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Fibre optic christmas tree lights, no more bulbs!

fibre optic Christmas tree bulbs

Christmas tree lights hark back to a tradition from the 17th century where small candles would be put on Christmas trees surrounded by small lanterns or glass baubles.

Flash forward to the 21st century and we are now inundated by technology such as LED and Fibre optics.

Previous to now, electric Christmas tree lights worked by using a series of mini light bulb filaments, each glowing when current passed through it. The main draw back with this kinda of in-series circuitry was that if it broke then the entire circuit broke and the lights would not work.

This meant replacement bulbs, tangled wires and hours and hours of heartache. Technology has moved on and given us the LED parallel circuit for Christmas tree lights. LED technology is more energy efficient, more reliable and more resilient to damage. By placing the circuit in parallel it meant single breakages would leave only one light not working. However this still left us with tangled wires and a number of small components that could and did still break.

Fibre Optics is the technology that has fuelled the boom in telecommunications but it has found its way into the realm of decoration. The technology is based on the principal of total internal reflection. A wire made of high quality silica glass reflects the light directed inside it. This light can be broken up to carry information (as in the case of telecommunications) or simply to light up something at the other end of the wire. This is the case with fibre optics Christmas tree decorations.

Fibre optic Christmas tree decorations are very efficient with almost zero energy lost in in heat or light leakage, because of this a single light source can have several fibre optic cables connected to it. A single light source also means no tangled wires and fewer bulbs.

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