Cold light sources combine fiber optics with LED technology

June 3, 2009
SCHOTT has expanded its direct LED illumination VisiLED and EasyLED series to include an additional product range, specially developed for use with fiber optic illumination components in the field of stereomicroscopy. The KL200 LED and KL1500 LED light sources combine a high level of light intensity for small areas, key to applications in microscopy and only achievable with fiber-optic light guides, with the advantages of an LED light source.

SCHOTT has expanded its direct LED illumination VisiLED and EasyLED series to include an additional product range, specially developed for use with fiber optic illumination components in the field of stereomicroscopy. The KL200 LED and KL1500 LED light sources combine a high level of light intensity for small areas, key to applications in microscopy and only achievable with fiber-optic light guides, with the advantages of an LED light source. Compared to the 400-hour performance of a halogen lamp, a lifetime of 50,000 hours characteristic of LEDs and energy savings of up to 80% lead to considerably lower operating costs and reduced downtimes. This makes it economically viable to replace existing halogen appliances with this new technology. Users can simply exchange the light sources and continue to use existing light guides.
Schott
Mainz, Germany
www.schott.com

Posted by C. Settino, www.laserfocusworld.com


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New SCHOTT cold light sources combine fiber optics with LED technology

Equipment for stereo microscopy applications save energy and reduces operating cost

Mainz/Germany, May 28, 2009 – As a pioneer in LED technology, over the years SCHOTT has expanded its renowned direct LED illumination VisiLED and EasyLED series to include an additional product range, specially developed for use with fiber optic illumination components in the field of stereomicroscopy.

The development goal was to replace the previous standard fiber optic instruments, the halogen KL200 (20W) and KL1500 (150W) light sources, with the KL200 LED and KL1500 LED light sources, at a comparable price level.

For the first time it is now possible to combine the high level of light intensity for small areas, key to applications in microscopy and only achievable with fiber optic light guides, with the advantages of an LED light source.

In comparison with the 400-hour performance of a halogen lamp, the high lifetime of 50,000 hrs characteristic of LEDs and energy savings of up to 80%, lead to considerably lower operating costs and reduced downtimes. This makes it economically viable to replace existing halogen appliances with this new technology.

As the tried-and-tested light guide interface of the halogen sources remains unchanged users can simply exchange the light sources and continue to use existing light guides.

The high-performance LEDs used generate neutral white light with a color temperature of approx. 6,000 Kelvin. Daylight filters common in halogen systems are not required and the intrusive change in color temperature when dimming halogen systems also no longer arises.

For users preferring the yellowish tinge of halogen lamps, an appropriate "halogen" filter is available in the KL1500 LED system.

All instruments are supplied with wide-range power supply units and universal connector systems, meaning they can be used worldwide without restrictions.

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