Fibre optic sparkle curtains
Sparkle fibre - optical fibre which has had its special reflective cladding nicked to allow bright pinpricks of light to escape - is widely used in chandeliers and in sensory kits, but it can be used virtually anywhere to add a bit of interest to your décor. One way of displaying the sparkle fibre is to arrange the strands side by side to form a twinkling, colourful curtain which can be hung against a wall or - as here - in a doorway. The most commonly used form of sparkle fibre consists of three strands of 0.75mm fibre within a clear pvc sheath which protects the fibres and adds to the overall volume of the strand.
The fibre optic curtain can be used in a doorway or simply hung against the wall.
The magic revealed: in this temporary installation you can see all of the components. The fibres descend from an aluminium light bar. In this case the fibres enter the bar at a central point, but they could equally enter at one end. Normally, the glowing fibre optic "tail" would not be visible, but would either run up inside the stud wall or in surface-mounted trunking. Or, you can even make a feature of the tail - without the black insulating tape! We used one of our standard halogen light sources for this demonstration, but we can also offer more compact LED light sources. The light source will be positioned as close as possible - in the loft or in the ceiling void.
Our sparkle curtains are always made to order, so you can choose either end of the bar as the fibre insertion point and the length and spacing of the fibre strands. The only other consideration is the light source location which should be as close to the bar as possible to mitigate light loss.