NIRLIGHT – Handheld NIR Spectrometer

Portable and handheld near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy device designed to analyze substances and materials in the field.

NIRLIGHT – Ultra-light, robust and wireless analyzer

Ultra-compact and ergonomic point-and-click NIR solution for the analysis of various materials in all shapes, forms and colours.

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NIRLIGHT for any Industry

The NIRLIGHT near-infrared spectrometer is the perfect instrument for analyzing a wide variety of samples outside of the laboratory.

Pharmaceuticals and Drugs Inspection

The NIRLIGHT significantly speeds up incoming goods and quality inspections in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. The handheld NIR spectrometer eliminates the need for sample transport to the laboratory.

Polymer and Plastic Identification

The portable near-infrared analyzer enables plastic recycling, plastic sorting and waste management organizations to identify all kinds of polymer (PP, PE, PET, PA6 vs PA66, LDPE, HDPE, PVC, ABS, etc.) and various sample types such as granulates, flakes, finished parts, and more on-site within seconds.

Narcotics & Explosives Detection

Our handheld NIR spectrometer is designed to not only identify, but also quantify illicit substances and explosives on-site. The NIRLIGHT is an easy-to-use and safe solution for law enforcement, drug checking services and harm reduction organizations.

Food & Livestock Analysis

Ergonomic and robust handheld NIR device for the prediction of the composition of different components in food and livestock as protein, fat, moisture content, minerals, and more.

Feed & Agricultural Products Inspection

Instead of delivering the sample to the laboratory, we bring the mobile lab to the sample in the field and enable fast on-the-spot nutritional analysis of (aqua)feed.

Bluetooth and USB connectivity to smartphone and tablet

Rapid and real-time near-infrared analysis anywhere

Point-and-Click solution with multi-function button for intuitive usage

Non-destructive material analysis with near-infrared spectroscopy

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NIRLIGHT Next Generation of Ultra-Compact Near-Infrared Spectrometer Sensors

The Specifications

Illumination sourceTwo integrated vacuum tungsten lamps
Lamp life40,000 hr
Sample working distance3 mm from window optimal, 0-15 mm
Dispersing elementVIAVI linear variable filter (LVF)
Detector128 pixel lnGaAs photodiode Array
Wavelength range950 – 1650 nm (10,526 – 6060 cm-1)
Pixel-to-pixel interval6.2 nm for 950 – 1650 nm
Spectral bandwidth (FWHM)<l.25% of center wavelength, 1% typical
Analog-to-digital convertor16 bit
Dynamic range (Max)1000:1
Measurement time (typical)0.25 – 0.5 sec
Signal-to-noise ratio (typ.)25,000
Integration time10 ms typical, minimum 10 μsec
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1 (BLE) and USB 2.0
Weight<250 g (<9 oz)
Size (Length x Diameter)194 mm (6.64′) x 47 mm (1.85′)
BatteryRechargeable Li-ion, not removable
Battery run time/charge10 hours with lamps on continuously
Battery cycle life75% capacity after 300 charge cycles
Battery charge time3.5 hours at 1 A
Operating temperature-20 – 40°( (noncondensing)
Storage temperature-20 – 50°( (noncondensing)
Dust and water resistanceIP65 and IP67
Shock and vibrationMIL-PRF-28800F Class 2

Small size

Simple Handling

Length: 20 cm
Diameter: 5,5 cm


Accesories which can be ordered on demand

MicroNIR / NIRLIGHT Transmission Fixture
99% 1.25″ Diffuse Reflectance Standard
50% 1.25″ Diffuse Reflectance Standard
10% 1.25″ Diffuse Reflectance Standard
White Reference Panel
Windowed collar, Small
Windowed collar, Large
PAT Windowless collar, small
Windowless collar, large
Dark/White Reference Panel
Tablet Probe
Side View Vial Holder
Droplet Sampler
Mini Probe
Side View Vial Spinner (40°C)
Side View Vial Spinner (70°C)
Vial Clear Glass PE Cap 100/Pack
1 meter USB Ruggedized / Waterproof Straight Mini-B
2 meters USB Ruggedized / Waterproof Straight Mini-B
1 meter USB Reversible Micro USB to Straight A Cable
Extended Warranty – 1 Year
Extended Warranty – 2 Year
Extended Warranty – 3 Year

NIRLIGHT is a robust, ergonomic and easy-to-use NIR spectroscopy device!

Florentin – Founder NIRLAB AG

Science & Blog

NIRLAB solutions analyze substances using near infrared spectroscopy. Learn more about the scientific background.

La permanence de «drug checking» a été inaugurée au Flon, à Lausanne, en octobre 2022. Elle permet aux fêtards de tester gratuitement la qualité de leur drogue pour qu’ils ne la consomment pas à l’aveugle.

Good start for the drug control center: scanned 170 samples

In six months, the Lausanne facility has attracted 90 consumers wishing to test their drugs. The canton is considering the future of the programme.

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Providing illicit drugs results in five seconds using ultra-portable NIR technology

The analysis of illicit drugs faces many challenges, mainly regarding the production of timely and reliable results and the production of added value from the generated data. It is essential to rethink the way this analysis is operationalised, in order to cope with the trend toward the decentralization of forensic applications.

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Revolutionary Instant Drug Test in 5 Seconds: T3N Unveils Life-Changer Report

The Swiss start-up Nirlab Narcotics has developed a device that can test drugs for substance, dosage and purity in five seconds. How does it work?

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The PA6 and PA66 challenge

While having different use cases, PA6 and PA66 have similar properties. It’s impossible for the naked eye to differentiate them.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The NIRLIGHT is a battery-powered handheld near-infrared analyzer that connects wirelessly to smartphones, tablets and PC. Its compact, ruggedized and ergonomic design makes it ideal for applications in the field, in laboratory and manufacturing sites. The point-and-click instrument with no moving parts and IP65/IP67 dust and water ingress rating is the perfect solution for a wide range of material characterization applications in pharma, agriculture, food and feed, and security markets.

The NIRLIGHT’s name hints at its core technology: Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. This method, a staple in laboratories for generations, has been ingeniously compacted into a portable device. By projecting light with slightly less energy than the visible spectrum onto a sample, the device stimulates molecular vibrations. The energy reflected from the material is then captured and analyzed, revealing insights into its structural composition.

NIRLAB’s handheld device uses NIR spectroscopy technology and advanced machine learning to analyze the chemical composition of a substance. By pointing the device at the sample and pressing a button, the device identifies and quantifies the substance within seconds, providing results directly on a connected mobile app.

Yes, our mobile NIR solution is specifically designed for simplicity and ease of use in field conditions. You do not need to be an NIR spectroscopy expert or chemist to analyze substances. No special training or expertise is required to operate our intuitive handheld analyzer.

Yes, the NIRLIGHT analyzer comes with a mobile application displaying scanning results in real-time. Our web application features user and device management, scanning history and data storage, statistics and reporting, and more.

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With the NIRLIGHT NIR spectrometer we do have the perfect device for various industries!

Florentin – Founder of NIRLAB AG

Our Apps

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NIRLAB mobile and handheld NIR Spectroscopy Solutions and Apps

NIRLAB detects and quantifies material and substance compositions non-destructively, instant and precise by using NIR spectroscopy and advanced machine learning algorithms.

The innovative digital ecosystem takes quality, transparency and security to a new level and generates real world data for automation and 3rd party AI applications.

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Project Digitalization in the field of corporate presentation, marketing and communication

Period 15.01.2022–31.12.2022

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