PASPORT High Sensitivity Light Sensor - PS-2176


The light sensor shown in use with the Rotary Motion Sensor and a PASCO Optics Bench to explore the diffraction of light.


The High Sensitivity Light Sensor is designed to perform visible light studies from low intensity spectral studies to daylight. Built-in automatic variable oversampling reduces noise.

Typical Applications

  • Spectrophotometry
  • Interference and Diffraction patterns.
  • Measure light intensity vs. distance.


  • PASPORT Sensor Extension Cable
  • Sensor Handle
  • Specifications

    Sensing Element
    • Si PIN photodiode
    Spectral Response
    • 320 nm – 1100 nm
    Gain Levels
    • 100x, 10x, 1x, switch-selectable
    • 0.01 Lux at 1000 Hz on a 0 to 100 scale
    • 0.0005 Lux at 5 Hz on 0 to 100 scale
    • 0 to 1 lux (approx)
    • 0 to 100 lux (approx)
    • 0 to 10,000 lux (approx)
    Maximum Sample Rate
    • 1000 Hz

    Buying Guide

    Interface Required

    To use this product you need a PASCO interface. 

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    Software Required

    SPARKvue software or PASCO Capstone software may be used. PASCO Capstone is available for Mac and Windows. SPARKvue is available for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chromebooks.

    Learn more about Bluetooth Compatibility.