Streamlined Lasers Enable Lower-Cost Instruments than LEDs
superior performance and lower total cost in comparison with LEDs for life sciences instrumentation. Biotech instrumentation manufacturers are currently developing products that feature increased miniaturization and lower costs per use, in part to support worldwide trends in health care. For instruments based on fluorescence, this has opened a debate as to whether the laser or the LED represents the best choice for a light source. The superior performance of lasers is well known, but it may not be obvious that lasers nearly always also represent a lower-cost option.