Miniature, half-pitch light-guides offer space saving benefits
Compared with conventional 5.08 mm grid light-guides, the miniaturised versions allow twice the number of display elements within the same physical width. This offers design engineers a whole new range of possibilities, particularly when space is restricted.
The miniature light-guide modules are available in 150 standard variants including both horizontal and vertical radiating types, and single or multi-row modules. A number of different lengths are available as standard and special lengths can be provided at low MOQs due to clever tool inserts. Some versions are panel-mounted thus avoiding the need to drill holes in the PCB. Diffused and clear light-guide options are offered and customised, colored modules are also available; these show the LED display color when the LED is switched off.
Despite their small radiating surface diameter of 2 mm, with a relatively close side-by-side design, the miniature light-guides have been specially developed to prevent glare affecting neighbouring guide elements.
The range of light-guides extends MENTOR’S multi-category portfolio by adding more than 150 new miniature light-guides. In total, MENTOR offers 452 variations of standard light guides, 209 of which are immediately available from stock with low MOQs. Other product categories in which MENTOR excel include diverse opto components, capacitive keypads, knobs, handles and illuminated switching.
As well as standard products, MENTOR has advanced expertise in the design and in-house manufacture of custom light guides and optics for a wide variety of applications. The company is a first-tier supplier to many major automotive and lighting companies.