An Insight to Illumination Design

The design of illumination systems is as much of an art as it is science. Illumination engineering, or designing, is a challenging, and very rewarding field that transforms the output of a simple bulb (or LED) into a pattern of illumination that allows us to work, drive or play safely. As engineering evolves into design, the designer combines fundamental physics with architectural aesthetics and human physiology to develop lighting solutions to satisfy all of our ever changing needs. A combination of environmental considerations, energy savings goals and technology advances are helping to bring about significant changes in the field of illumination design. Illumination systems cover a broad range of applications, with an equally broad range of design specifications and requirements. It may be a small task lamp that needs to provide a reasonably uniform patch of light to a desktop work area or it could be the headlamp of an automobile which needs to adequately illuminate the path ahead for the driver without blinding a driver approaching from the opposite direction. Good lighting can be described with a simple set of basic requirements, such as the amount of light needed, the uniformity, and color appearance or it may be defined by regulations such as FVMSS or ECE lighting codes.

The Complete Design Solution for Illumination Applications: You can design accurate, cost-effective illumination optics with Optics For Hire. Its unique design and analysis capabilities, combined with ease of use, support for rapid design iterations and automatic system optimization help to ensure the delivery of illumination designs according to specifications and schedule.

Smart system modeling with full optical accuracy and precision: You can also create designs easily with 3D solids that can be inserted into the model at any size, in any location and at any orientation. Geometry is always editable using Boolean and trimming operations that retain the optical accuracy of surface shape, position and intersection for all calculations.

Rapid evaluation of optical behavior during design iterations: With point-and-shoot ray tracing, you gain an instant understanding of the system’s optical behavior by graphically starting and aiming rays from any point in the model. Rays are displayed visually and updated automatically as the model is changed and they can be moved and rotated interactively to study the behavior of a model.

Quick convergence on the design that best meets your goals: You get improved system performance automatically with the most effective illumination optimization algorithms available. Optics For Hire fully integrated optimization capabilities combine design and analysis features to allow you to optimize any aspect of your system to meet performance goals. For example, optimize a system to match a target illumination distribution while simultaneously maximizing total power.

Application Areas of Illumination Designing: Design and Simulation of

  • LED Lamp
  • Displays
  • Light pipes
  • General Lighting
  • Solar
  • Automotive Lighting
  • Stray light simulation
  • Projectors Headlamps
  • Photorealistic

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