Illumination Design

At the most basic level, the task of an optical engineer is tracing rays of light as they move from an image to an image collector ( CCD, human eye, CMOS sensor, Photo diode or other detector)  or from a light source (laser, LED, halogen, incandescent, quantum dot, fluorescent)  to target area.

In practice though the know-how and experience related to illumination design can be quite different than imaging design know-how.

At OFH we have engineers with 10 + years of work history in lighting and illumination design. While the basics of tracing light from a source are similar the applications, materials and production methods are almost limitless.

Materials used in past illumination (non imaging) designs include:

  • PMMA (Acrylic)
  • PMMI
  • Polycarbonate
  • Aluminum 
  • Alanod
  • Glass
  • Sapphire

Production methods used in past illumination projects include:

  • Injection molding
  • Forming
  • Injection molding plus vacuum deposition of aluminium
  • Grinding and polishing 
  • Diamond turning
  • machining 
  • 3D printing 

Applications for past illumination design programs include:

  • Roadway lighting (IES Type II, Type III, Type IV, Type V, EN 13201)
  • Automotive lighting (decorate, DOT standards,
  • Medical lighting ( head lamps, endoscopic, fiber optic)
  • Light pipes (buttons, decorative, indicators, automotive pointers)
  • Projectors 
  • Office and commercial lighting ( overhead, wall wash, grow lights)
  • Home lighting 
  • Aircraft lighting (runway, interior, signal, emergency )
  • Mobile phone attachments
  • Laser treatments ( skin resurfacing, tattoo removal)
  • Human eye illumination 


Please use the form below to send your questions about how OFH can assist with your next lighting design program.