Illumination Design - How LightTools Delivers Unmatched Value

If the performance or cost of your illumination system is critical to the success of your products, then the answer is LightTools illumination design software. LightTools will increase your engineering productivity, enable faster time-to-market, and provide your products the competitive edge they need. It accomplishes this through unique design and analysis techniques that support complex geometries and quickly provide accurate results. 


Learn how LightTools can help you design and optimize high-performance, cost-effective street lighting systems.

What LightTools Can Do for You

Although it has a wide array of powerful analysis features, such as interactive ray tracing, comprehensive charting and application-specific analysis utilities, LightTools is first and foremost a design tool. Thanks to truly effective illumination optimization, LightTools can help you quickly modify complex systems to achieve the illumination distributions you really need. 

solve illumination problems

Created especially to solve illumination problems

LightTools has been specifically developed for the unique requirements of illumination systems design. With every release, we're offering innovative new capabilities that allow you to push the boundaries of what's possible for illumination systems. So whatever your ultimate design goal is—better energy efficiency, brighter illumination with fewer sources, optimized light distribution—LightTools provides you with an industrial-strength toolkit to make it happen. 

3D design solution

Automatically get the best design solution

Our groundbreaking illumination optimization capabilities are fully integrated, making it easy to define your performance criteria and let LightTools do the heavy lifting to find the best design solution. You can even directly optimize geometry created in SOLIDWORKS® to produce the desired illumination output in LightTools, saving significant amounts of time and effort. 

3D design solution for easier visualization

Our 3D design features make it easy to transform your ideas into reality. You can focus on design, not typing numbers into spreadsheets or constructing complicated macros. Plus LightTools comes with specialized, application-specific tools to jump start your system design and predict performance, saving hours or even days of setup and analysis time. 

LightTools supports complex geometry

LightTools supports complex geometry

Illumination design challenges include not only engineering to get light through the system, but also modeling unusually shaped optical components or geometrically complex fixed portions of the system. LightTools, as a flexible 3D solid modeling design tool, addresses both of these issues.

Accuracy you can count on

Accuracy you can count on

Our customers are impressed with the consistency between LightTools' simulations and measured data. Published papers and customer-supplied data back this up—just ask us for examples from your industry. You can be fully confident that your LightTools design will work right when it's built. 

Increase your engineering productivity

Increase your engineering productivity

LightTools’ advanced design and analysis capabilities, combined with its ease-of-use, make it the tool of choice for illumination engineers.

Our in-house Engineering Services group uses LightTools for its customer-focused engineering work, validating each version on cutting-edge, real-world engineering applications.

Accuracy you can count on

Comprehensive, on-going support

You can rely on rapid access to expert technical support staff who understand optical design and engineering. Our support staff has over 50 person-years of engineering experience, and are dedicated to helping customers use our products. Helping you be successful with LightTools is their full-time job, not just an added responsibility.

In addition, all customers have 24/7 access to a dedicated web site that contains hundreds of resources to help you become more productive, including training videos, usage tips, articles, documentation, FAQs, and example files and models.

Introductory and advanced training courses are provided on a regular basis at our offices. We also offer customized, application-specific training that can be conducted at your site. 

For More Information

If you would like a 30-day free evaluation of LightTools, please contact Synopsys’ Optical Solutions Group at (626) 795-9101, between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. PT, send an email to, or click on the button below for more information or for a quote.