Fiber Optic Glass Block

 Installation Guide 

 

The following is a standard guide for installing our Sideglow Solid Cable in to the glass blocks

 

BEFORE CALLING, We need to know the number of blocks High, and Long. We need the measurement from the Light Unit to end of cable per each run, add these up and call in, or order on-line that total + 5-10 ft extra for safety, and the Light Unit. Normal Bar tops are 48" or 5 Blocks (8" Glass blocks) High, by 10 ft or so long. The Light unit will hold 6-7 1/4" Sideglow cables. When purchasing parts for glass block lighting all you need is the SGS7 or SGS10 Solid Sideglow cable, and the FOP150-E-D Light unit. That's it !!!

Note: This is only one way to build your block wall, always consult your contractor for ideas!

NOTE 

NOT ALL LIGHTING ENVIRONMENTS ARE BEST FOR THIS CABLE, MAKE SURE THE AREA WILL BE DIMLY LIT OR DARK

OTHERWISE THE BLOCKS WILL NOT LIGHT UP AND YOU CAN NOT RETURN THE GOODS !! 

Bathroom Glass blocks can be troublesome, please note this when installing in bathrooms.

It is up to the installer to align each fiber cable in the connector for proper light output to each cable for even lighting.

FOP is NOT responsible for errors during construction or installation.

 

Begin by laying your glass blocks in place, ether in a routed grove or track system. Use the Block-Spacers sold by FOP to space your glass blocks evenly.  Note: No Mortar is applied to any edge yet!

Next, lay the Sideglow cable into the cove of the top block (if installing horizontally). Keep in place by clear tape. Run cable to end of blocks and seal end with a little white tissue paper or white cap, this will help to back-reflect the light coming out the end of the cable. Next lay the remaining courses of blocks on top after adding the spacers.

Place the mortar or silicone in place between the joints. Clean any mortar from edge of glass with rag or cleaner. Allow the mortar to setup and dry. Remember DO NOT to use a mortar in the area where the cable is laid that will dry white or dark, this will only block the light from the cable through the glass blocks!

 

Example of the spacers in place.

As you see from the example, the Sideglow cable should lay on top of each block to the end. The other end of the cables come together an are inserted in the light unit!

Finish mortaring the blocks and smooth out and clean any mess!

 

More to come still under construction

Add trimming to blocks as you desire for finished look, and turn light unit on, sit back, and enjoy!