A new technology coming soon to the automotive and architectural fields uses glass optical fiber and blue and green laser diodes to create futuristic-looking lighting applications.
Recently introduced by Osram Opto Semiconductors and Corning Inc., Fibrance light-diffusing fiber is a first-of-its-kind technology that embeds lighting into products using laser diodes. Fibrance is suitable for a variety of applications such as automotive interiors, architecture, consumer electronics, and major appliances.  

The flexibility and tight-bend capability of the fiber allows it to curve, wrap, or contour around objects while maintaining bright and uniform light. The fiber is so small and thin it is nearly invisible when the light source is off, thereby enhancing a product’s overall aesthetics and user experience. Fibrance fibers disperse light, rather than transferring it, allowing it to emit vibrant, clear colors up to 50 meters in product length, according to Osram marketing manager Sevugan Nagappan. 

“With this fiber, designers can enhance a product’s appeal and functionality by adding light how and where they want it,” says Curt Weinstein, vice president and general manager of advanced optics at Corning Specialty Materials. “Our long-term goal is to get Fibrance into the hands of designers and let the capabilities of the product create new lighting possibilities.”

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