The name “textile lighting systems” comes from the fact that textile materials are used as the light guide; it is not because they are used in textile end products. The incredible flexibility of this technology makes it particularly well suited for integrating light into textile applications. But that’s not all: since it is easy to assemble and can be folded into (almost) any shape, it also gives outstanding results in non-textile products. This particularly applies in the case of complicated installation spaces where other technologies reach their limits.
In their basic design, textile lighting systems consist of one or more LED light sources and a textile material – individual fibres or a fabric acting as the light guide. With such a fabric, clear plastic optical fibres or POFs made from PMMA are used, which, as weft threads, are woven with warp threads made from white polyester to form light-guiding fibre mats. The light-guiding individual fibres of the fabric are combined together in a ferrule with which they are connected to the LED modules.