Optical design software improves design and validation of LED-based systems

Aug. 24, 2006
Optical design software can shorten and optimize the design process for systems which include LEDs or OLEDs.
Simulation software can significantly improve the design process or LED- and OLED-based systems, and virtual validation without physical prototyping allows engineers to save time and money.

The first step is to evaluate the capabilities of the software that will be used for the design. A good lighting design including LEDs requires very accurate simulation and analysis tools. Thus optical design, photometry, colorimetry and photo-realism capabilities are necessary in the design process of LED-based systems.

For instance, photometry allows designers to simulate and analyze the intensity, illuminance and luminance of the 3D system. The more accurately these physical results can be simulated, the better optimized the final LED-based system will be.

Moreover, very accurate algorithms (full spectral propagation) based on real physical laws are a necessary condition for improving the design process. These reasons explain why very advanced software in optics is the necessary first step in dramatically improving the design process.


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