What is the best type of microscope light source?
The microscope light source is a crucial component of every microscope, and the light hitting the sample can make all the difference between a breakthrough discovery and inconclusive results. Yet this component is not often given much consideration as long as it functions correctly. In fact, to many scientists it might be a surprise to realise that modern microscope light source technologies can have an incredible impact on performance, ease of use – and even sustainability.
To answer the question ‘what is the best type of microscope light source’, it first depends on the type of imaging performed, such as widefield fluorescence, transmitted illumination (such as brightfield) or calcium imaging. For these techniques, choices have previously been limited to light sources such as mercury and halogen. However, microscope light source technology has since undergone a revolution and scientists around the globe now recognise LEDs as the best option across the board.
CoolLED and the microscope light source
CoolLED designs and manufactures cutting edge microscope light source solutions for researchers and clinicians using the latest LED technology.
Since our team of four introduced the first commercially available LED microscope light source for fluorescence microscopy in 2006, we have led the way in harnessing this technology for fluorescence and transmitted applications. Now we are a fast-growing company in Hampshire, UK, with a vast product range and technical expertise spanning optical engineering and the life sciences.
We also understand that something out of the ordinary is sometimes required, and manufacturers wishing to gain a competitive advantage can now access our world-renowned LED technology in customised configurations at www.OEMIllumination.com.