SOLA light engine®

Solid state white light excitation subsystems

State of the Art Illumination

Lumencor’s SOLA light engine offers access to modern solid state illumination, with all its performance and efficiency benefits, at a price comparable to most metal halide light sources. With reliability and maintenance-free service built in, they provide sustainable and cost-effective replacements for traditional mercury-containing arc lamps. The SOLA SM model is designed to operate via simple manual on/off control or with the aid of a foot pedal. SOLA SE light engines provide all the features and benefits of SOLA SM models with added capabilities for electronic control of both light output on/off status and intensity. The SOLA SE FISH light engines provide assay specific lighting for fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), with red shifted spectral outputs resulting in optimal matching to the excitation spectra of widely used nucleic acid hybridization probes.

Image Courtesy of Robert Zucker, US Environmental Protection Agency

Customers will never again have to worry about arc lamp alignment, installation and replacement. Essentially no warm-up time and superior stability mean that idle time is eliminated. Your SOLA light engine only needs to be turned on when you are actually acquiring data. This performance is backed by a 18- or 36-month warranty.

SOLA SE: This video demonstrates how to control the SOLA SE using the control pod accessory and Nikon Elements software running on a Windows workstation.

SOLA SM: This video demonstrates installation of the SOLA SM on a Nikon Ti inverted microscope and outlines some basic trouble shooting procedures.

SOLA Light Engine Features



Multiple solid state sources operating simultaneously to produce white light



~ 3.5-4 W white light output though 3 mm dia liquid light guide (LLG)


Wavelength Range


350–680 nm (SOLA SM 365, SOLA SE 365, SOLA SE 365 FISH)

380–760 nm SOLA SE V-nIR

350–760 nm SOLA SE U-nIR


Warmup Time

1 Second


Light Delivery

3 mm dia liquid light guide; LLG and microscope collimator sold separately


Easy to Install

Pre-aligned, no maintenance


Power Requirements

120 W, 24 VDC, 5 A (SOLA SE and SOLA SM)

220 W, 24 VDC, 9.2 A (SOLA SE FISH)



3.6 kg


125 mm x 263 mm x 163 mm



SOLA SE models: 36 months SOLA SM models: 24 months


Control Interface

SOLA SE and SOLA SE FISH: USB connector for remote control by light engine control pod or host computer. BNC input port for TTL-activated electronic shutter. Manual on/off, foot pedal plug

SOLA SM: Manual on/off, foot pedal plug


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