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LightTools Illumination

Design Software
Design, Analyze, Optimize and
Deliver Illumination Optics
Design Highlights

Design Highlights The Complete Design Solution

at a Glance for Illumination Applications
Smart system modeling
`` Design accurate, cost-effective illumination
with full optical accuracy optics with LightTools software. Its
and precision unique design and analysis capabilities,
Interactive point-and-shoot ray
`` combined with ease of use, support for
tracing for quick evaluation of rapid design iterations and automatic
optical behavior system optimization help to ensure the
Fully integrated illumination
`` delivery of illumination designs according
optimization that automatically to specifications and schedule.
improves model performance Smart system modeling with full optical
Specialized, robust features
`` accuracy and precisionCreate
for modeling complex optical Figure 1: LightTools smart modeling
designs easily with 3D solids that can be capabilities make it easy to quickly build
surfaces and elements inserted into the model at any size, in any complex illumination systems. Point-
Efficient model parameter
`` location and at any orientation. Geometry and-shoot ray tracing provides instant
management to maintain is always editable using Boolean and feedback on system alignment.
design integrity trimming operations that retain the optical
Interactive, smart user interface
`` accuracy of surface shape, position and
Libraries of models, sources,
`` intersection for all calculations.
Quick convergence on the design
surface finishes, coatings, Rapid evaluation of optical behavior that best meets your goalsImprove
filters and application-oriented during design iterationsWith system performance automatically with
utilities to speed design setup point-and-shoot ray tracing, gain an the most effective illumination optimization
Custom solutions for design
`` instant understanding of the systems algorithms available. LightTools fully
task automation optical behavior by graphically starting integrated optimization capabilities
CAD software interoperability for
`` and aiming rays from any point in the combine design and analysis features to
seamless information sharing model. Rays are displayed visually and allow you to optimize any aspect of your
updated automatically as the model is system to meet performance goals. For
For more information, visit changed and they can be moved and example, optimize a system to match rotated interactively to study the behavior a target illumination distribution while
lighttools of a model. simultaneously maximizing total power.

Exceptional Software
When you use LightTools, you
can expect to receive the most
comprehensive software support
in the industry to ensure that you
are productive throughout your
illumination design projects.

Expert technical support staff

comprised of degreed optical
engineering professionals
Figure 2: LED collimator modeled and optimized with LightTools SOLIDWORKS Link Dedicated customer
Module. It was designed in SOLIDWORKS, linked to LightTools, and optimized to achieve website includes FAQs,
collimated light. The top images, including intensity plot, show the starting design and macros, example models,
the bottom images the optimized solution. tips and more
Robust modeling of complex Advanced Design Module to quickly documentation
surfacesModel complex optical model freeform optics and produce optical
Onsite and offsite
surfaces with skinned solids, a highly systems that have superior light control,
software training
versatile, fully optimizable class of increased energy efficiency and innovative
geometrical objects whose size and shape design forms. Regular program updates
are defined by multiple cross-sections with customer-requested
along their length. Apply textures2D, 3D Efficient model parameter enhancements
and user definedto any planar surface managementUse parametric
and vary the shape, size and spacing controls to establish links among optical
of texture elements as needed. Use the system parameters so that changing such as Microsoft Excel or MATLAB to
one parameter automatically updates achieve an integrated, multi-application
all associated parameters. Design engineering environment.
modifications correctly propagate
throughout the system, maintaining both Seamless information sharing with CAD
the design intent and the physical realism programsImport and export CAD data
of the model. using industry-standard formats. Associate
LightTools entities with CAD files and
Ease of useWork faster with LightTools update geometry with the click of a button.
smart user interface. Hierarchical data Link SOLIDWORKS models to LightTools
structures, editable spreadsheets, tabbed and optimize your design. Group and
dialog boxes, multiple design views and simplify imported geometry and perform
Figure 3: Spotlight model with curved navigation windows support interactive repairs to maintain CAD model integrity
cover lens. A series of toroidal lenslets geometry creation and modification. and improve ray trace speed.
on its output face spread the light into an
elliptical pattern. Reduced design time with libraries,
example models and utilitiesJump
start your design with LightTools robust
set of libraries, including sources,
Epoxy Dome
materials, lenses and surface treatments.
Index-matching Gel
Example models demonstrate key
Phosphor Coating
LightTools features, such as modeling
Die sources and defining surface properties.

Custom solutions to automate tasks

and leverage other toolsHave
Figure 4: LightTools can easily handle unlimited design flexibility with the
complex LED packaging design LightTools COM interface. Automate
requirements. You can immerse elements Figure 5: Surgical lamp modeled in the
repetitive design tasks using Visual Basic
in one another, in multiple levelsideal LightTools Advanced Design Module.
for modeling the embedded phosphor and macros. Incorporate LightTools functions
epoxy covering in an encapsulated LED. into other COM-enabled applications

Analysis Highlights

Analysis Highlights Analysis Tools That Verify and LightTools calculates all the photometric
at a Glance Ensure Design Performance and radiometric quantities needed to
Flexible angular and spatial
`` With LightTools virtual prototyping perform a complete illumination analysis.
luminance analysis capabilities, you can quickly analyze Define any number of receivers on
your system and perform tradeoff real or virtual surfaces in the model to
Accurate predictions of
studies. Explore design alternatives, collect ray trace results for illumination
colorimetric performance
study light behavior and improve product analysis. Calculate illuminance, luminance,
Simulations of real-world
`` luminous intensity (near and far field) and
effects including polarization, quality by identifying and fixing potential
problem areas early in the product encircled energy (angular and spatial) at
scattering and reflection and any receiver.
refraction development process.

Rapid, robust Monte Carlo

ray tracing and accelerated
ray tracing
Visual design evaluation and
interactive charting
Multi-CPU support to speed
complex analyses and
system optimization

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Figure 6: LightTools full suite of analysis tools includes intensity, luminance,

illuminance and color performance charts.

Angular and spatial luminance Accelerated ray tracingSelect ray Customizable, interactive
analysisAttach angular and spatial tracing shortcuts to speed up simulations. chartingDisplay the output of
luminance meters to surface receivers to With accelerated ray tracing, control the illumination calculations as line or raster
analyze and display luminance. Move the level of accuracy on selected surfaces to plots, scatter plots, contour plots, 3D
luminance meter angle to see what the increase ray trace speed by 4x to 60x or surface plots and many more formats.
fabricated systems performance will look more. Turn on probabilistic ray splitting to Interactively rotate and zoom charts to
like at any viewing angle, in real time. enable LightTools to intelligently choose view a specific region of data. Customize
which rays to trace and to ignore ray paths charts to meet personal, company or
Accurate predictions of colorimetric that carry little power. industry standards.
performanceObtain calculations of
CIE coordinates (1931 x-y or 1976 u-v) Visual design evaluation and
for receivers as well as the Correlated communicationVisualize illuminance
Color Temperature (CCT) as a function in the 3D model to quickly understand the
of position or angle. Visualize true color distribution relative to model geometry.
appearance of an illuminated surface Generate photorealistic renderings to
using the RGB plotting capability. assess and demonstrate how your
illumination optics look and perform.
Include lit appearance in photorealistic
renderings to show the luminance effects
of light sources contained in the model.

Figure 10: LightTools charting provides

many options to customize illumination
simulation results to meet personal,
company or industry standards.

Faster solutions with increased

Figure 7: CIE color difference analysis computer powerSpeed up complex
calculates and optimizes system color analysis and optimization processes with
performance. This is useful for producing
LightTools multi-CPU support. LightTools
an even color distribution.
makes full use of hardware configurations
involving multiple CPUs or single
Simulation of real-world CPUs with hyperthreading or multiple
conditionsInclude surface effects such core architecture.
as polarization, scattering, reflection and Figure 8: LightTools photorealistic
refraction (with Fresnel losses) and the renderings can demonstrate the
performance of thin film coatings. Include appearance of your optical system
during design evaluations and product
material effects such as dispersion,
volumetric absorption, volume scattering
and color filtering.

Flexible, efficient Monte Carlo ray

tracingPerform an accurate illumination
analysis with rapid and robust Monte Carlo
simulations. Select forward or backward
ray tracing to enhance simulation speed
and accuracy. Filter data according
to a variety of criteria to improve your
understanding of the results. Graphically
display the paths of traced rays. Define
aim regions for sources and surface
scatterers to limit traced rays to important
areas of the model.

Figure 9: Visualize illuminance in the 3D

model to quickly understand the shape
and orientation of the distribution across
a receiver relative to model geometry.


Sample Applications and

Key Features
Across a broad range of illumination
applications, LightTools helps you get
high-performance, cost-effective systems
to market faster. Complete design
and analysis features, combined with
groundbreaking illumination optimization
capabilities, allow you to achieve design
solutions unachievable with any other
software. View a gallery of LightTools
Figure 12: Cutaway of an LED-driven
applications at http://optics.synopsys.
Figure 11: This photorealistic rendering backlight. The pattern of extracting
com/lighttools/lighttools-application- textures has been optimized using
of a lit LED shows a level of source model
gallery.html. LightTools Backlight Pattern Optimizer to
detail that can be easily achieved in
LightTools. give the uniform output shown (partially)
LEDs, including LED dies, LED arrays on the right side of the model.
and LED packaging
Backlit displays Digital and overhead projectors
LED utility to quickly build a
2D and 3D textures, including
`` Library of pre-defined LCD, DMD
complete model
multiple appliqus, dot patterns, and LCoS projector models
Library of pre-defined LEDs
`` fine groove structures and bump Light source definition using existing
Multiple immersion for modeling the
`` structures for solids and surfaces ray data sources, including Radiant
embedded phosphor and epoxy User-defined 3D texture shapes and
`` Source Models
covering in an encapsulated LED patterns for designing and analyzing Built-in colorimetry analysis features
Fully optimizable skinned solids for
`` arrays of complex surface reliefs to evaluate color quality and
creating efficient LED couplers Backlight utility that automates
`` simulate display appearance
User-defined materials to model
`` system setup and facilitates rapid Skinned solids to create complex
phosphor-based white LEDs design studies mixing-rod shapes with minimal
Advanced Design Module tools for
`` Backlight Pattern Optimization
`` effort and optimization capabilities
fast, robust modeling of freeform utility that designs and optimizes that automatically refine the
optics used in LEDs and LED backlight extraction patterns design form
collimator lenses Backward ray tracing for rapid,
high-accuracy spatial luminance

Lighting/luminaires Importance sampling using aim
Photorealistic renderings to visualize
`` areas for efficient analysis of stray
both how a luminare is lit and how it light in systems
lights a room Ghost image analyzer utility
Reflector construction and
`` Vehicle interior lighting and displays
automatic pattern-generation tools Library of pre-defined LED and
User-defined 3D textures that
`` filament sources
efficiently model a variety of CAD import and export to leverage
complex components, from existing data
pillow optics to light diffusers for Photorealistic renderings of an
fluorescent troffers optical systems lit appearance
True-color RGB output
`` Virtual luminance meters that
Utility to read and convert IES-
`` can be graphically positioned at
formatted angular intensity data any location in the model space
files into LightTools angular to measure spatial and angular Figure 15: LightTools is useful for
apodization files modeling the effect of solar radiation for
luminance and evaluate display
daylighting and architectural applications.
MacroFocal Reflector tool for
`` visibility and quality
designing multi-surface segmented
reflectors Vehicle interior lighting Medical devices
Macro control of spline, sweep and
`` Full suite of volumetric optical
patch surfaces effects, including scatter,
Far-field and surface receivers that
`` phosphorescence and absorption
collect light rays and successfully Ability to apply Henyey-Greenstein
predict the luminous intensity and Gegenbauer models to a
output of lighting components material for tissue modeling
Accelerated ray tracing of imported
`` Extensible BSDF surface scattering
CAD geometry capabilities

Figure 13: LED street lamp modeled in Machine vision and laser scanning
LightTools components
GRIN material modeling and a full
complement of geometric laser
Interactive construction, parametric
`` propagation capabilities
editing and automatic optimization
Accurate geometric modeling of
of complex shapes
both illumination and detection
2D and 3D texture capabilities,
`` optics across the electro-
where each solid or surface can magnetic spectrum
have multiple appliqus, dot
Photorealistic renderings to evaluate
patterns, fine groove structures or
illuminator and detection optics
bump structures
from the detectors point of view
Probabilistic ray splitting, Fresnel
loss and mixed scatter to improve Figure 14: Automotive interior lighting Aerospace and defense/spaceborne
speed and accuracy of light pipe modeled in LightTools systems
simulations Stray light and off-axis rejection
Solar collection and daylighting
Volume scattering inside a
`` analysis, including aim areas and
Skinned solids for classical and
material to simulate the diffusing importance sampling
custom solar collection optics
characteristics of appliqus Blackbody source spectrum
Solar utilities for modeling of solar
collection systems CAD import for optical mounts and
Stray light simulation
3D textures to model brightness-
`` assemblies
Ray path analysis that visually
identifies stray light issues and enhancing optics
summarizes energy flux and Fluorescence to enhance light
total power capture in solar concentrators
Point-and-shoot rays that illustrate
`` Photorealistic renderings to
potential ray path problems show the effect of daylighting
Receiver data filtering for multiple
`` enhancements
analyses from a single simulation

Configure LightTools to Meet Your Needs
LightTools has multiple modules that can be licensed in various configurations to meet your specific application needs. The Core
Module is a prerequisite for all other modules, which include the Illumination Module, Optimization Module, Advanced Design Module,
Advanced Physics Module, SOLIDWORKS Link Module, Data Exchange Modules and Imaging Path Module. These modules work
together seamlessly to provide a complete design and analysis solution for illumination systems.

Core Module Illumination Module

The LightTools Core Module Enables designers to simulate and analyze light as it traverses the optical and mechanical components
provides graphical 3D solid in a model. Includes state-of-the-art Monte Carlo ray tracing for accurate predictions of intensity,
modeling functionality and luminance and illuminance throughout the model, as well as powerful illumination analysis capabilities.
interactive optical ray tracing
for creating and visualizing
optical and opto-mechanical
systems, including the capability Optimization Module
to specify properties for materials
and optical surfaces. Automatically improves the performance of virtually any type of illumination system. Full integration with
the LightTools 3D solid modeling environment ensures practical, realistic solutions in a fraction of the
Productivity-enhancing features time it would take to accomplish manually.
include an intuitive user interface,
libraries of task- and application-
specific utilities and example Advanced Design Module
systems, programming extensions
for automating workflow and
Provides a set of specialized tools to enable fast, robust modeling of reflective and refractive freeform
photorealistic renderings of
mechanical models. optics in both single-surface and segmented configurations for a diverse set of illumination applications.

All other LightTools modules

are fully integrated with the Advanced Physics Module
Core Module.
Extends LightTools optical modeling capabilities for custom optical parts and advanced illumination
For more information about subsystems. Includes modeling of phosphors, user-defined optical properties and gradient index materials.
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Dynamically links SOLIDWORKS mechanical models to LightTools, where you can assign optical
properties, optimize and directly update your SOLIDWORKS design.

Data Exchange Modules

Provide import and export capabilities for industry-standard CAD file formats, including IGES, STEP, SAT,
CATIA V4 and V5 and Parasolid formats.

Imaging Path Module

Defines an imaging path based on sequential optical surfaces and perform lens analyses. The Imaging
Path capability can be used directly in LightTools or in conjunction with CODE V.

To Learn More
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