Custom shaped rigid light pipes have traditionally been used for a range of end-products including rugged, outdoor applications. However, rigid light pipes can be restrictive in their design and implementation and often lead to expensive tooling costs, lead times and annual unit volumes. Flexible light pipes offer a cost-effective, efficient alternative for applications that include field instrumentation, heavy equipment and transportation with difficult designs where the LED light source is positioned far from the viewing surface or is obstructed by other components. These applications are ideally suited for Bivar’s highly efficient, flexible light pipe solutions that are not restricted by component placement.
Bivar’s new product is an upgrade to its 1mm core flexible light pipe series and provides significantly more light output, yet offers design engineers with greater product design freedom. “Design engineers love the concept of this product,” said Mike Finn, Bivar’s vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re enabling them to place their printed circuit board assembly a significant distance away from the required light output while empowering them to be creative in their designs. With our new series, design engineers are not confined by the limitations of a rigid light pipe solution; they can easily redesign a product and adjust the light source accordingly by simply changing the length to meet the new specifications of their product.”
The new flexible light pipe system is the first in a series of proprietary light pipe systems from Bivar. The new product includes an optimized LED/adapter, flexible light pipe and lens with up to four times the light path of Bivar’s 1mm POF series. The product has no light leakage through optical fiber, as compared to clear flexible light pipes, and is covered with a tough, flexible RoHS compliant PVC alloy outer jacket that maximizes light transmission (by “trapping” it in the core) and protects the core and cladding during installation and operation. The optical grade core optimizes light transmission while the lens cap diffuses the light for brilliant indication output and minimal loss in intensity.
Bivar provides LED indication products and solutions that make moving light from point-to-point practical, easy, efficient and affordable. Bivar works closely with its customers to understand their needs and provide them with a conceptual range of choices that help them to design innovative products and solutions. The new 2mm flexible light pipe series from Bivar is immediately available and contains a choice of lens shapes and style configurations with a variety of adapter configurations.