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Forensic Multi-Wavelength Light Sources & RUVIS

Traditional Multi-Wavelength Forensic Light Sources & RUVIS

Multi-Wavelength Forensic Lights from a Trusted Source

For over 20 years SPEX has brought you products you can rely on

We are happy to be able to offer and support the traditional multi-wavelength forensic alternate light sources from SPEX Forensics.  They provide a more complete range of wavelengths to cover more of the UV to IR spectrum for many application areas

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CrimeScope CS-16-500W

The flagship of the SPEX Forensics Product Line,

The CS-16-500W CrimeScope was designed for those departments that prefer the power and IR capabilities of 500W Xenon lamps.

Designed for the lab to cover every application of a forensic light source but versatile and rugged enough to be taken to the crime scene, the CS-16-500W provides output in the UV and VIS and is available with optional IR.  It is continuously tunable allowing for complete coverage of the spectrum.

The CS-16-500W-15F contains an automated filter wheel with an LED readout on the front of the unit. There is a remote control integrated into the working end of the liquid light guide to control wavelength selection. Since the remote is integrated, there is no separate wire, connection, or control to install. An optional foot switch is available for “hands free” operation.

With one hand, you can both direct the light and select the wavelength, freeing your other hand for evidence collection.  This design - putting the wavelength selecter at the end of the light guide - is a hallmark of SPEX Forensics’s Light Sources.

An available option is Infrared output, ideal for forged documents, ink-ink differentiation. Added to the unit is a lightguide with 4 filters that can be plugged into the port on side of instrument.  This capability adds 4 infrared wavelengths; LP630, LP715, LP780, LP830.

  • Type of Lamp: Xenon
    Lifetime: 1,500 hours
  • New high throughput filters
  • High intensity 500W Xenon bulb for superior wavelength coverage
  • Most complete - 15 wavelengths on internal motorized wheel
  • UV (300-400nm), 415nm, 445nm, 455nm, 475nm, 495nm, CSS (Crime Scene Search shortpass filter SP540nm), 515nm, 535nm, 555nm, SP575nm, 600nm, 630nm, 670nm, White Light.
  • Wavelength fine tuning
  • Remote control for one hand operation
  • Uniform and adjustable illumination spot
  • Optional computer control software
  • Optional infrared capability; LP 630nm, LP715nm, LP780nm, LP830nm

Mini-CrimeScope Advance

The Next Generation of the the premiere multi-wavelength crime scene forensic light source.

The Mini-CrimeScope Advance builds on the knowledge and expertise of more than 20 years of Forensic Light Source design. It incorporates the same ease of use and unmatched reliability of its predecessor, along with the latest in arc lamp technology. The result – a unit that is unsurpassed in performance.

The Mini-CrimeScope Advance is the brightest bulb-based forensic light source on the market. Utilizing new bulb technology and new high throughput, high durability interference filters, the Mini-CrimeScope Advance produces more light than the current Mini CrimeScope 400. Intensity and power allow for better sensitivity, helping to find even the faintest of evidence.

The Mini-CrimeScope Advance (MCS-ADV) is the lightest weight forensic light source in its class. It’s also the brightest choice for all your crime scenes.  Now you will finally be able to bring laboratory intensity into the field. The MCS-ADV is transported in a rigid, padded case that travels easily.  The new case is also convertible into a backpack.  The Mini-CrimeScope Advance is designed to travel!

The MCS-ADV features a patented filter wheel at the working end of the liquid light guide. The user only needs to “flick a thumb” to switch a filter on the hand that is directing the light guide. This allows for True One-Handed Operation. The user can select wavelength and direct light output with the same hand, freeing the other to examine and collect evidence.
No other manufacturer can make this claim.


Two features are critical when using any alternate light source; light intensity and wavelength selection. The Mini-CrimeScope Advance provides very high light intensity in a round, uniform spot that is easily controlled. This allows the user to maximize how much light falls onto the evidence. The greater the light on the evidence, the brighter the fluorescence and evidence detection.

The Mini-CrimeScope provides multiple wavelengths and the easiest way on the market to switch among these. Multiple wavelengths are critical in rejecting background/fluorescence. The evidence you are looking for generally fluoresces while being excited at most wavelengths of the spectrum. When you have a background that also fluoresces, the multiple wavelengths allow the user to select the ideal wavelength to provide for rejection of the background, maximizing contrast.

Type of lamp: Hybrid Gas Discharge Lamp
Lifetime: 2000 hours

  • 1 remote interchangeable thumbwheel (patented) with built in collimator.
  • Includes the following wavelengths in a protective housing: 365(UV), 390, 415, 445, 455, 475, 495, CSS, 515, 535, 555, SP575, 575, 600, WHITE
  • Rugged portable main unit with fold down handle and front control panel with intensity adjustment knob
  • 10mm active diameter Liquid Light Guide (6 feet long) with dual armor plate
  • 4 pairs of goggles: 1 UV protection, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 red
  • Carry Case

Also available in an 8 wavelengths configuration for economy.


SceneScope RUVIS Devices allow the detection of latent prints, prior to treatment

Reflective Ultra Violet Imaging Systems are an integral part of the crime scene investigator‘s search for evidence. By enhancing the observation and collection of evidence including latent prints on smooth non-porous surfaces.  

Print collection can be performed on surfaces such as plastic bags, sticky side of tape, glossy magazine, photographs, linoleum tile, compact disks, credit cards, etc…Cyanoacrylate treatment will further enhance the results of SceneScope RUVIS Devices.

This is possible on surfaces that reflect light very well and do not absorb prints. That is to say surfaces that are smooth and non porous. Untreated sweaty prints show as white reflective ridges on a black background. Untreated oily prints appear as strong, black ridges on a shiny background.

As surfaces become rougher or more porous, “superglueing” the print may extend the range of surfaces on which RUVIS will work. Additionally, RUVIS may help avoid over fuming since SceneScope RUVIS Devices can see the ridges after only a slight fuming.

ALL RUVIS devices use 254nm UV light but they are not detecting fluorescence. Instead the device looks for the reflections and scatter of the 254nm light off of the fingerprint ridges.

Because RUVIS devices see surface detail, they only see material deposited on those surfaces, not materials “IN” the surfaces. This allows superior Background Rejection as the device does not see inks and patterns in printed material. As long as the surface does not show rises or indents, the background will disappear.

Available in two system formats:

  • The SceneScope RUVIS UHD uses intensified UV reflectance instead of fluorescence as in Forensic Light Sources. The System can detect fingerprints on most non-porous surfaces prior to any treatment or after a cyanoacrylate (Superglue) fuming.
  • The SceneScope RUVIS 29MP is an Ultra High Definition camera based on a 29MP sensor with 6644 x 4452 pixel resolution, and a full frame chip. It includes capture software with 3 user selectable modes: Fast Viewing for placement, Focus on the evidence, and High Detail for Capture at High Resolution and High Dynamic Range.