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“It looks fantastic,” replied our customer Anne-Marie C, when we e-mailed to ask how her fibre optic project had gone, and she was kind enough to take some photos to share with us.

One of the nicest things about fibre optic lighting is the fact that since the light input and light output can be several metres apart you can safely install fibre optic end fittings in wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens without creating any potential electrical hazard. As long as the electrical component – the light source – is safely out of the wet zone, there is no danger in getting the end fittings as wet as you want.

Put them in a shower enclosure or in the floor of a wetroom. Since the installation of the actual fibres and any end-fittings does not actually involve any electrical components this is something that you can do yourself. By contrast, any work in the bathroom itself which does involve electricity will need to be done by a qualified electrician.

In Anne-Marie’s project the fibres were terminated in our EFO1 stainless steel end fittings, although another option might have been to use crystal end fittings.

The plan had originally been to use fibre optics to illuminate some glass blocks, but this was abandoned when it was discovered that the edges of the blocks in question had a coat of paint which proved difficult to remove, and the paint effectively prevented light from the fibres getting through to the glass.

Fibre optic end points at the bottom of the tiled bath panel reflect nicely off the polished tiled floor. The fibre optics can be installed and then forgotten about in a way that’s never possible with LED alternatives. Click for another view in different lighting conditions.
The shampoo niche above the bath is also illuminated by three little fibre optic fittings. They’re brighter in reality than the photo suggests.