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Illumination Design Gets Faster, Easier

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In the development of illumination systems, many factors complicate the designer's job. Design software not only is making it easier, but also is shortening the design cycle.

Bruce Irving

From cell phones to automotive dashboards, illuminated displays have become commonplace. Historically, they were designed with rudimentary software tools, and, consequently, many prototype iterations were required. But in the past decade, the explosive growth in the market has fueled the development of software packages specifically constructed for illumination system design. These programs rely on ray tracing. They propagate light rays through-out the system and take into account such issues as refraction, reflection and scattering at each interface and medium. Because conventional...Read full article

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