Introduction to Illumination Design Using LightTools

A Short Course for Technical Professionals

Spring Training

March 17-19, 2020 - Pasadena, CA

This 3-day short course provides a detailed introduction to the use of LightTools for modeling and analyzing the interaction of light with opto-mechanical systems. It will assume some familiarity with optical concepts and terminology. 

Introduction to Illumination Design using LightTools

You will learn to use all of the major features of LightTools including model creation, illumination simulation, optimization, and COM macro programming. Hands-on use of LightTools forms the basis of the course.


The course will include how to: 

  • Create an opto-mechanical system model within LightTools, with native geometry or imported from a CAD program
  • Use Optical Properties to define the interaction of light with smooth, scattering, and complex surfaces
  • Use Boolean operations to construct complex structures
  • Set up an illumination system, including multiple sources and multiple receivers
  • Understand, interpret, and manipulate the intensity and illuminance analyses
  • Improve system performance by using LightTools optimization with its various merit functions

Course Information

Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. each day, with coffee and lunch breaks at appropriate times.

Attendees are required to bring their own laptop with the latest version of LightTools installed. LightTools must be installed as a Windows programs on the laptop. The user must have Administrator-level privileges on the laptop. For additional information, please see the LightTools hardware/operating system requirements.  LightTools software must installed before attending the class.

Please email for support and more details on setting up the laptop before the first day of class. 

Registration Information

Who Should Attend?
Any engineer, designer, or scientist who wants to learn to use LightTools illumination design software for optical systems modeling and illumination analysis will benefit from this course. Though not required, some familiarity with optical engineering and CAD (concepts and terminology) is helpful.

Directions and accommodation information will be emailed upon receipt of registration.

Registration and Fees
The fee for this short course is $1,000, and the attendee must provide their own laptop. This includes instruction, course notes, and refreshments.

Attendance is limited, though minimum enrollments must be met. Pre-registration with payment must be made at least three weeks before the start of the courses. The fee is refundable up to that point. (A $200 fee is charged for later cancellations.)

Lunches will be provided on all days, so please indicate your dietary preference on the registration form.

For all registration questions, please contact: 

Synopsys OSG Training Registration

Phone: (626) 795-9101
Fax: (626) 795-9102 

Course Instructors

Mary Kate Crawford, Ph.D. is a Systems Engineer/Technical Consultant in Customer Service. Dr. Crawford provides technical support for both LightTools and CODE V and has over 15 years optical design experience. 

Mali Maliyagoda is a Senior Optical Engineer/Technical Consultant in Customer Service. Mr. Maliyagoda provides technical support for LightTools and has over 10 years experience in illumination design. 

Craig Pansing is an Application Engineer with over 10 years of experience. He provides technical support for CODE V and LightTools.