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 Multicore / Solid Core Side Glow / Sparkle Fibre / Sample Pack


End emitting fibres guide most of the light to the end of the fibre although some light leakage does occur along the length. Unsheathed end-emitting Polymer (pmma) optical fibre
0.75mm diameter

A good fibre for star ceilings.

Maximum number of fibres per harness: about 460*. Bend radius 3.0mm

£0.18 per metre
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1.00mm diameter

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

Maximum number of fibres per harness: about 240*. Bend radius 5.0mm

£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.

Maximum number of fibres per harness: about 110*. Bend radius 10.0mm

£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.

Maximum number of fibres per harness: about 60*. Bend radius 25mm

£1.34 per metre
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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 optical fibre



Sheathed end-emitting Polymer (pmma) optical fibre
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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 sideglow 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 (OD 2.5) Bend radius 6.0mm £0.75 per metre
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1.50mm diameter sheathed pmma (OD 3.0) Bend radius 14mm £1.27 per metre
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2.5mm diameter sheathed pmma (OD 4.0) Bend radius 22mm £2.47 per metre
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Sheathed end emitting Acrylic light guide


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. (OD5.0mm) Bend radius 15mm £3.03 per metre
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6.0mm diameter sheathed end emitting light guide(OD 8.5) Bend radius 30mm £7.98 per metre
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Sheathed end emitting multi-core fibre
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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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 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. (OD3.1mm) £3.69
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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) £7.08 per metre
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Sparkle fibre

This is side glow fibre which has been cracked to create "bright spots" along its length. This is popular for chandelier effects and "sensory kits".
Sparkle fibre glows along its length and has bright spots at frequent intervals along its length.
Standard Sparkle fibre. 3 x 0.75mm cracked fibres in a clear pvc sheath. (OD 3.5mm) Maximum useful length of this fibre is 10 metres.
£0.92 per metre
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Wire reinforced sparkle fibre
Wire-reinforced sparkle fibre (3 x 0.75mm sparkle fibre + 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) The light points or ‘cracks’ in this fibre are close together so the maximum useful length is 3 metres.
£1.08 per metre
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As above but with a single sparkle fibre. This is offered at a very special price while we clear some surplus stock. £0.20 per metre
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As above but a full 450 metre spool. £52.00 per spool
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Single strand Sheathed sparkle fibre. £0.55 per metre
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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 and 1 metre of 1.00mm sheathed fibre). 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.
Sample pack £2.50
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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.

* These figures are approximate and are based on using our compact LED light sources such as the MiniLED500 or MiniLED750. The MiniLED600 has double the capacity and the MaxiLED series even larger capacity. Remember you can mix many different fibre sizes in the same harness if you want to.



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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