Data files

Getting data from the LI-600N onto your computer for use in a spreadsheet application is done in two steps: download the data from the instrument to the software, then export it from the software to your computer.

Downloading data from the LI-600N

To download data from the LI-600N to the computer software, launch the LI-600N software and connect the instrument. Select Data Management.

Under Data on LI-600N, select Download Instrument Data then Download on the prompt.

All data on the LI-600N will be downloaded to the computer software.

Clear on the confirmation prompt to clear all data from the instrument or Cancel. Clearing removes all data from the LI-600N, not from the computer software.

It is a good practice to clear the data from the instrument after it is downloaded to the software. Otherwise, new measurement data are appended to existing data, which are downloaded again.

Exporting data files from the computer software

To export data files from the computer software to your computer file system, select files to download under Local Files. Check the box next to Flash Files to save the fluorometer files with the data file.1 To export Excel files with embedded equations, check the box next to Excel Files.

The Excel files are useful in instances where a user needs to adjust parameters, such as leaf width, and have the spreadsheet recalculate values.

The delimiter for data files is set in the software preferences from the dropdown menu, and is comma-delimited by default. Tab-delimited files are for users in locations where the comma is used as a decimal separator.

Select Toggle Selected Metadata to view a data file’s metadata. Metadata is also recorded in the exported data file for each measurement.
Select Export Selected Files to save the selected data files to the computer’s local file system.
Select Delete to delete the data from the software after exporting it. This will not delete the exported files.

All data files are saved as .zip files that contain text files in .csv or .txt format, as well as optional Excel files with embedded equations and flash files. When unzipped, the files are in directories organized by configuration and date.

Data dumps

Data dump files are data that have been unsuccessfully imported to the software. These are useful in the event of download errors. They are stored in the following locations:

Windows OS

Macintosh HD/Users/Username/Library/Application Support/licor-li600/data_dump

You can access and import data dump files from Data Management in the LI-600N Software (see Data Management).