Customer project 43 - Stainless steel fibre optic fitting in deck lighting
This is a variation on the typical deck lighting project, using stainless steel fittings around the perimeter of the deck, rather than the more commonly used approach of bare fibre ends scattered across the surface. The halogen light source was installed in one of our plastic weatherproof enclosures on the external wall of the house, with the fibre harness running down the wall inside a length of plastic conduit. Another length of conduit carried the fibres beneath a paved path, to emerge under the deck area.
Sheathed 1mm fibre was used, with each fibre terminating in one of Starscape's EF01 stainless steel deck fittings. These are capable of accommodating fibre sizes up to 3mm.
One of the EF01 stainless steel deck fittings in place in the deck. The fitting has a tapered flange to allow it to be countersunk in the surface of the timber. The hexagonal nut shown here actually goes under the deck to tighten the fitting into the plank. Although there is a gap between planks the fibres will not show since sheathed fibre has been used. Bare fibre would be visible at night glowing in the gaps.