Advanced Illumination

Advanced Illumination is a trusted lighting source for factory automation professionals by providing advanced machine vision lighting technology.

Advanced Illumination Product Solutions


Advanced Illumination backlights provide an area of uniform illumination, oriented behind the object of interest, primarily for creating a part silhouette of instant contrast between dark and light. It is most useful for edge detection, part location/orientation or presence/absence, hole detection and object gauging.

  • Edge-lit
  • Back-lit
  • UltraSeal IP69K
  • Collimated
bar lights

These bar lights offer both bright field and dark field illumination, depending on angle of incidence with respect to the object of interest. Because of the variety of lengths available, bar lights can also be used in replacement of Spot or Ring Lights when greater intensity is required.

  • Daisy-Chainable
  • High Current
  • High Dispersion
  • Narrow & Wide
  • IP69L

Coaxial Lights provide a type of diffuse illumination, generated from an internal source. The light is then deflected downward onto the imaging plane via a 50% beamsplitter, which also allows light from the object to be collected by the camera above. Ideal for imaging highly reflective objects or where the area of inspection is obscured by shadows from its surroundings.

diffuse lights

Diffuse lighting, also known as “cloudy-day illumination” provides non-directional, soft illumination that is free of shadowing. This effect is well suited for inspecting highly specular, and curved objects, but at close working distances.

  • Flat Domes
  • Doomed Illuminators
  • Micro Sizes
  • Extra Large Sizes
line lights

LED Line Lights, as opposed to linear array bar lights, employ a secondary lens to focus the light into a narrow beam, typically for short to intermediate working distances, and are mostly used in conjunction with line scan cameras.

ring lights

Dark field ring lights provide illumination that is projected at a shallow angle to the imaging surface, 45 degrees or less. Typical applications include reflective flat surface defect or edge detection. Bright field ring lights provide illumination directly onto an object, at angles of incidence above 45 degrees from horizontal, creating distinct shadows or general purpose illumination depending on subjects features.

  • Light & Dark Field
  • Aimed & Angled LED
  • Diffuse
  • Large and Micro Sizes
spot lights

Spot Lights are typically characterized as general-purpose illuminators. They may be used to create both bright field and dark field effects, depending on the light angle of incidence. Working distances can be short to long, depending on available intensity and beam spread. Available in large, compact and micro sizes these high intensity spot lights are beneficial when deployed in tight spaces.

Wavelengths: UV • Blue • Green • Yellow • Red • Infrared • RGB • White

dcs controller

The DCS Series Controllers provide Lighting Control Flexibility in a compact, slim 115 mm x 122 mm and only 22 mm wide package. Seamless switching from continuous-on to gated on/off and strobe overdrive; 3 independently configurable trigger inputs. 1 output, 3 channels – designed to drive multi-channel RGB / segment lights, as well as single higher current draw lights.

dcs3 controller

DCS triple output controller provides seamless switching from continuous-on to gated on/off and strobe overdrive; 3 independently configurable trigger inputs. 3 Independent Outputs – designed to drive up to 3 lights, synchronously or asynchronously.

quad controller

Quad Controller provides control for computational imaging, including photometric stereo, extended depth of field, combined bright field + dark field, high dynamic range, and high resolution color. It includes built-in preprogramming sequencing, 4 independent channels and 1 output connector.

quad x2 controller

With 8 independent channels and 2 output connectors the Quad X2 Controller is ideal for multi-channel lights and multi-light stations. Housed within a compact enclosure with DIN rail mounting it is driven with SignaTech for improved safety and easy operation.

ics2 controller

The ICS2 inline current source provides steady and optimal current to lights from a small package when a larger, more flexible external controller is not necessary. Provides continuous-on and DC gating on/off control as well as 0-10 volt analog dimming. 30 uSec response time.

ics3 controller

The ICS3 & 3S inline current source provides steady and optimal current to lights from a small package when a larger, more flexible external controller is not necessary. Switching between continuous-on, gating on/off and strobe overdrive is seamless. The iCS 3 and iCS 3S employ Ai’s exclusive Adaptive Overdrive that optimizes strobe power regardless of input Pulse Width. The iCS 3 is a default-on device on power-up, whereas the iCS 3S is a default-off device, requiring a trigger to illuminate.

pulsar controller

With a software-based interface the compact Pulsar 320 provides the ultimate in lighting control flexibility for strobe-only, high power requirement applications. 2 outputs for controlling 2 lights independently, each capable of 50A @ 100 volts output.

Lighting Education

Backlighting & Wavelength Considerations
Dark Field Illumination
Adjusting Light Geometry

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Advanced illumination (Ai) is a designer and manufacturer of LED lighting assemblies and drivers for machine vision, industrial imaging, bio-medical and related imaging applications. Ai products provide the highest lighting performance using state-of-the-art LED components, current-mode drivers and strobe sources, and rigorous optical and thermal design technique.

Contact Gibson Engineering to see how Advanced Illumination lighting technology can be used in your next inspection application!