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The Journal of Adhesive Dentistry

Edited by Prof. Dr. Roland Frankenberger, Prof. Bart Van Meerbeek

ISSN (print) 1461-5185 • ISSN (online) 1757-9988


Winter 2003
Volume 5 , Issue 4

Pages: 283-291
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The Effect of Distance from Light Source on Light Intensity from Curing Lights

Felix, C. A./Price, R. B. T.

To investigate how light intensity changes as the distance increases from the tip of the light guide. Ten different curing light/light guide combinations were used. Light intensity was measured at 0, 3, 6, and 10 mm from the tip of the light guide with a radiometer. Measurements were repeated in five separate trials and the mean light intensity standard deviation was calculated. The fiber density was measured at the entrance and exit of all ten light guides and the light dispersion patterns were recorded. Light intensity decreased as distance increased for all lights tested; however, the rate and extent of this decrease was not similar for all lights (p < 0.0001). Turbo light guides exhibited a more rapid decrease in intensity as the distance increased than standard light guides. At 10 mm, all the turbo light guides had lost over 80% of their intensity recorded at 0 mm. 1. The rate and extent of the decrease in intensity is not similar among curing lights (p < 0.0001). 2. It is not possible to predict light intensity at 10 mm from measurements made at 0 mm. 3. Curing light manufacturers should state intensity over clinically relevant distances (0 to 10 mm).

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