SPEX Forensics Debuts First Uniform LED Alternative Light Source
08 Feb 2013

SPEX Forensics, a HORIBA Scientific company, just announced the launch of their new FOCUS LED Alternate Light Source. The FOCUS LED is the first LED Alternate Light Source that offers uniform illumination, thereby eliminating hot spots. The FOCUS’ superior optical design offers an homogeneous spot and defined edge to provide the consistent intensity necessary to properly capture photos where there are no under/over developed sections in the same image.

The FOCUS LED is a lightweight, compact and ruggedized unit that allows investigators to search crime scenes with the same uniform illumination as that of larger, lab-based light source units with maximum beam projection. The battery-powered LED generates a minimum of two hours run time, and offers push button "instant" on for immediate processing of crime scenes.

The FOCUS LED is uniquely designed. Its 6-sided hilt prevents it from rolling away, and clearly displays the wavelength. It also comes with an attached lanyard to avoid being dropped accidentally. It’s palm-sized and is easily transported, along with its full line of accessories, in its rigid, weather-proof case.

FOCUS LED can easily detect biological fluids, trace evidence, treated fingerprints, gunshot residue, drugs, bite marks and footprints. It can also be used to find hair, fingernails, bones and teeth.

The FOCUS LED standard kit includes: 6 wavelengths, 4 pairs of goggles (1 UV protection, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 red), viewing shields, 62mm camera filters and an additional rechargeable back up batteries and AC/DC charger.

“We did not start out to manufacture an LED light source,” said Jon Goldey, Forensic Instrument Specialist at SPEX Forensics. “Our intent was to engineer a forensic tool that every department could benefit from. With that goal in mind, we designed a very capable and affordable Alternate Light Source that is applicable for every department.”

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