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Hey guys, so this may be a stupid question... and apparently my google-fu isn't strong today, because I cannot find an answer to this question.

Is it possible to have a transparent fiber optic outer coating, so that you could see the light/data being transferred from one end to the other? Or would the light just escape?
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I have used clear fibre optic cables before and no, you couldn't see the light traveling.
    
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I have used clear fibre optic cables before and no, you couldn't see the light traveling.
Awww :\\, oh well haha.
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fiber optic cables are designed to keep the light within the cable, to help ensure the signal gets to the other end intact. That's why you only see light at either end, because thats the only place it can escape the cable.
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fiber optic cables are designed to keep the light within the cable, to help ensure the signal gets to the other end intact. That's why you only see light at either end, because thats the only place it can escape the cable.
That's what I figured. I just thought it would be pretty cool to have a wire going from my computer to my DAC that lit up, though haha. A man can dream, right?
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