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LED vs. Fiber Optic

Today's microscopes offer an extensive selection of lightsources to suit individual preferences, technical requirements and workplace conditions and applications.  While users appreciate the various options available to them, selecting a lightsource to meet their specific needs can be overwhelming.  What follows is a comparison between the two common microscope lightsources: LED and Fiber Optic.
As with many lightsources, the balance between energy consumption, light output, color temperature and lightsource life requires a careful understanding of the tasks which are to be performed.  While Fiber Optic lighting is preferred for jobs such as wire bonding or soldering of fine-pitch components, pure white LED light is preferred for detailed inspection of circuit boards, welds, solder joints, flux residues and hairline stress cracks.