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LAMBDA 1050+ UV/Vis/NIR Spectrophotometer

PerkinElmer LAMBDA 1050+ UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometers are designed to offer the highest performance and flexibility to analyze a wide range of sample types, including analysis of coatings, high performance glass, solar, and advanced materials and components in both research and manufacturing. The LAMBDA 1050+ meets and often exceeds industry standards for ultra-high performance, flexibility, and convenience. The latest generation of LAMBDA 1050+ spectrophotometers are designed to offer faster scan rates, instrument setup and better response times than ever before to maximize your productivity.

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The high performance LAMBDA 1050+ offers unmatched flexibility by providing you the choice to configure systems to suit your needs. From selection of detectors to accessories that provide the most convenient and flexible approach to sampling than any other UV/Vis/NIR system available.

Better Sample Control

The LAMBDA 1050+ has been designed with a host of features and accessories to control your sample and ensure the quality of your data, including:

  • The industry’s largest sample compartments for more sample maneuverability and quick installation of various accessories
  • Snap-in integrating spheres to capture diffuse and specular reflectance. Available in 100 and 150 mm, with 8° reflectance and center mount capability
  • Universal Reflectance Accessory with dual Si and InGaAs detectors for automated, precise and reproducible angle adjustments
  • Pol/Depol Drive Unit for automatic control of polarized or depolarized light via PC
  • Internal instrument-controlled attenuation from 1 to 0.1%, for high absorbing measurements

Smarter Flexibility

The smart modular design of LAMBDA 1050+ together with a range of snap-in accessories allow you to set up the instrument to suit a variety of needs and configurations, including:

  • Dual Sampling Compartment – The LAMBDA 1050+ can be configured with two large sampling compartments for twice the flexibility. Use one for standard reflectance or transmission tests, and the other for more specific customizable applications
  • Universal Reflectance Accessory – Remove the standard detector and snap in this innovative accessory for automatically measuring sample angles
  • Total Absolute Measurement System - The Total Absolute Measurement System (TAMS) provides the highest degree of flexibility and accuracy in measuring specular, as well as diffuse transmission, and reflectance capabilities, with upgradeable detector configuration
  • General-Purpose Optical Bench – Swap in our GPOB to accommodate larger samples such as lenses, beamsplitters and optics

Greater Productivity

  • Faster results - With its high sensitivity, the new LAMBDA 1050+ can scan faster than ever with no reduction in data quality – up to 2.25 times faster Simple Scan and 40% faster Full Scan rates than older versions
  • Higher sensitivity - Double mirrors that offer better signal for greater sensitivity to accurately characterize your samples
  • Reduced Setup Time – With the industry’s lowest instrument setup and sampling setup time, the lightning fast LAMBDA 1050+ is quicker than ever. It allows you to not only go where you’ve never gone before, but you can get there the fastest way possible! We also offer a standard validation kit for all of our LAMBDA spectrophotometers.


Unleash the power of your LAMBDA 1050+ UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometer with UV WinLab software designed for operational simplicity and the power to address the most challenging analyses. Our Enhanced Security (ES) UV WinLab software is designed for busy pharmaceutical, manufacturing, industrial, food, or academic laboratories in regulated environments that require compliance with US FDA 21 CFR Part 11 regulations.


21 CFR Part 11 Compatible Yes
Height 30.0 cm
Interface Tungsten-halogen and Deuterium
Maximum Temperature 35 °C
Minimum Temperature 15 °C
Model Name LAMBDA 1050+
Operating Range 175 - 3300 nm
Portable No
Product Brand Name LAMBDA
Research Areas Food & Agriculture
Warranty 1 year
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Application Note

Absorption Spectroscopy as a Powerful Technique for the Characterization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

UV/Vis/NIR absorption spectroscopy has evolved to a very powerful characterization tool of carbon nanotube dispersions and has thus contributed a significant share to the insights on nanotube purity, functionalization and sorting that were elaborated the past years.

Characterization of Iron Gall Ink on Paper in Artificial Aging Processes

Historical manuscripts are subject to deterioration due to aging processes under different storage and handling conditions. There can be physical, chemical and biological factors with different impact on papers and parchments or inks and dyes. Optical methods are preferred for the evaluation of historic manuscripts because of its non-destructive character. Changes in color and material composition can be correlated to optical parameters. Iron gall inks are known to cause damage to cellulose, the main component in papers. Light-induced fading or color change of a material, a form of photochemical damage caused by the absorption of optical radiation, can be monitored by absorption and reflection measurements.

This application note describes how the PerkinElmer LAMBDA 1050+ Wide Band spectrometer in combination with the 150 mm integrating sphere combination provides an excellent platform for the spectral characterization of manuscript materials in ageing processes.

Directional Reflection Measurements on Highly Reflecting Coatings

We developed spectrophotometry accessories for measuring absolute reflection on highly reflecting samples, not only at near-normal incidences but also at oblique incidences for incident angles up to more than 80 degrees. The accessories are designed for use with a high performance UV/Vis/NIR industrial spectrophotometer and are widely used for the accurate characterisation of mirrors.

Gaining high resolution measurements of optical filters in the NIR range with the LAMBDA 1050 UV/Vis/NIR

Optical filters have many functions, including color correction, used to improve color balance in many optical systems, to neutral density filters that produce specific reduction in the level of transmitted light. The characterization of these diverse optical filter types is critical from design through manufacturing, providing validation of a specific design and the necessary means to perform QC/QA of finished products. This application note highlights PerkinElmer® LAMBDA™ 1050 for determining the best method for the analysis of specific optical filters.

High Absorbance Scanning with LAMBDA 850+ and 1050+ Spectrophotometers

In materials research there is sometimes a need to scan high absorbance samples such as laser protection lenses, optical filters, and polarization materials. Such sample types often need to be measured across the whole UV, Vis and NIR ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum. Accurate high absorbance scanning requires a high performance UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometer with double grating and double monochromator. The stray light level of a spectrophotometer is key to high absorbance scanning and is determined by the quality of the instrument gratings.

This application note describes the procedure for high absorbance scanning with the reference grade PerkinElmer LAMBDA 850+ UV/Vis and LAMBDA 1050+ UV/Vis/NIR double monochromator spectrophotometers.

High Resolution Scanning Performance with the PerkinElmer LAMBDA 1050+

The LAMBDA 1050 is the latest in the line of high performance UV/Vis/NIR double monochromator spectrometers offered by PerkinElmer. This instrument incorporates many of the latest technological advances in optical design, including full wavelength range three detector technology, a high resolution, high energy optical system incorporating low stray light holographic gratings, and Indium Gallium Aresnide (InGaAs) sampling modules for enhanced near-infrared (NIR) performance.

Material Characterization Analyzers for Building Glass Measurements

Building or Architectural glass products control the amount of light and heat entering a building, offering safety and security, insulation against noise, providing privacy, comfort and decoration. Building glass products can play a vital role in improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions in buildings which account for as much as 50 percent of the energy consumed in developed countries. Choosing the right materials used for buildings can significantly help improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.

This application note discusses how PerkinElmer’s UV/Vis/NIR and Fourier-Transform Infra-Red (FT-IR) spectrometers along with a range of accessories and software are specially tailored for measurement of optical solar and thermal properties of building glass, without the need for cutting into small pieces.

Measuring Absorptance (k) and Refractive Index (n) of Thin Films with the PerkinElmer LAMBDA 1050+ High Performance UV/Vis/NIR SpectrometersUV/Vis Spectroscopy

An optical coating consists of a combination of thin film layers that create interference effects used to enhance transmission or reflection properties for an optical system. How well an optical coating performs is dependent upon the number of factors, including the number of layers, the thickness of each layer and the differences in refractive index at the layer interfaces. The transmission properties of light are predicted by wave theory. One outcome of the wave properties of light is that waves exhibit interference effects. Light waves that are in phase with each other undergo constructive interference, and their amplitudes are additive. Light waves exactly out of phase with each other (by 180°) undergo destructive interference, and their amplitudes cancel. It is through the principle of optical interference that thin film coatings control the reflection and transmission of light.

Polymer Applications Compendium

Today’s plastics are some of the most used materials on a global volume basis. Broadly integrated into today’s industrial and commercial lifestyles, they make a major, irreplaceable contribution to virtually every product category.

In this compendium you will find a wide range of applications for polymers, plastics, rubbers and advanced materials. Discover how to put these applications to work for you simply and efficiently.

Quantification of Lactate in a Multicomponent System

Lactate generation and quantification is a topic of increasing interest in cancer metabolic research and also one of the most often measured parameters during clinical exercise testing and performance testing of athletes. Lactate also has different regulatory functions for wound development depending on the concentration present.

With high-end spectroscopic devices and appropriate chemometric methods it is possible to characterize the concentrations of lactate in complex systems in physiologically relevant amounts. A wavelength range from 2000 nm to 2400 nm can be used for the identification and quantification of lactate because of the two distinct absorption bands in this range. However, spectral overlaps occur with other components of wound fluid such as glucose, albumin (protein), triacetin (model substance for triglycerides), and urea.

This application note describes a procedure developed for quantification of lactate with multivariate (multi-wavelength) algorithm using PerkinElmer LAMBDA 1050+ UV/Vis/NIR spectrometer. With high stability, accuracy, and signal-to-noise ratio in the near infrared region to characterize complex matrices even in the presence of a large proportion of water, the LAMBDA 1050+ offers good potential for future noninvasive NIR lactate monitoring procedures.

Reflectance Measurements of Materials Used in the Solar Industry

The primary goal of this technical note is to guide the user through the accessory selection process for different specular/ diffuse samples. This will be achieved by measuring identical samples with varying contributions of diffuse and specular reflection, on three different reflection accessories, and then comparing the spectra generated.

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Simple Method of Measuring the Band Gap Energy Value of TiO2 in the Powder Form using a UV/Vis/NIR Spectrometer

The measurement of the band gap of materials is important in the semiconductor, nanomaterial and solar industries. This note demonstrates how the band gap of a material can be determined from its UV absorption spectrum.

Transmittance Test for Infrared Proximity Sensors in Mobile Phones

Although smart phone usage has increased dramatically, many users are unaware of the proximity sensors used in their devices. The proximity sensor (infrared hole) is one of many possible biosensors and is usually identifiable as a black round hole located at the top of the mobile phone screen. These biosensors control mobile phone screens by sensing infrared changes occurring in the human body, making them more useful to consumers. To achieve such screen control, the IR hole on the mobile phone has to selectively pass infrared rays, while blocking ultraviolet rays and visible light. This application note describes how PerkinElmer LAMBDA 1050+ UV/Vis/NIR Spectrophotometer with Integrating Sphere can be used for transmittance test of infrared proximity sensors.

Visible Reflectance Spectroscopy of Human Skin: the use of CIE L*a*b* Color Analysis for In Vivo Ethnic Skin Characterization

This schema remains a recognized tool for dermatological research in classifying the response of human skin to visible light for the health and skin care industry. The Fitzpatrick Scale is a modernization of the older Von Luschan’s Chromatic Scale which uses a series of 36 opaque glass tiles to characterize skin color. Figure 1 shows the range of colors for human skin as described by Von Luschan’s tiles. The Fitzpatrick scale then groups these into six skin types: albino, fair, beige, Mediterranean brown, dark brown, and black.



Comprehensive and Compliant Solutions for Glass Analysis

It’s clear, glass has a variety of uses, from practical to technological to decorative. In particular, float glass is widely used in architecture, automotive, transportation, photovoltaic, and solar industries.

For glass testing labs around the world, we offer highly accurate and tailored solutions including instrumentation, accessories, software, and services, to ensure you get the most out of your analysis. Focused and flexible, our technology enables glass manufacturers to determine efficient energy storage and test raw materials for the required properties. We provide industry-trusted solutions that align with the latest glass regulations (EN, ISO, and CIE), improving the flow and productivity of your lab. Download our Interactive Brochure to learn more.

LAMBDA 1050+ Interactive Brochure

The demand for smart materials with advanced properties for improved safety, efficiency and functionality is rapidly growing. Accurate characterization of a wide-range of sample materials is critical for manufacturers and researchers developing products to ensure their performance meets exacting regulatory standards and stakeholder expectations. And we all know how much speed counts in today’s markets! From characterization of a wide-range of glass (architectural, automotive, functional, or solar) to optical films, coatings, semi-conductors, and other advanced materials, the new LAMBDA 1050+ UV/Vis/NIR systems sets the standard for high-performance, flexibility and convenience to ensure faster, better product development and grow your business.

Meat and Seafood Testing Solutions

Food testing labs like yours are constantly challenged with accurately analyzing samples quickly and efficiently - all while striving to reduce costs due to market forces. Your commitment to ensuring meat and seafood are safe for consumption, as demand increases, is an uphill battle.

Our commitment to you: to provide a range of solutions across multiple technologies, products, and services that meets or exceeds the testing needs of food processors. Our solutions offer more efficiency and increased accuracy and sensitivity for better yields in real time with minimal training.

From instrumentation and software to consumables and reagents to service and support, we are dedicated to providing you with end-to-end solutions that ease your everyday challenges of automation, throughput, service, and time to results.


Case Study

A Spectroscopic In Vitro Method for the Calculation of Sunscreen SPF Values

Sunscreen protects skin by either absorbing or reflecting the harmful ultraviolet rays, preventing them from reaching the skin. Using sunscreen while exposed to the sun can greatly reduce the chances of damaging skin cells, and developing cancer. For this study the PerkinElmer® Lambda™ 1050 equipped with a 150 mm integrating sphere will be use to collect scatter transmission data for sunscreen placed on a tape substrate. Testing sunscreen on a tape model of human skin to calculate the SPF value is more convenient and economical than testing on human skin.


Field Application Report

Measurement of Enhanced Specular Reflector (ESR) Films Using a LAMBDA 1050+ UV/Vis/NIR Spectrometer and URA Accessory

To verify the performance of ESR films represents a measurement challenge for many commercial spectrophotometer systems. Not only are ESR films designed to achieve very high reflectance (>98% R) in the visible spectral range, but are required to achieve this high reflectance at any angle of incidence and under any state of light polarization. Therefore, the ESR films need to be measured with an absolute variable angle reflectance accessory combined with an automated polarization accessory.



High-End UV-VIS-NIR Solutions in Advanced Materials Testing Flyer

Advanced optical materials, nanomaterials, and manmade chemicals can go a long way toward addressing the most vexing issues of our day. In materials testing, there’s sometimes a need to characterize complex samples, such as laser protection lenses, architectural glasses, optical filters, and anti-reflective coatings. Whether you’re performing testing and analysis in specialty glass/glazing, virtual reality, optoelectronics, automotive, laser technology, or solar panels, we have the right solution for you with our high performance LAMBDA series and appropriate sampling accessories.

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Advanced Solutions for Solar Cells

Download this poster for an all-in-one view of how PerkinElmer instrumentation can answer the analytical needs of the solar market. From R&D of nanomaterials and advanced materials to solar cell component testing including aging and defect analysis - our UV/Vis, DSC, TGA, FT-IR and ICP systems help our customers face a range of similar challenges to achieve high product quality and reduce costs.

Functional Measurement in Nanomaterials using Optical and Thermal Techniques

Advanced instrumentation is key to work in nano-materials. Functional tools such as optical and thermal measurement techniques allow the characterization of materials. As such, they complement imaging tools such as AFM and TEM-SEM which give spatial information on the structure of the materials. This poster presents examples of recent challenging measurements carried out in band gap analysis, plasmon resonance and polymorphic structure.

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The Use of UV/VIS/NIR Spectroscopy in the Development Of High Efficiency PV Solar Cells

From the start of our busy days to the end, electricity is the life blood that keeps us going. We cook, heat, clean, light, work, communicate and are entertained all driven by electricity. The most common modes of generation are hydro, nuclear geothermal or fossil fuel powered. There is a clear need throughout the world to develop clean renewable sustainable sources of power to support growing economies and reduce our carbon footprint.

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Product Note

Lambda UL270 Accessory UV/Vis Spectroscopy - Trusted Glass Measurements for Better Product Development

The PerkinElmerUL270 integrating sphere is a unique accessory that allows new accuracy to be achieved in the measurement of light-diffusing materials and adequately solves the various measurement problems involved in measuring transmittance and reflectance of light redirecting and light-scattering samples discussed in detail.


Regulatory Compliance Certification

Product Certificate - UV Lambda 850+/1050+

Product Certificate for the UV/VIS or UV/VIS/NIR Spectrometers, Models Lambda 850+, 1050+, 1050+2D and1050+3D with or without Total Absolute Measurement System (TAMS) accessory

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Technical Note

Full-Spectrum, Angle-Resolved Reflectance and Transmittance of Optical Coatings Using the LAMBDA 1050+ UV/VIS/NIR Spectrophotometer with the ARTA Accessory

We evaluated a 3M® visible mirror film for potential use in a new curved photovoltaic module using a LAMBDA 950 spectrophotometer with an ARTA accessory. In this application, the 3M® film must transmit near-infrared photons to the underlying silicon solar cells (where they will be converted directly to electricity) while reflecting visible photons to the focus of the module where they may be absorbed by, for example a wavelength-agnostic thermal absorber used to drive a heat engine.

Linearity Measurements in the Visible Region on a LAMBDA 850+/1050+ Using Hellma Linearity Filters

This note demonstrates the use of Hellma® linearity filters to study the linearity of the PerkinElmer® high performance LAMBDA™ instruments (LAMBDA 850, 950 and 1050) in the visible region of the spectrum.

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White Paper

Major Considerations in Choosing a High-Performance UV/Vis or UV/Vis/NIR System

UV/Vis and UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopy are well established analytical techniques being effectively applied across a wide range of industries. High-performance UV/Vis spectroscopy has expanded into new applications, especially in the life sciences. At the same time, in traditional application areas such as materials characterization, optics, coatings, glass, pharmaceutical QA/QC, and color control, UV/Vis spectroscopy has become more sophisticated, providing higher quality results faster and easier than ever. In choosing a UV/Vis system or one with added NIR (near infrared) capabilities, there are many considerations. Traditional specifications such as wavelength range or sensitivity are critically important. Yet other elements such as ease of operation, speed of analysis, sampling flexibility, maintenance, and long-term durability may be important in meeting current and future needs. This whitepaper examines these issues in detail and present some newly available options that can provide a stronger foundation for choosing your next UV/Vis or UV/Vis/NIR system.

Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Nanotechnology White Paper

There is a growing body of evidence showing that there are significant differences between some nanomaterials and their non-nanoscale counterparts. What those differences portend raises many new questions about their potential to cause harm to human health and the environment.