Both single strand fiber optic filament AND fiber optic cable will transmit light. The primary difference is that a fiber optic cable is a number of fiber optic filaments covered in a protective jacket.
|Fiber Optic Cable||Single Strand Fiber Optic|
|Fiber optic cables are made up of any number of single strand filaments. The diameter of the filaments along with how many filaments are in the cable will determine the overall thickness of the cable.||Individual fiber optic filaments are without a protective covering (Jacket).Single strand fiber optic filaments come in a number of different diameters.|
|ORDER-CONTROLFiber optic cable allows you to manage and control the individual strands as your project grows. This is especially useful when creating a star ceiling. By keeping the strands bundled, from the light source to just a few inches from the ‘effect’, gives your better control and protection of the individual strands.PROTECTION]If you need to have a long distance between your light source and the end effect, the cable protects the strands. You save money and repair time.VARIED EFFECTSCertain projects and applications use the filaments in their cable format. This gives you a different effect than just one strand.NO LIGHT LEAKSThe cable helps prevent breaks and bends in the individual filaments that cause light ‘leaks’.EASY STORAGEThe cable can be easily coiled and stored without too much concern for nicking or bending the fiber optic filaments.||MORE TIMETo extract a single strand you must first cut away the protective cable. This takes time.EXTRA TOOLYou will need a hobby knife to cut the protective cable.MORE EXPENSIVEThe additional step of putting the mono-filament into cable adds to the overall cost of the fiber optic filament.||TIME SAVINGSThe primary advantage to single strand fiber optic, is easy access. No protective cover to cut away saves time. This time savings can add up during a big project.COST SAVINGSThe production of the single strand filament does not require bundling them into cable. This can result in substantial cost savings as opposed to bundled fiber optic filament.||THE LONGER THE SPAN, THE MORE VULNERABLEIf a single strand spans any distance (typically from the light source to the end effect) without a protective covering, this leaves the strand vulnerable to damage and breaking.LACK OF ORDER or CONTROLIf your project requires hundreds (or thousands) of light points, Single Strand fiber optics can become difficult to manage and control.LIGHT LEAKSIf the unprotected strand becomes scratched, ‘nicked’ or bent, this will create ‘light leaks’ at these damaged spots.TENDS TO TANGLEThe individual filaments tend to bevery ‘slippery’. If you’re not careful single strand filament can easily become tangled, and knots are common.LOOSE THE ENDYou need to keep track of the end of the strand. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dropped the end after making a cut, only to spend the next 5 minutes looking for it.TIP: Put the end between your lips after making the cut.|
|Link To Fiber Optic Cable||Link To Fiber Optic Filiment|