New LIDA Light Engine

LIDA 4-PANEL: Red, green and blue grayscale and composite RGB color images of mammalian pyloric stomach (LIDA light engine, Nikon Ti microscope, 10X objective)

LIDA 4-PANEL: Red, green and blue grayscale and composite RGB color images of mammalian pyloric stomach (LIDA light engine, Nikon Ti microscope, 10X objective)

Our new LIDA light engine® is designed from the ground up to work hand-in-hand with the latest monochrome cameras to generate RGB color transmitted light images with unprecedented sensitivity, spatial resolution, speed and color fidelity. Many capabilities and features are integrated into a small package mounted directly to the microscope’s transmitted light illumination port. TTL gating of LIDA’s three solid state light sources synchronized with camera exposure generates color transmitted light images in one electronically controlled, high-speed sequence. For more information on the LIDA light engine, please speak to your Lumencor sales representative or contact us at

Liquid Light Guides: Keeping Cool

Maximizing conversion of electrical current into light output, and efficiently dissipating any residual heat, are design hallmarks of Lumencor’s solid state illumination technology. This has significant consequences for the liquid light guides used to couple light output into microscopes and other bioanalytical instruments. Repeated heating and cooling of liquid light guides can eventually lead to deterioration and lower light throughput.

Thermal image of liquid light guide tips immediately after removal from white light source output ports following running for 30 minutes at 100% output. The temperature markings indicated by the red and blue crosses show the highest and lowest temperature locations in the image field.

Thermal imaging effectively demonstrates that a liquid light guide connected to a SOLA SE 365 light engine® undergoes minimal heating under normal operating conditions compared to a light guide coupled to an incandescent metal halide light source. So, not only does the SOLA light engine last longer, its liquid light guide does, too. Like other high-performance optical components, liquid light guides require careful handling. For extra protection against accidental damage, we have recently added a 3 mm-diameter liquid light guide with a stainless steel outer jacket (10-10589) to our range of light engine accessories.

Learn more about liquid light guides and other accessories.

It’s Payback Time!

Many microscopy core laboratory managers still spend more time than they would like to on the onerous task of replacing mercury bulbs. Furthermore, as shown in the table below, the time and material costs of frequent bulb replacements can make a sizable dent in the facility’s annual operating budget.

Replacing a mercury source with a SOLA SM light engine® will not only bring an end to bulb replacement chores, but in just over two years, the modest capital investment will have been recouped in saved operating costs. And the SOLA SM light engine will still have about 80% of its 20,000–hour design lifetime left to run. It’s an excellent investment in a brighter future.


Learn more about the SOLA SM light engine.

New Improved Liquid Light Guides


SPECTRA X: light engine delivered output delivered through original (10-10084A) and improved (10-10084B) 3mm diameter liquid light guides (LLG).

Liquid light guides (LLG) provide flexible and convenient conduits for light delivery to fluorescence microscopes and other bioanalytical instruments. In addition to isolating the microscope from any heat and vibration associated with the light source, passage through a light guide acts to randomize spatial inhomogeneity in the light source output.

One disadvantage, however is that up to 30% of the original source output can be lost in the process of coupling into, and transmission through, the light guide. We have recently modified the design of our liquid light guides to minimize these losses. The result is liquid light guides that deliver about 10% more output to the microscope than their predecessors.

Click here, for more technical information on Lumencor’s liquid light guides, optical fibers and microscope input collimators.

New Electronic Control Feature Specifications

One of the main benefits of Lumencor’s solid state illumination technology is its capacity for precise electronic control of light output intensity, color and timing. Take a look at our Performance page to view the NEW one-page summary of electronic control features for our entire light engine portfolio, as well as other Performance specifications, such as Lifetime and Power Stability, Quantitation and more.


Have specific lighting needs or questions? Make an appointment to talk with one of our talented representatives. Email us at

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Photonics West 2016

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It was a pleasure to visit with friends, old and new, at our Monday evening reception during Photonics West 2016. Thank you to everyone that visited our exhibit booth — we hope you found the product display illuminating – what else!

For those not able to attend Photonics West, our Director of Technical Support Iain Johnson, recorded a video presentation demonstrating some of the features of our SPECTRA X light engine® and SOLA SE light engine®. Check out the video on our website and on our YouTube channel.

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