Products, Materials & Tools | Aug 25, 2009

Brandenburg Gmbh and Beacon Concepts LLC Announce LucidShape 1.8

Beacon Concepts LLC and Brandenburg announce Release 1.8 of its LucidShape software with LucidFunGeo for lighting design and analysis. LucidShape reduces product development time by 30-50%.

The new LucidShape 1.8 release has many new features and improvements:
• Draft Angle Analysis
• Luminace Camera
• IES Roadway Classifications
• Polar Candela Plot
• Dual Filament Marcofocal Application
• Feature modeling/Parameterization
• TC 4-45 and Benchmarking

With the new draft angle display, the optical designer can immediately examine the draft on surfaces. This can dramatically speed optical design work flow, and ensures the design can be produced. If areas of the surface are black they are below the required draft angle and must be corrected.

Capturing lit appearance images from an optical system can be very useful for analyzing the unit’s performance and ascetics. The luminance camera is a way to view the lit appearance of any optical component, using far less memory than previously necessary. In addition, the luminance camera can capture the lit appearance from all the objects in the scene, not just objects that have flow sensors.

Street luminaries can now be displayed in such a manner as to identify their IES classification (Type I, II, III and IV). In addition to the new street luminaire diagram, the street illumination application has also been improved with new road surface types and more scene controls.    

LED collimating or diverging secondary optics (total internal reflection) are versatile components for solid state light sources. They cover a large variety of LED applications, are cost efficient and effective. LucidShape offers you a powerful application for the design of these optical components. Not only rotational (spherical) optics are designable, you can also process elliptical optics or create any specialized shape by defining all four curves of the profile. An option for creating cone apertures for the direct coupling into optical fibers is also part of this feature.

About Brandenburg GmbH:
Brandenburg GmbH is a privately held company based in Paderborn, Germany and was founded in 1997. Brandenburg GmbHh has been an industry pioneer in the automotive system design and analysis field and is now branching into the general lighting marketplace. For more information or to download LucidShape visit the company Web site at

About Beacon Concepts LLC:

Beacon Concepts is a new company that has recently been established by Barbara Calt for the exclusive distribution of the LucidShape Family of products in the Americas. Ms. Calt has been working with the LucidShape product for over 6 years in the automotive marketplace. Ms. Calt is now looking forward to the promotion of the LucidShape product in all illumination markets.

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