Product News: Lumen Dynamics Earns Microscopy Today Innovation Award for its X-Cite® XLED1 Internal Pulse Generator

14 Dec 2012

Lumen Dynamics, a world leader in light delivery technologies, achieves the 2012 Microscopy Today Innovation Award for its X-Cite® XLED1 Internal Pulse Generator. Recognized for innovation on the basis of importance and usefulness to the microscopy community, the Internal Pulse Generator provides researchers with precise time control and pulsing of each LED for advanced biological imaging applications.

Offered exclusively in the X-Cite® XLED1, the Internal Pulse Generator provides fast, timed wavelength switching between LEDs beyond the scope of motorized filter wheels into unprecedented microsecond speeds. Researchers can now capture a level of fast cell dynamics in multi-color live cell experiments that was previously limited by existing technologies. The ability to pulse each LED at microsecond speeds is also believed to extend the life of cells by reducing the effects of photobleaching and cellular damage caused by continuous illumination of light.

With the Internal Pulse Generator, the X-Cite® XLED1 can serve not only as a premium light source, but as a central triggering device, synchronizing peripherals such as cameras and stages with LED on/off events. With the selection of an appropriate filter set, researchers can upgrade the functionality and control of their microscope by eliminating the need for additional automation equipment, thereby saving thousands of dollars as well as extra time that would be required for integration into their imaging system.

“We are honored that the Microscopy Society of America has recognized Lumen Dynamics for our innovative technology in the X-Cite® XLED1 designed to help solve the challenges of the research community,” stated Kavita Aswani, PhD, Senior Applications Scientist at Lumen Dynamics. “We continue to focus on creating new fluorescence illumination solutions that best cater to the needs of researchers and their applications.”

The Microscopy Today Innovation Awards were established to honor innovative microscopy related methods and products. Ten winners are selected each year on the basis of their importance and usefulness to the microscopy community ranging from simple innovations to sophisticated instruments and methods.