 days.

Fig. 19. Typical colors of optical fiber sets

Fig. 20. One complete set of materials for FODL

Of course, with this type of lighting there are other requirements to be fulfilled, especially if the client starts to invent something and “clever” then the job is to piss or to throw it away, so let it work for a boss who chooses or imposes his ideas …

More details in  practice from my friend received these days.

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The photos of my colleagues, the experts who do these jobs, make it all clear.

In future, I will gove more articles from practice.

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Some details of the practical fabrication of Fiber Optic Decorative Lighting (DFOL)