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Lighting creates mood, expresses your personality and increases comfort. Good lighting is like art. This seems to be the motto of lighting specialist Cariitti Oy. The small Finnish company installs SCHOTT glass fibers in saunas and spas in a very impressive way. The result is the dream of every sauna visitor: uniform white light on dark sauna wood, spectacular starry skies over turquoise pools or fiber optic chandeliers that look like a curtain.
Cariitti’s owner Peter Ruokonen is convinced that glass fibers are the ideal material for sauna lighting. “Cariitti has been working in sauna lighting for more than 20 years,” he says. The company specialized in fiber optics early on. “We chose fiber optics because it’s something you can use in many ways to light up wet areas safely,” he explains. “Especially in the sauna room itself.”
Glass fibers conduct light without electricity, moving it from a light source to their tips. They are, therefore, perfectly suited for applications involving water. There is no electrical risk, and the light source can be placed and maintained outside the humid area.
“In Finland, saunas are heavily regulated concerning electrical equipment,” Ruokonen adds. “If you work with conventional lights you can only install them in one or two places where it is permitted. With fiber optics, you are more or less free of regulatory boundaries and there are no limits to your imagination.”