Fiber optic lighting usually lasts longer than incandescent lighting. This is because fiber optic lighting systems often use LED bulbs, which have lifespans of around 50,000 hours, as opposed to incandescent bulbs, which have lifespans of 750 to 1,000 hours.
Fiber optic lighting systems use optical fibers to transmit light from a light source to an illumination point. Optical fibers are mainly composed of a core, which transmits the light, and optical cladding, which keeps the light contained within the fiber. The light can shine from the end of the fiber like a spotlight or shine from the outside of the fiber along its length to mimic the look of neon lighting. Fiber optic lighting systems are ideal for display lighting because they produce very little heat, which can damage precious objects.