The Wireless Light Sensor provides live data for light level (lux), illuminance, UV Index, and color intensity.
See the Buying Guide for this item's required, recommended, and additional accessories.
The Wireless Light Sensor features two separate apertures - one for ambient light measurements and one for directional light measurements. The ambient sensor measures illuminance and UV Index, while the spot (directional) aperture measures light level and color intensity. Our software displays the relative intensities of Red, Green, and Blue light, then sums them to determine the level of White light. The light available to drive photosynthesis (PAR) and total light power per area (irradiance) are also available as calculated measurements within PASCO Capstone (version 1.8 or later) and SPARKvue software (version 2.6 or later).
- Wirelessly connects to computers, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones
- Simply pair and go, no cables or adapters to manage
- Onboard memory enables the sensor to function as an independent datalogger
- Variable sampling rate for short, precise experiments or lengthy, multi-day data collection
- Bluetooth connectivity and long-lasting coin cell battery
- Indirect PAR measurements for biological studies
- Studying solar energy
- Monitoring UV light levels
- Reflection, absorption, and transmission of light through clear, opaque, and variously colored translucent mediums.
- Investigating polarization and reflectivity
- Modeling planetary motion
- Verifying the inverse square law
- Investigating insolation (solar radiation) and seasons
|Spectral Response||300 nm to 1100 nm|
|Illuminance Range||0 to 131,000 lux|
|Irradiance Range||0 to 1362 W/m2|
|PAR Range||0 to 2400 µmol/m2/s|
|UV Index Range||0 to 12 (typical in daylight)|
|RGB and White Light Range||0 to 100%|
|Maximum Sample Rate||2 Hz (ambient); 20 Hz (spot)|
Battery & Logging
|Stored Data Points Memory (Logging) 1||>15,000|
|Battery - Connected (Data Collection Mode) 2||>210 hr (2-3yrs of normal classroom use)|
|Battery - Logging (Data Logging Mode) 3||11 days|
|Battery Type||Coin cell|
1 Minimum # of data points with all measurements enabled, actual results depend on enabled measurements.
2 Continuous use in a connected state until battery failure, actual results will depend on sample rate, active measurements, and battery condition.
3 Logging until battery failure, actual results will depend on sample rate, active measurements, and battery condition.
* Normal classroom use is the sensor in active use for 20min/lab for 120 lab periods/yr.
This product requires PASCO software for data collection and analysis. We recommend the following option(s). For more information on which is right for your classroom, see our Software Comparison: SPARKvue vs. Capstone »
This product can connect directly to your computer or device with the following technologies. No Interface required. See the following guide for details regarding device compatibility: Wireless Bluetooth Product Compatibility »
Dedicated Datalogging with SPARK LXi
Consider an all-in-one, touchscreen data collection, graphing, and analysis tool for students. Designed for use with wired and wireless sensors, the SPARK LXi Datalogger simultaneously accommodates up to five wireless sensors and includes two ports for blue PASPORT sensors. It features an interactive, icon-based user interface within a shock-absorbing case and arrives packaged with SPARKvue, MatchGraph!, and Spectrometry software for interactive data collection and analysis. It can additionally connect via Bluetooth to the following interfaces: AirLink, SPARKlink Air, and 550 Universal Interface.
|Storage Tray for Wireless Light Sensor and AirLink||PS-3594||$35|
|Coin Cell Battery Pack||PS-3504||$10|
|Required by older computers without bluetooth 4.0 or later USB Bluetooth Adapter||PS-3500||$14|
PASCO light sensors provide students with an accessible method for visualizing real-time light data in a variety of forms. Whether you’re looking to study ambient light, diffractions, or atomic spectra, this page will help you find an affordable light sensor for your applications.
Perform the following experiments and more with the Wireless Light Sensor.
Visit PASCO's Experiment Library to view more activities.
Students measure the ambient light around three plants for a series of days to discover the best light conditions in which they can grow.
In this lab, students use a light sensor to explore whether plants need light and water to survive and what adaptations help them survive.
Students measure the intensity of a light source vs distance. Using their data they explore the mathematical relationship between intensity and distance and discover the inverse square relationship.
In this lab, students will use a light sensor to investigate the relationship between the earth's tilt on its axis, its revolution around the sun, and the seasons.
In this lab, students will use light sensors to investigate how light intensity changes as it gets further from the source.
In this lab, students use a light sensor to compare how organisms, including humans, are able to see. Then, they will compare the light sensitivity of organisms to what an electronic light sensor can detect.
|Wireless Light Sensor Manual||English - 536.18 KB|