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When artist Michael Bucknell was commissioned to design a chandelier themed on artefacts associated with Sherlock Holmes, he decided that the best way of creating a glow in the bowls of a number of pipes at the end of arms in the chandelier was to use optical fibre. An obvious advantage was that the eight pipes could all be illuminated by a single light source, reducing the total power consumption and making for easier installation. The metal halide light source has an extremely long bulb life.

6mm solid core light guide – more commonly used with downlight or spotlight fittings – was threaded through the hollow arms of the chandelier. This fibre type has good light-carrying capacity but is very flexible.

The pipes and magnifying glasses are iconic items in the mythology of Sherlock Holmes. Photos are copyright James Hudson.
Artist Michael Bucknell designed this Sherlock Holmes themed chandelier.