Side light fibre system M-Fibre
New modules for even more individual configuration options
M-Fibre, the side light fibre system offered by MENTOR GmbH & Co. Präzisions-Bauteile KG, allows functional or decorative linear lighting to be integrated into a wide variety of products in a simple yet fascinating way, allowing for easy installation and optimum use of space while bringing a multitude of functional, aesthetic and emotional benefits. The new components of the flexible fibre system mean that the perfect configuration can now be achieved for applications with the most varied ambient light levels. Depending on each customer’s requirements, the lighting specialist based in Erkrath, Germany, develops individual solutions for use at night or twilight, in daylight or direct sunlight.
Applications for any scenario
MENTOR delivers the complete system for many different application areas consisting of matching side light fibres and compact, powerful LED modules – also including suitable drivers for prototype construction. The LED modules of M-Fibre are each equipped with only one LED and customers can choose between a white, a monochrome and an RGB version. The LED modules offer solutions that are optimised to fit the installation space with two different power options. Depending on the combination of fibre length and LED module, there is a wide range of possible configurations of the side light fibre system – tailored to the available installation space in the specific product and to the ambient light level of the relevant application. This ensures, already at the time of configuration of the lighting component, that the installation space available is used optimally and that the product-integrated lighting comes into its own.
The wide range of standard products with short delivery times is complemented by a multitude of possibilities for customised solutions.
The number of individual fibres as well as the diameter, material and colour of the sheath are variable, which allows them to be adapted to the usage requirements in question. The LED modules can be individually configured too. Precise modulation of the activation process makes it possible to illuminate fibres only partially. By combining these fibres with multiple light sources, multi-coloured applications or dynamic lighting scenarios can be achieved.
“Unlike other poly-optical light fibre products available on the market, M-Fibre does not involve rolled goods and their known disadvantages”, explains Detlef Reintges, Head of Sales at MENTOR. The light-emitting structures inside the four individual poly-optical fibres are optimised to achieve precisely the specific length using an abrasive process. An integrated mixing lens in the RGB modules ensures good colour mixing and a consistent colour impression. The flexible side light fibre is impressive even over longer distances and in tight bending radii, thanks to its homogeneous lighting with constant brightness at a radiation angle of 360°. The thin, flexible, malleable fibre is suitable for a wide range of lighting scenarios and is used in the automotive industry, machine and equipment construction, house and building construction, workplace and domestic furniture, household appliances as well as the security industry. Due to the modular structure, fibres or the LED module can be replaced quickly and easily when needed.