* Introducing the Next Generation of Illuminated Signs and Awnings *
Kaplan Awnings has partnered with a local Bethlehem company, JF Magic, in creating neon-alternative illuminated awnings. This technology weaves together JFMagic’s small fiber optic electroluminescent wires into Kaplan’s quality products to create banners, flags and awnings that appear as a normal fabric product during the day but are illuminated at night.
This is a neon- alternative product that can illuminate and/or flash and therefore provides a solution for businesses located in historic districts because this technology has the ability to illuminate only the outlined sections of the awnings at night but not actually illuminate the store front. Furthermore, this technology is energy saving because it has the option to only be turned on at night, not all day like neon. This product could reduce energy consumption 100 to 1,000 times compared to goose neck lights and quarts halogens that presently illuminate awnings. If the business has access to solar panels, this technology has the ability to go completely off the grid. Further, this technology is maintenance free, does not require bulb replacement, and is invisible during the day. This product is an efficient, green technology that could change the future of awnings and signs globally.
So What are Fiber Optics Anyway?
Fiber optics are long, cylindrical or rod shaped transparent lenses that transport light from one end of the fiber to the other. They can be used in a variety of environments, including underwater, and pose fewer obstacles and hazards than traditional neon lighting and signs. However, they were not acknowledged as a neon alternative lighting source until the late nineties and still have not made a significant impact on the market.
Fiber optics are passive elements, because they do not conduct power, only light; the actual power source is the original light source at one end of the fiber or bundle of fibers. Since the light source is remote, there is no heat generated. The fibers preserve the overall quality of the object being illuminated and make it a perfect light source for museums. Also, due to the fact that the light source is remote and the fibers are non-conductive, it is safe to use fiber optic lighting in wet places since there is no risk of electrocution. Learn more about Fiber Optics.