Improving lab sustainability with the microscope light source
Did you know that when compared to offices, laboratories are incredibly resource intensive, consuming on average 10 times more energy and four times more water? They also create over five metric tons of plastic waste.
It can sometimes feel overwhelming to understand how we can reduce our environmental impact in the lab, but organisations like My Green Lab are here to help!
This not-for-profit organisation supports scientists in becoming more sustainable than ever through a range of initiatives. One such initiative is the ACT Label, which is like an eco-nutrition label for modern sustainable equipment and enables clear, third-party verified information about the environmental impact of a lab product. It therefore makes it easy for scientists, lab managers and procurement officers to choose sustainable products from the online database of ACT Label certified products.
In our new video, Technical Content Specialist, Dr Isabel Goodhand, explains how laboratories can become more sustainable, especially if they include one or more fluorescence microscopes. Many scientists pay little attention to the microscope illumination system as long as it works correctly, but the available technology has undergone a significant shift over the past decade. Traditional mercury and metal halide lamps are toxic and inefficient, and these are now being replaced with superior LED microscope lighting such as the My Green Lab ACT Label Certified pE-300 Series Illumination Systems.
The pE-300 Series is a range of LED Illumination Systems for everyday fluorescence, optogenetic stimulation, electrophysiology and high-speed microscopy applications. It comprises three systems providing a solution that covers a range of fluorescence microscopy applications; from the simple pE-300lite through the classic pE-300white to the highly controllable pE-300ultra. The Illumination Systems are unique in also being available as a Direct Fit model, which increases irradiance and reduces the cost to buy and run thanks to fewer consumables.