Purchasing a microscope that comes equipped with a quality lighting system can make a world of difference for anyone using their devices on a regular basis. A good lighting system will allow you to literally shed light on a specimen so that you can get a much better look at it. But did you know that all microscope lighting systems are not created equal?
According to Microscopes.org there are several different lighting options to consider for use with your microscopes, each of which offers its own specific pros and cons. Let’s take a closer look at some of the different options.
Fluorescent lights are common in many American homes, but also used frequently for scientific uses. They give off light when the gas inside of them is electrified. These bulbs create a more natural white light that allows you to see specimens as they really are without any discoloration from the light source. The coolness and sharpness that fluorescent lights provide has made them a popular choice for many both hobbyists and students who rely on microscopes.
Fluorescent lights are also sold as a ring light which can be used to provide a uniform lighting around a sample. Whether an insect, crystal or stone, this light can surround your object and light evenly from all sides, brightening up features so that you can get a better look at every angle and detail.
Many people have turned to LED lighting in their homes, and the trend has started to spread into the microscope community, as well. LED lights don’t consume much power and last for a significantly longer period of time than most conventional lights. In addition, with the low power requirements, they are also the perfect lighting system to match up with a rechargeable battery. As a lighting accessory, LED lights pair perfectly with cordless microscopes to take your equipment along on a trip into the field. Certain LED light sources are even dimmable, which also allows more adjustment in brightness, making the LED more and more popular for its versatility.
Finally, halogen lights usually aren’t found on microscopes themselves, but are more and more common as an accessory. Halogens are common as part of fiber optic pipes, which can be mounted to a microscope and moved on a snake-like arm to provide lighting from nearly any angle. This is particular beneficial when studying samples as you may not be able to see certain features of an insect’s anatomy or a particular striation of a crystal without lighting from a specific angle. These lights can direct light exactly where you need it, providing the view you need to get the most from your studies.
Absolute Clarity & Calibration has more than 20 years of experience when it comes to microscopes and we can help you find the right lighting system for your microscope. We carry a wide range of replacement bulbs for common microscopes and a full range of LED lighting options. Learn more about lighting and how we can help by calling us today at 860-583-0502.