View Full Version : Plastic Fiber Optic Cable -- Looking for Source
12-20-2011, 08:28 PM
I'm looking for a source of inexpensive plastic fiber optic cable, the kind typically used to make lighted lamps and ornaments. In my case, I will be use the cable, some LEDs, and a custom Propeller controller to light elements of a model of Los Angeles. Any recommendations are appreciated.
12-20-2011, 08:31 PM
It looks like this place may have some:
This guy sells various sizes by the foot on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/sch/localphillyman/m.html?hash=item3f10f58d7e&item=270867467646&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&_trksid=p4340.l2562
12-20-2011, 08:47 PM
This one (http://www.thefiberopticstore.com/purchase/endglowfilament.htm#full) is only $.04/ft... if you buy a full reel.
12-22-2011, 10:09 AM
I'm not clear on your intended end use, but if you want to go very generic -- nylon fishing line is sold by the mile very cheaply. It may not have the superior optical transmission properties of true fiber optic cable, but it does ape the effect.
12-22-2011, 02:23 PM
Here's someone that tried to make monofilament fishing line work in that manner.
12-22-2011, 02:37 PM
LOL - not exactly sure where he went wrong, but God bless the internet for allowing him to share.
Ends are suppose to be cut, cut perpendicular, maybe polished, NOT melted.
1. Bundle together before cutting with a very sharp razor blade or such.
2. Polish the bundled cuts with either Dupont Polishing Compound or Dupont Rubbing Compound (available at automotive supply stores for making your car nice and shinny).
Polish ca be washed away with liquid dish soap and water.