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Illuminating system and method for specialized and decorative lighting using liquid light guides

United States Patent

5,799,124
August 25, 1998
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The present invention comprises an illumination system for specialized decorative lighting including a light source, a flexible plastic tube sheath for distributing the light to a remote location, a transparent liquid core filling the tube that has an index of refraction greater than that of the plastic tube and an arrangement where light coupled from the light source is caused to leak from the liquid light guide at desired locations for the purposes of specialized lighting, such as underwater illumination in swimming pools.
Zorn; Carl J. (Yorktown, VA), Kross; Brian J. (Yorktown, VA), Majewski; Stanislaw (Grafton, VA), Wojcik; Randolph F. (Yorktown, VA)
Southeastern Univ. Research Assn., Inc. (Newport News, VA)
08/ 647,677
May 15, 1996
The United States may have certain rights to this invention under Management and Operating Contract DE-AC05-84 ER 40150 from the United States Department of Energy.