Customer project 31 - Fibre optics in granite setts

Here's an example of a simple concept that has been well executed. As part of a project for Glasgow's Bunker Bar restaurant Robin Fox Planning and Design devised an enhanced lighting scheme for a below street level external passageway. This included fibre optic star points in the granite setts of the paved passageway. More often than not, the fibres in such a scheme simply go between the setts, but in this case the trouble was taken to drill holes in the setts, resulting in an even nicer result.


Sheathed 1.5mm fibres were used, in conjunction with 150 watt metal halide light sources, which were set up in a "Master/Slave" configuration to ensure continuity of colour change along the length of the passageway.

These photos were taken before completion of the project, which will also include some LED lighting supplied by Starscape.

The fibre optic star points welcome customers into the basement bar. Holes were drilled into the setts for a really nice look, although most people are happy enough to simply put the optical fibres in the gaps between blocks.
Simple, but effective, the bare fibre ends are cut flush with the surface of the granite setts. In daylight they'll be invisible but at night create a welcoming pathway to the restaurant.




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