CrimeScope CS-16-500W

CrimeScope CS-16-500W
CrimeScope CS-16-500W
CrimeScope CS-16-500W

The CS-16-500 was designed for those departments that prefer Xenon 500W lamps to Metal Halide Lamps because of the extra Infrared output for forged documents. Small enough to be taken to the crime scene but versatile enough to fit comfortably in the lab, the CS-16-500 covers the UV - VIS and is available with optional IR. The life time of the lamp is the same as for the Metal Halide 400W lamps i.e. 1500 hours.

Note: Spare 500W Xenon lamps cost 2-3 times more than 400 Metal Halide while the Blue-Green intensity output used in most forensic applications is the same.

Segment: Scientific
Division: Forensics
Base product

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.

Ease of Use

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.

Operate easily with One Hand

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.

Infrared Capability

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.

Technical Specifications

Type of Lamp: Xenon
Lifetime: 1,500 hours
Electrical Power: 500WAC
Electrical Specifications: 100-220 VOLT +/10%, 50/60 Hz, 7 AMP
Warranty: One Year on Parts and Labor


  • 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

The CrimeScope is also available configured with 12 wavelengths for economy.

CrimeScope CS-16-400 and CrimeScope CS-16-10

The Original CrimeScope CS-16-10 introduced in 1993 and later, the CrimeScope CS-16-400, are no longer available. They have been replaced by the CS-16-500W above.

Both earlier CrimeScopes are still being supported by SPEX Forensics.

If you are one of the Hundreds of CrimeScope users with one of these Classic Models, and require service or spare parts, please Register here to access the User section of our website and inquire about service.

If you have questions on their use or abilities please visit our CrimeScope Support Blog in the User section.

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