Light distribution explained.
The Hydra-6 light splitter in conjunction with our Infinity panel and carrier tails makes the installation of multiple panels easy.
The system comprises four parts:
The light source – Hydra-6 light splitter – Carrier tail – Panel tail
Light from the MiniLED550 is split into 6 outputs by the Hydra-6. A carrier tail of appropriate length then carries the light to the panel tail which feeds the 100 mixed diameter optical fibres into the panel to create the stars.
The Hydra-6 light splitter
The Hydra-6 connector takes light from the light source and splits it into 6 streams.
The ‘carrier tail’ is a sheathed bundle of optical fibres, which can be any length between 1.5 and 15 metres. It has threaded ferrules at both ends. The output end connects to the panel tail via a screwed coupling.
The input end of the carrier tail connects to a similar coupling at the end of one of the six short tails in the ‘Hydra-6’ connector. So, there are two optical joints between the light source and the panel, but because even our most basic light sources produce more light than is actually required for a star ceiling, any light loss at the joints is not a problem.
If you are thinking of going down the DIY route, using our fibre components to build your own panels, we have two versions of the “Infinity Mix” panel tail: the standard 1.6 metre one which we use with our 1000 x 1000mm panels and a longer 2.5 metre variant which we call the Plasterboard tail.
All contain the following fibres:
80 x 0.50mm , 14 x 0.75mm, 5 x 1.00mm and 1 x 1.50mm
Optical joint with screw connector.
YouTube video explaining the system. Since this was filmed, the push-fit optical joints have been superseded by a screwed coupling.