Stereo Microscopes - Illumination

Leica Microsystems offers a broad spectrum of excellent LED illuminators for various incident light applications.

Selecting the right illuminator

In addition to the composition of the sample, the information to be gained is most critical for selecting the right illuminator. Depending on the application and task, one or the other illuminator may provide better results. The next section gives you an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual illuminators.

Bright, uniform illumination

Ring light illuminators are best suited for bright, uniform illumination.

Leica LED3000 RL, Leica LED5000 RL

Nearly shadow-free illumination

Nearly shadow-free illumination is achieved using what is called the "near vertical illuminator." Here, 2 LED spotlights are very close to the optical axis and shine on the sample.

Leica LED3000 NVI

Highly diffuse illumination

Shiny samples are often very difficult to document. Under or overexposed areas are acquired by the digital microscope cameras and cannot be further evaluated. To improve this problem, a special dome illuminator was developed with the Leica FlexDome™.

Leica LED5000 HDI

Coaxial illumination

With coaxial illumination, the beam of light is guided through the optics and reflected on the sample. This requires the sample to be smooth and reflective. Coaxial illumination can be used with routine as well as high-performance stereo microscopes.

Leica LED5000 CXI

High-contrast illumination

High-contrast illumination is offered by spotlight illuminators with moveable goosenecks for high flexibility. Fixed multi-contrast illuminators provide the same results, but their design makes the illumination settings reproducible.

Spotlight illuminators: Leica LED3000 SLI, Leica LED5000 SLI
Multi-contrast illuminators: Leica LED3000 MCI, Leica LED5000 MCI

  • Leica LED5000 family: For high-performance microscopes
  • Leica LED3000 family: For routine stereomicroscopes
  • Leica LED2000/2500 family: The stands with integrated LED illumination for routine stereomicroscopes
  • Leica LED1000 family: The modular LED illuminator family for routine stereomicroscopes
  • Leica KL200 LED/L2 family: Cold light sources with a large range of fiber-optic light guides for routine stereomicroscopes

Leica LED5000 RL

Leica LED5000 RL

The Leica LED5000 RL, ring light illumination system with 40 bright LED’s provides homogeneous light distribution.

Leica LED5000 MCI

Leica LED5000 MCI

The Leica LED5000 MCI, multi contrast illuminations system for the Leica M-series stereo microscopes, integrated with 3 illumination arches adjustable up to a 90° angle and Leica LAS software, allows true color reproduction of the specimen at all brightness levels

Leica LED5000 SLI

Leica LED5000 SLI

The LED5000 SLI spotlight illuminator, with its flexible two-armed gooseneck and integrated LED spotlights, makes it easier for you to adjust the contrast for incident light.

Leica LED5000 CXI

Leica LED5000 CXI

The Leica LED5000 CXI™ coaxial illumination system allows true color reproduction of the specimen at all brightness levels without the yellow hue of halogen illumination and provides up to 50,000 hours of bright daylight quality, flicker free LED illumination, which is very comfortable for the eyes. 

Leica LED5000 HDI

Leica LED5000 HDI

The LED5000 HDI™ illuminator effectively blocks out ambient light and illuminates demanding surfaces with minimal reflections.

Leica LED3000 RL

Leica LED3000 RL

The Leica LED3000 RL ring illuminator guarantees bright, uniform illumination of the specimen over a large object field at a constant color temperature. This is achieved by using the latest generation of LEDs, but above all by using the focusing lens specially developed by Leica.

Leica LED3000 MCI

Leica LED3000 MCI

The Leica LED3000 MCI™ for routine stereo microscopes provides unique multi contrast illumination to identify hard-to-find details on your samples or specimens.

Leica LED3000 SLI

Leica LED3000 SLI

Spotlight illuminators are very useful for all kind of applications, where different contrast for reflected light is important.

Leica LED3000 NVI

Leica LED3000 NVI

Integrated LED’s for daylight quality and true color illumination

The Leica LED3000 NVI near vertical illumination system with 2 integrated LED’s in near vertical LED position increases brightness level and reduces shadows, which is ideal for inspection of holes or depressions.

Leica LED2500

Leica LED2500

The high quality, compact Leica LED2500 illumination system for the Leica S4 E, Leica S6 and Leica M80 series stereomicroscopes combines over 25,000 hours of bright, incident and transmitted LED illumination, which can be used together or controlled individually, and stand for easy transportation and more space. 

Leica LED2000

Leica LED2000

The high quality, compact Leica LED2000 illumination system for the Leica S4 E, Leica S6 and Leica M80 series stereomicroscopes combines over 25,000 hours of bright, incident LED illumination and incident stand for easy transportation and more space.

Leica LED1000

Leica LED1000

The compact Leica LED1000 illumination system for Leica stereomicroscopes or macroscopes, provides up to 4000 hours of high quality, flicker free and ripple free LED illumination to the specimen.

Leica KL200 LED

Leica KL200 LED

The Leica KL200 LEDis an innovative fiber optic light source that uses cold light to illuminate all types of objects in industrial and life science applications.

Leica L2

Leica L2

The Leica L2 cold light source is a powerful, compact, affordable cold light source. It is ideal for many applications in industry and life science.

Leica EL6000

Leica EL6000

The Leica EL6000 external light source for enhanced fluorescence imaging connects via a liquid light guide to all Leica Microsystems