Optical Fibre



We stock several types and sizes (diameters) of Polymer (pmma) Optical Fibre and solid core light guide, including: end-emitting fibre, solid side glow fibre, sheathed fibre and sparkle fibre. We can also supply additional fibre sizes not listed below. Feel free to speak to us about the most appropriate fibre type and size(s) for your project.

Please note: fibre ordered in small quantities, for delivery by post rather than courier, will be supplied hand-coiled, rather than on a spool.

Unsheathed End Emitting / Sheathed End Emitting / Sheathed End Emitting Acrylic Light Guide / Sheathed Multi-core / Solid Core Side Glow / Sparkle Fibre / Sample Pack

 

 

Unsheathed end emitting (PMMA) Polymer fibre

 

End emitting fibres guide most of the light to the end of the fibre although some light leakage does occur along the length. 

0.75mm diameter

A good fibre for star ceilings.

 

£0.18 per metre
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1.00mm diameter.

A good general purpose fibre to suit star ceilings and many other applications.


 

£0.26 per metre.
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1.50mm diameter.

A thicker fibre with good light transmission capability, but less flexible than thinner fibres. Suitable for decking, skirting boards etc.

 

£0.49 per metre
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2.00mm diameter.

A fibre with good light transmission capacity, but lack of flexibility may be an issue where tight bend radius is required.

 

 

£1.34 per metre
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Full spool of fibre Full reel of end emitting Polymer fibre.

For larger projects, buy the fibre by the spool and cut as you go.

 

£295.00 per spool



Sheathed end-emitting Polymer (pmma) optical fibre.

Sheathed end emitting fibre

This is widely used in outdoor applications such as paving and deck lighting. The sheathing protects the fibre against mechanical and u.v. damage and also hides the side-glow effects of the fibre - handy in deck projects where you don't want the fibre visible in the gaps between planks.

0.75mm sheathed pmma (OD 1.5) Bend radius 4.0mm £0.55 per metre
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1.00mm diameter sheathed pmma (OD2.5) Bend radius 6mm £0.75 per metre
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1.50mm diameter sheathed pmma (OD3.0) Bend radius 14mm £1.27 per metre
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2.5mm diameter sheathed pmma (OD4.0) Bend radius 22mm £2.47 per metre
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Sheathed end emitting Acrylic light guide

 

Sheathe end emitting Polymer

 

 

 

This solid core fibre is made from a different material to conventional pmma and is much more flexible, allowing for single strands of large diameter. Suitable for uplighter, downlighter and pool lighting applications. For longer runs it does not perform as well as multi-core pmma fibre, so contact us with details of your project if you're in any doubt.

     
3.0mm diameter sheathed end emitting light guide. (OD5.0) £3.03 per metre
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6.0mm diameter sheathed end emitting light guide (OD8.5) We have an over-stock of this fibre so can offer it at a very special price of just £1.00 per metre.
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Sheathed end emitting multi-core fibre

 

Multi core fibre

 

 

 

 

 

     
Sheathed 69 x 0.75mm multi-core (OD of sheathing: 12mm) £16.50 per metre
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Star ceiling 'Infinity mix' sheathed multi-core fibre. (OD of sheathing: 11mm)
This is what we use when manufacturing our Infinity home cinema panels and it's available for DIY home cinema enthusiasts too. The 4 different fibre diameters give an enhanced 3D look to the stars.

80 x 0.50mm
14 x 0.75mm
5 x 1.00mm
1 x 1.50mm

£21.00 per metre

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Sheathed 10 strand (8 x 0.75mm and 2 x 1.00mm) OD of sheathing: 4.50mm

£2.35 per metre
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Side glow fibre

 

Side glow fibre

Side glow fibre makes a virtue of the light leakage which occurs in any bare fibre, and can be used to create glowing lines indoors or out. It is particularly popular as a trim around the edge of swimming pools. Typically, more powerful light sources are used with side glow to produce the best effect. Do bear in mind that side glow is a secondary effect and works best where ambient light levels are subdued - you'll see nothing at all in broad daylight. If you're unsure whether the fibre will be bright enough for your application, experiment with a short sample before committing yourself to a large purchase.


Bear in mind also that the effect diminishes over distance so you need to experiment to ensure that you're not trying to project light over unrealistic distances.


Where possible, side glow fibre should be looped back to the light source, or daisy-chained between two light sources. Or, if you can't do this and don't plan to use the end point light of the fibres, cap the far end with a piece of reflective foil

 

1.5 mm diameter solid side glow fibre. Thinner outer sheath for indoor applications £2.15 per metre
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2.0 mm diameter solid side glow fibre. Thinner outer sheath for indoor applications. £2.35 per metre
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3.0 mm diameter solid side glow fibre. Thinner outer sheath for indoor applications. Particularly suited to costume applications.  (OD3.1) £3.69 per metre
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6.0 mm diameter solid side glow fibre. Thick outer sheath for outdoor applications (OD 9mm)

£7.38 per metre
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6.0 mm diameter solid side glow fibre. Thinner outer sheath for indoor applications. (OD6.1mm)

£7.06 per metre
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Sparkle fibre

 

Sparkle fibre

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparkle fibre is damaged or dotted along its length to allow light to escape. The more dots the better the sparkle effect, however, as more light can escape, less is available to travel along the fibre, so the dots get dimmer.

We have sparkle fibre for a variety of uses so check the dot pitch and the ‘throw’ of light down the fibre before you make your purchase. If in doubt do give Peter, John, David or Martin a call on 01289 332900 and we will be pleased to help.

We can have sparkle fibre manufactured in a range of dot pitches. This allows us to maximise light output to the length of your fibre project.

Sparkle fibre in a clear plastic sheathing. Sheathed three strand sparkle fibre

 

Single strand short throw sparkle fibre in a clear plastic jacket. 25mm dot pitch. Useful light to 4 metres.

 

£0.55 per metre
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Single strand long throw sparkle fibre in clear plastic jacket. 190mm dot pitch. Useful length to 14 metres. £0.55 per metre
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Three strand short throw sparkle fibre in a clear plastic jacket. 25mm dot pitch. Useful length to 4 metres. Special price. £0.40 per metre
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Three strand long throw sparkle fibre. 3 x 0.75mm sparkle fibres in a clear plastic jacket. Dot pitch 230mm. Useful light to 14 metres. £0.92 per metre
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Unsheathed single strand sparkle fibre. Sparkle fibre
Unsheathed short throw single strand sparkle fibre. 20mm dot pitch. Useful light to 3 metres. £0.15
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Unsheathed long throw single strand sparkle fibre. 180mm dot pitch. Useful light to 17 metres. £0.15
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Wire-reinforced sparkle fibre

 

Sparkle fibre with a wire core

 

 

 

 

Wire-reinforced sparkle fibre ( 0.75mm sparkle fibre(s) + wire in a clear plastic jacket). As the name suggests, this fibre has a bendable wire insert enabling the fibre to stand upright and be easily formed into shapes. (OD 3.5mm) .

Three strand wired sparkle fibre.3 x 0.75 sparkle fibres + wire in a clear plastic jacket. Maximum useful length 3.5 metres. The light points or ‘dots’ in this fibre are close together at 20mm so the maximum useful length is 2-3 metres. £1.28 per metre
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Single strand wired sparkle fibre. 1 x 0.75mm sparke fibre in a clear plastic jacket. The light points or ‘dots’ in this fibre are close together at 20mm so the maximum useful length is 2-3 metres. Lots of dots means lots of light output so this fibre is eminently suited to short drop chandeliers like our ‘Bad Hair Day’ concept. £0.86 per metre
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Full reel of 450 metres of single strand sheathed wired sparkle fibre £199.00
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Sample pack - Please read!

 

 

Our sample pack is intended to allow customers to get some insight into the properties of different sizes of optical fibre at the planning stage of their project. (Contains 3 metres each of 0.75 and 1.50mm unsheathed Polymer Optical Fibre, 1 metre of 1.00mm sheathed fibre, 1.0 metre of wired sparkle fibre and 0.5 of a metre of 1.5mm side glow)). If we have spare offcuts of fibre in the workshop you may receive additional samples in your pack.

The processing of small fibre orders involves handling and administration costs which are often out of all proportion to the value of the fibre itself - in fact, most other fibre optic firms simply don't offer this service - and this is reflected in what might appear to be a high postage and packing charge. The value of the sample pack contents actually exceeds the £2.50 shown. If you do go ahead with a project which requires the purchase of additional fibre and a light source, we will be happy to credit the cost of your sample pack towards that additional purchase.

 

Fibre optic sample pack   Fibre optic sample pack £3.00 (£6.00 P&P)
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Prices include VAT. Post and packing charged separately usually to a maximum of £12.00 (TNT next working day delivery) smaller orders may be sent via Royal Mail 1st Class.

Order quantities may be changed in the Cart page.

     

Call 01289 332900 or email: info@starscape.co.uk to discuss Optical Fibre




Delivery

Orders under £30.00 are usually delivered by Royal Mail first class. Please allow up to 5 days for delivery.
Over £30.00 delivery is by next working day courier. For Saturday deliveries there's a £20.00 surcharge.

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    01289 332900
  • Email:
    info@starscape.co.uk
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    Scremerston
    Berwick-upon-Tweed
    Northumberland
    TD15 2SY
    United Kingdom