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With more and more companies, retail shops, and grocery stores turning to fiber optic lighting, you've probably already encountered this light source without even knowing it. With rising electricity prices and a drive toward energy conservation, fiber optic lighting may be coming to a home near you soon. Although some individuals have already gone this route in their home, fiber optic lighting is an investment and does cost more than traditional lighting configurations.

Museum curators have already been using this technology to light sensitive materials and exhibits. Fiber optic lighting uses bright, white light that can be focused on these sensitive materials without the harm that ultraviolet light can cause. This technology also allows for bright light without the heat that other forms of lighting can cause.

Retail and grocery stores have also been making use of the technology. In grocery stores, fiber optics can be used in refrigerated displays without melting the ice or causing temperature issues. Retail stores use the technology because items can be displayed in bright light without color fading or discoloration.

Although the technology remains expensive, its uses will likely make it more popular in homes in the coming years. Popularity and advancing technology in the area will also likely create lower, more accessible prices. Due to the light produced and the ability to use near sensitive areas, many homeowners will find the technology useful in updating their lighting or creating configurations in new homes.

Some individuals are turning to the technology for hard to reach lighting. Today's popular high ceilings and other inaccessible areas make changing light bulbs difficult. With fiber optics, light is carried to hard to reach places while the single bulb can be placed in a closet or other easy to reach, but out of sight place.

Fiber optic lights can also be used outside without the risk of electric shock or overheating. The fiber optic cables can be placed in fountains and pools and placed around decks and patios. The lighting is safer than using electric lights in these areas.

As fiber optic lighting becomes more accessible to the average homeowner, more individuals will choose to use this type of lighting in and around their home. Although disadvantages still exist, including cost and some technological issues, the advantages will soon outweigh the issues, particularly as the price drops. If you're looking for a light source that can be used underwater, outside, or to highlight antique areas or items that you have, consider using fiber optic lights.

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