There are a number of other brands of Fibre Optic lighting solutions brands (though not many), and there is AFO Fibre Optics from Europe. What exactly makes them stand out from other brands?
Many fibre optics lighting systems are basically a mash up of several brands from several sources. The illuminator made by one company, while the fibres and guides made by another, they are all combined together with out-sourced terminals to provide a complete solution. That also excludes the third-party production of harnesses and porting. Furthermore manufacturers usually only produce a single type of illuminator (usually halogen based) for all applications. AFO however is the only brand that provides and supports a complete range of products dedicated to fibre optics lighting solutions. All complementing parts are designed and manufactured in house and are guaranteed to work cohesively. They also have proprietary technologies that were developed and used only by AFO to ensure that every part and component to work at its optimal efficiency (read more below).
AFO’s complete range of illuminators is designed for specific applications. Having the traditional halogen illuminators to gas discharge illuminators, and even LED powered ones ensure optimum aesthetics and function.
AFO Exclusive Technology
Dry Fusion Technology
Fibre optic lighting systems require tailor made solutions for every installation, since the fibre harness has to be specified in accordance with the distance from the illuminator to the light point. Competitors usually sell readymade harnesses to the installers; with the subsequent risk of this harness not fitting if there have been changes in the installation environment. Dealers are trained to use the patented Dry Fusion System, which enables them to manufacture fibre harnesses locally, or even on-site. Dealers purchase fibre and light guides in bulk, and will therefore be able to supply and install harnesses on short notice – and always with the guarantee that it will fit for the installation. Furthermore, the Dry Fusion System permits our dealers to carry our harness maintenance, or even up-grade the system with more fibres, without throwing away the old harness. Another benefit of the Dry Fusion System is that the common end of the fibers becomes more heat resistant, and that the fusion and polishing makes the harness absorb up to 20% more light than glued common ends, or common ends terminated with hot knife.
Optical Port Device
AFO also developed a user friendly system for mechanically connecting the fibre harness to the illuminator, the Optical Port Device. This device permits dealers to standardize the docking device for fibre harnesses with common ends from 0,25mm to 30 mm diameter. Furthermore, the Optical Port Device can easily be dismounted and mounted again, thus permitting maintenance on the common end without having to discard the docking device. No drilling or customization of metal cylinders is therefore needed to fit the common end, as is the case with most systems sold by competitors.
Fast End Connector
The connection of the single end tail of fibres to the end fitting is sometimes a cumbersome process, unless you use our Fast End Connector. This is a Plug’n Play system devised by AFO for quick and easy connection of the fibre tails to a wide selection of our end fittings. You simply press the Fast End Connector into the corresponding hole in the end fitting, and by pressure it stays put.
Micro braid Sidelight Emitting Fibre
Most competitors offer side emitting fibre that has simply been twisted and subsequently clad in transparent PVC. AFO have patented an alternative manufacturing process, whereby which by braiding 0,75mm fibres in multiples of 16, and then constructing different thicknesses of sidelight fibre combining multiples of these braids inside transparent PVC cladding. The advantage of this process, achieves a more flexible light guide, which is easier to bend and shape. Also, Micro braid Sidelight can be applied in lengths up to 50 meters (with light in each end) without noticeable light loss, when most competitors do not recommend exceeding 30 meters. Micro braid has successfully been applied in both indoor and outdoor applications around the world.