What is an LED Fiber Optic Whip?
An LED Fiber Optic Whip is an advanced flow toy created by attaching multiple strands of fiber optic cabling to an LED powerhouse. The colorful light emitted from the powerhouse then travels to the end of each fiber strand to create a bright point of light. Fiber Optics Whips are commonly used for dancing at raves, EDM festivals, flow arts, and stage performances.
If you’ve ever been to an EDM festival or rave before, chances are you’ve come across someone holding an LED device that covers the user in a shroud of dancing luminescence. This device is called a Space Whip, and the one-of-a-kind fiber optic toy wouldn’t be possible without the use of fiber optic strands.
With a simple change in the hue of light passing through the fibers, fiber optic whips create a vortex of vibrant, soaring colors, and GloFX Space Whips use the same functionality.
Multiple strands of fibers are attached to a light-producing base. The base then shines the light in the direction of the strands, and the light spreads through the Space Whip. Suddenly the LED toy becomes a spectacle for everyone in its presence.
The base of a Space Whip can have another group of strands protruding from the other side. Similar to flowing Poi, users can spin them to create amazing effects.
The main purpose of the fiber optic whip is to complement the flow of the artist who uses it. Space Whips are able to adapt to various methods of use.
Each artist has their own personal style. There is no right or wrong way to use a Space Whip. Space Whips will almost never repeat the same motions simply due to the unpredictable nature of the fibers. The art is a unique blend of chaos and tranquility.
The Nature of Whipping
Fiber optic whips are a product of the 21st-century flow community. Through the development of fiber optic light technology, we have developed an instrument that delights the senses of the mind and body. Using a fiber optic whip through body tracing or outward movements one finds a unique flow that cannot be found elsewhere.
The combination of the lights, color, and movement of the long fibers exemplifies fine workmanship in development as well as design. If you have not yet experienced a fiber optic whip and the hypnotic effect it has on everyone that experiences it, we urge you to introduce yourself.
The fastest growing flow art is whipping, and if you ask one of the thousands of exuberant whippers out there, they’ll assure you that it is here to stay.
Choose Your Space Whip
With Space Whips come choices. Singles, doubles, whips that work like poi, short fibers, long fibers, etc.
Pick a whip that flows perfectly with your body and specialized moves. Also note, it is important to consider all design options. Unless the flow toy can be comfortably used and celebrated by the artist, the visual effects won’t matter. Flow arts isn’t just about the aesthetics. Find a whip that you enjoy to use, and others will see that excitement as well as the dazzling light show.
End Glow Nano Fiber is a thin fiber with a diameter of .75 mm. These fibers maintain a constant level of brightness throughout the strand up until the light reaches the tip. While Nano Fiber features fewer points of light than Sparkle, it produces a much brighter glow.
Sparkle Fibers are much like regular End Glow Fibers, but there’s a twist. Instead of all the light being directed to the tip of each strand, pinpoints of light are all throughout the fibers. This engineering creates a twinkling effect like that of stars in the night. This creates a unique light trail effect, unlike any other fiber optic option. These fibers are tapered to allow for a wider spread of light and a super soft feel.
Space Whips can be designed to have different lengths depending on where the fiber is cut, ranging from 3 to 6 feet. Flow artists choose different lengths depending on their own height as well as the amount of space where they plan to perform.
Singles consist of one powerhouse that has one fiber head attachment. These are the most common whips available to flow artists.
Doubles consist of two powerhouses that have one fiber head attachment each and are connected at the base by an adaptor. The Double Whips allow for more staff-style techniques and create an even larger show. This whip can then by separated to make two Single Whips!
Poi Sets consist of two Single Whips that are trimmed down to 3 feet each, and both have a double loop handle attached to the base. The Poi Sets allow for traditional poi style techniques to be used in a flow prop.
Techniques Used In Light Whipping
There are multiple ways to Flow with your Space Whip. A specific technique that is used is body tracing. A few body tracing techniques are…
- Infinity Wraps
- Neck Wraps
- Up-and-Over Chest Wrap
- Down Under Chest Wrap
- Big Spin Over Arm
- Up Over to Big Arm
- Stomach Wraps
- Leg Wraps
Light Whipping is such a new Flow Art that new moves are being created almost daily. Get creative with your Space Whip and how you use it!
Future Of Whipping
As Light Whipping becomes more visible in the Flow Arts community, manufacturer investment in the production of fiber optic instruments is growing. New types of fiber optic whips are being designed regularly and more advanced technology is being introduced into programming systems.
Light Whipping is such a new Flow Art that new moves are being created almost daily. Get creative with your Space Whip and how you use it. There are so many communities across multiple platforms online where Light Whippers can share their moves with each other to further develop the art form.
Good whip maintenance should always be practiced in order to keep your prop in tip-top shape. Here are some tips on how to keep your whip as good as new!
Keep your whip in a carrying case. We suggest designating a backpack that you can carry with you at events as to not damage your whip when it is not in use.
Keep it clean! Whips have a tendency to attract dust particles. This is normal, but you’ll want to be sure to clean your fibers with mild soap and warm water.
And as a reminder, your whip is water RESISTANT, not waterproof. Be careful to not get the powerhouse wet to ensure the best results after a wash. After letting the fibers air dry, put back on your flow grease to keep everything slick and smooth. You can order Flow Grease HERE.
Why Use GloFX LED Space Whips?
The Space Whip Remix Series features a fully remastered design for optimal handling and flow. The perfect blend of a sleek and tapered style powerhouse provides the ideal hand placement and prevents slipping and dropping.
This whip also includes a low profile operation button to avoid accidental clicking and features advanced, ball-bearing technology, allowing the user more flexibility and range of motion, while also enhancing fluid movement and whip tricks.
Never again will you feel limited when it comes to color combinations. The Space Whip Remix features a programmable microchip giving you 35 color choices with 18 custom light modes, 5 of which use a rainbow of colors!
Choose any 3 colors to whip with, and when you have decided your favorites, save them! The Space Whip Remix comes with 5 programmable color sets. Say goodbye to the days of programming your whip every time you turn it on! Just power on and go. Or quickly reset to the factory default settings in less than 10 seconds any time.
We are proud to offer a Lifetime Warranty on all Space Whips. All Space Fiber Products are covered under our LIFETIME WARRANTY, no matter when or where you purchased them.
We are so confident in our line of Space Fiber Products that we proudly offer a 30-DAY WORRY FREE PROMISE. If your Space Fiber Product leaves you unsatisfied or fails for any reason within the first 30 days after your item is delivered, we will repair, replace, or exchange it at no charge to you. CLICK HERE to learn more about the 30-Day Promise & Lifetime Warranty.
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