Device Drivers for SPECTRA III, CELESTA, & AURA III light engines

The latest nightly builds of MicroManager 1.4.23 now include device drivers for SPECTRA III®, CELESTA® and AURA III® light engines. The basic set-up in the MicroManager Hardware Configuration Wizard is shown in the screenshot below.

Note that the GEN3 driver uses STANDARD mode communications. The light engine serial port addressed by MicroManager must therefore be set to STANDARD mode on the settings page of the Web GUI.

Other image acquisition software packages that now support SPECTRA III, CELESTA, and AURA III light engines are:

  • NIS Elements (Version 5.11 and above)
  • MetaMorph

For updates on controlling SPECTRA III, CELESTA, and AURA III light engines using other software packages, please email our Technical Support group at

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

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 SOLA SE FISH Light Engines®

New SOLA SE FISH light engines

Lumencor’s SOLA SE FISH light engine® provides output that is spectrally optimized relative to the excitation characteristics of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) probes, delivering sufficient intensity to generate readily detectable fluorescence from weak hybridization signals. The SOLA SE FISH light engine seamlessly combines the outputs of five solid-state light sources in two configurations, with ultraviolet (SOLA SE 365 FISH®) and violet (SOLA SE FISH®) source options.

The main differences from the standard SOLA SE and SOLA SE 365 light engines are the red shifted spectral outputs of the cyan and yellow component sources, resulting in better matching to the excitation spectra of SpectrumGreen™ and SpectrumRed™ labeled nucleic acid hybridization probes.

This sort of application specific lighting highlights Lumencor’s industry-leading capability in mating optimal excitation with a readily configurable set of sources. Lumencor promotes such “assay specific lighting” for FISH today.

We welcome your new requests for other assay-specific lighting applications as you find them! Make an appointment to talk with one of our talented representatives. Contact us at

Nikon OEM-Specific PEKA Light Engine


On/Off and intensity controls on Nikon Ti microscope base

The PEKA light engine®, first introduced in 2014, provides a powerful alternative to conventional tungsten-halogen sources for transmitted light microscopy. Unlike tungsten-halogen lamps, the color temperature of the PEKA light engine’s white light output does not change when the intensity is turned up or down. Consequently, the PEKA light engine is able to deliver consistent color rendition while dispensing with the need to use neutral density filters for light attenuation. Furthermore, unlike phosphorcoated LED sources, the PEKA light engine does not generate background emission in the epifluorescence light path. The newest addition to the PEKA light engine product line (90-10184) is configured for fully integrated operation on Nikon Ti microscopes. Light on/off and intensity adjustments are directly controlled by the push button and rotary dial located next to the focus knob on the Nikon Ti base.

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

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