How to Install Fiber Optic Box and Cables I


One of the best things about the fiber optical box is ease of installation. Unlike the other cables which are heavy and complex to establish connection, fiber optic cables are light and flexible to install. The process of installing is similar to any wire cable installation, but the method, tools and instruments require to complete the task is different.

Fiber optics cable may be installed for outdoor underground application or for indoor underwater application, using several different installation methods available. Since there are varieties of types of cables and number of applications of it, there is not any thumb rule for installation. However, there are some general guidelines that must be followed prior to any type of cable installation.

Surveying the site: This is the foremost step that must be conducted to recognize the location and its special need. It helps to determine the physical and environmental hazards, and also helpful in cable route and machinery placement planning, especially for fiber optic lightening installation in pools and spa.

Cable stretching plan: The requirement of cable pulling equipment, location of junctions and access points, and splice setting must be planned prior to the installation. For lightning, a complete system along with fiber type, like end glow or side glow, should be planned carefully.

Don't twist and exceed bend radius of cable: Twisting the fiber can limit its efficiency by stress on fibers and it should not be practiced during lightning application. Fiber optics cable can be broken if bend radius is exceeded. Bend radius must be twenty times smaller than cable diameter and final installation bend must be ten times smaller than its diameter.

Special attention for pool lightning: Fiber optics is waterproof and can be arranged in different patterns for pools and other underwater application. However, safety must be considered before installation. Be cautious about electric current and always dry the pool for installing fiber lightning. Also, test the light box before installation and place them carefully inside the light fixture. Use of proper tools, accessories and splicing method will help you to achieve desired and hassle free installation.