Advanced Illumination

Advanced Illumination is a trusted lighting source for factory automation professionals by providing advanced machine vision lighting technology. As a premium vendor of machine vision lighting, Ai lighting solutions allow you to utilize advanced lighting technology with complete quality assurance for your next vision application. With Ai lighting solutions, you gain advanced technology with complete quality assurance.

AI Machine Vision Lighting and Products

Gibson Engineering partners with our vendor Advanced Illumination to bring you innovative lighting options for your machine vision projects. Our years of experience & complete vision lab, paired with Ai products, allow our team to quickly & accurately find the best lighting solution for your next vision project.

Advanced Illumination Product Solutions

Advanced Illumination provides automation-ready products crafted by engineers with over 25 years of experience delivering top-quality innovations.


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.

Notable models include:

  • Edge-lit: The BX Series Edge-lit backlights offer high brightness with low heat output. This product comes in the most common wavelengths and offers expandable sizes up to 24" by 24".
  • Back-lit: The BL Series has a back-lit array of LEDs with a planar. The light features a low-profile design for flexibility in your applications and custom size and power options.
  • UltraSeal IP69K: The BL245 Series are IP69K certified to withstand harsh environments like high-pressure steam and liquid immersion.
  • Collimated: The CB Series is designed for precision silhouetting and supports applications like glass and plastic defect detection, thread inspection and printed circuit board (PCB) hole accuracy.
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.

Features include:

  • Daisy-Chainable: EuroBrite™ bar lights offer high illumination and built-in control for strobe and continuous modes. Daisy chain up to four lights for a length of up to 48".
  • High Current: MicroBrite™ and LL Series bar lights support high-current applications with a range of wavelengths and expandable sizes.
  • High Dispersion: AL Series lights offer high dispersion lighting for short working distances and reflective surfaces.
  • Narrow & Wide: The AL Series also features narrow and wide versions to meet illumination requirements for your application.
  • IP69K: UltraSeal bar lights withstand corrosive washdown environments, high-pressure steam and liquid immersion.

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.

Advanced Illumination coaxial lights feature qualities like:

  • High-current ratings
  • Square, linear and spot designs
  • Heat sinks and other thermal management technology
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: FD and FX Series diffuse lights have a flat, space-saving design with illumination made for highly reflective objects.
  • Domed Illuminators: A range of dome light sizes allows for inspection of rough, reflective, specular and topographic surfaces.
  • Micro Sizes: Compact sizes like the extra small and small dome light save space in various applications. The small dome light also offers a three-channel, RGB configuration.
  • Extra Large Sizes: The DL071 Large Area diffuse light provides illumination over an 18" square for larger workpiece applications.
  • Line lights: Wide linear diffuse lights support the inspection of cylindrical and elongated objects and function well in multi-camera setups. Narrow linear lights offer precision scanning for highly reflective materials.
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.

Ai line lights offer features like:

  • High and low current ratings
  • Wavelength options
  • Oblique designs for inspecting engraved and raised lines on a workpiece
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 from Advanced Illumination 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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Our Vision Lab Process

Gibson Engineering combines a legacy of experience with our cutting-edge vision lab to accurately prove your machine vision project specifications, mitigate risk and increase your return on investment (ROI).

vision lab

Our vision lab evaluation is a four-step process:

  1. Define requirements: In this initial stage, our team learns about your vision applications and reviews your cycle time, inspection criteria, field of view and physical constraints.
  2. Send us parts: At this stage, you send your components to us, so our engineering team can evaluate the sample parts, inspection requirements and the variable considerations that will drive successful deployment.
  3. Proof of concept: The project team tests your parts using various real-world conditions like camera resolutions, lighting and lensing styles. We then analyze our findings against your specific parameters to evaluate project success and create an evaluation report and inspection time analysis to display our findings.
  4. Review the results: Finally, our engineers provide a proof of concept with an in-depth quotation for the proposed hardware for your project. We will provide sample images, job files from our testing and application feedback for your reference.

Contact Us to Test Advanced Illumination Lights for Your Next Automation Project

Gibson Engineering has an award-winning team of engineers who provide solutions in areas ranging from machine control to pneumatics and robotics.

Headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, we serve customers located from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast with world-class engineering support. When you need quality illumination testing, you can trust an engineering firm with more than seven decades of experience.

Ready to test your Advanced Illumination lighting or want to learn more? Reach out to the Gibson Engineering team online or request a quote today.