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Single Multiband Wavelength Excitation for a Mercury Free Microscope
The niji is a revolutionary innovation in mercury-free microscopy, taking advantage of recent advances in lighting technology. With a much smaller environmental impact, this low cost modular LED source with single or multiband wavelength illumination is leading the way. We care about the environment and are trying to help users who care too. The niji can help you to remove dangerous toxins and has far less power consumption than damaging mercury lamps, helping to do your bit toward the environmental impact of research. We’ve tried to use the latest technology to reduce the impact of production but also used old technology and made our packaging recyclable or degradable where possible. You may also be able to benefit from a sustainability grant from your institution to help you switch to new “green tech”. Find out more with our very approximate running cost comparison example (*costs will vary around the world, this is meant for illustrative purposes!)
Individually addressable, individually filtered LED channels
The niji delivers powerful, multi-wavelength excitation from the UV to the NIR, specifically designed for single and multiband fluorescence microscopy.
Fully compatible with microscopes and microscope software
Fully compatible with most standard microscopes, MicroManager, MicroManager 2, Metamorph and a wide range of other software packages from the major manufacturers. Contact us for more information. We also supply a universal collimator with common adapter rings for mechanical fitment.
Along with cold LED illumination, Bluebox Optics recommends the use of a good camera along quality filters to achieve the best signal to noise ratio for your image. In many cases for direct illumination fluorescence microscopy, especially live cell imaging, the most effective illumination is to use the lowest optical power that allows you to get a good pictures using the camera you have available, ideally combined with Camera triggering to only illuminate when capturing pictures. Over illumination will lead to photo bleaching and phototoxicity. The money you save buying the niji LED source can be put towards buying a better quality camera or filters! Please contact us for more information. Photobleaching Photo bleaching occurs when intense light is delivered onto a fluorophore molecule. The light destroys the chemistry of the fluorophore and can quickly lead to fading of the image. The time taken to photobleach varies depending on the specific molecule and can vary from just a “few” photons through to extensive illumination over many hours. Many common dyes like GFP and FITC can photobleach over seconds. Minimising light exposure The easiest way to minimise photobleaching is to minimise the samples’ exposure to light. This can be achieved in a number of ways, ideally exposure time should be kept to a minimum using a more sensitive camera if necessary. The niji also has an optional low light aperture to allow low light delivery whilst running the LEDs at a high enough power for them to be stable in their light delivery. This aperture allows roughly 10% of light to be transmitted. In some circumstances, it may be worth considering accessories such as autofocus stages to allow minimise the time required for focussing or alternatively focussing and checking exposure on a neighbouring part of the slide than that you wish to capture. Phototoxicity The amount of light delivered in fluorescence imaging is often toxic to the cells being imaged. In live cell imaging if very beneficial to keep the total light delivered onto the cell to an absolute minimum.
|UV||Royal Blue||Blue||Cyan||Green/Yellow||Red||Far Red|
|Bandwidth FWHM (nm)||10||18||19||31||62||18||38|
|Typical Optical Power (mW)||120||200||185||90||550||225||70|
|Recommended Filter Sets||LED-DAPI-A-000||LED-CFP-A-000||LED-FITC-A-000||LED-YFP-A-000||LED-TRITC-A000 LED-mCherry-A-000||LED-Cy5-A-000||LED-Cy7-A/B-000|
Note: Optical output powers are given for a ø3 mm liquid light guide, use of a 5 mm light guide will provide approx. 50% more power. Wavelengths and powers are approximate and may vary on LED batch. Each niji will be supplied with a full optical power and wavelength test data.