Starscape

The HYDRA optical jointing system

Our Hydra light distribution system coupled with optical joints makes installation of multiple panels easy.

The system comprises of four parts:

The light source – Hydra light splitter – Carrier tail – Panel tail

YouTube video explaining the system

The panel is drilled and populated with fibres from the ‘panel tail’ – a relatively short bundle of mixed diameter fibres which terminates at the input end in a stainless steel ferrule in which all the fibre ends are cut level and polished.

A ‘carrier tail’ of bundled sheathed fibre, which can be any length between 1.5 and 12 metres, has similar ferrules at both of its ends. The output end connects to the panel tail via a length of silicone tubing (soon to be replaced by a screwed coupling). The ferrules are inserted at opposite ends of the tubing and pushed together, creating an optical joint.

The input end of the carrier tail connects to the ferrule at the end of one of the short tails in the ‘Hydra’ 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 required for a star ceiling, the light loss at the joints is not a problem.

The main ferrule in the Hydra assembly slides into the optical port of the light source.

The Hydra-6 is compatible with our MiniLED range of light sources, the Hydra-12 our MaxiLED range.