Case Study


In a recent application the customer needed to test LEDs in automotive brake lights. The brake light consisted of an array of 120 red high power LEDs. The brake light operated in a high intensity mode called ‘stop mode’ and a low intensity mode called ‘tail mode’. When the LEDs were in high intensity mode the existing measurement system would saturate therefore neutral density filters had to be used to reduce the LED intensity to an acceptable level for the test system but when operated in the low intensity mode, the attenuation of the neutral density filters caused inaccuracy in the measurement of LED colour and intensity.


The solution was to use the Feasa LED Analyser in conjunction with the Feasa Optical Head. Six Feasa 20-F LED Analysers were connected together in a daisy chain configuration in order to test 120 LEDs simultaneously. The Feasa LED Analyser is an ideal tool for testing LEDs as it has an extremely wide dynamic range which allows it to test LEDs from the dimmest LED (0.5 mcd) to the brightest LEDs without the use of any external optical attenuators or filters (at least 200 lm).

By using the most advanced sensor technology it was possible to achieve a repeatability of +/- 0.0015 in CIE x and y chromaticity and a repeatability of < 1% in terms of intensity measurement with a linear response between 0 and full scale. In this particular case the customer opted to use the xy chromaticity and intensity outputs from the Feasa LED Analyser.

Feasa provided a comprehensive suite of software tools which were used to adjust the Feasa LED Analyser after it was fitted to the test fixture to ensure that each fiber was measuring the same intensity and colour.

One of the biggest challenges when setting up this test fixture was determining the test limits to use. It was decided that the best method was to test a large quantity of PCBs and using the measured outputs to calculate the mean and standard deviation of each Fiber position.

Test limits were determined using the mean values as measured by the Feasa LED Analyser and the Min/Max tolerances were derived from the relevant LED data sheets.

In order to ensure that the LEDs were thermally stable the LEDs were powered on for a fixed time before any measurement was made.


Using the Feasa balancing software it was then possible to adjust the mean intensity value of each fiber to compensate for any fixture variations. A golden board (Reference board) was tested and the measured value for each fiber was stored. This board was then used to verify the test fixture each day to ensure that there was no drift in the test results. After debug of the test software the test time was approximately 1.5 seconds for the high intensity test and 1.5 seconds for the low intensity test of all 120 LEDs.

The customer reported a near theoretical response from the Feasa LED Analyser in terms of both colour and intensity measurement.