This is one the most frequently asked questions from BMG LABTECH users. Since most BMG LABTECH microplate readers are multimode readers, the microplate type needs to be considered. As a general rule of thumb:
For fluorescence measurements, black microplates are used.
For luminescence measurements, white microplates are used.
For absorbance measurements, transparent microplates are used.
Depending on the microplate reader, all microplate formats from 6 to 384-, 1536- or 3456-wells from all leading microplate manufacturers are compatible.
Certain assays require special low-volume microplates, such as the LVis plate [http://www.bmglabtech.com/products/microplate-reader/lvis-plate.cfm] The LVis plate allows you to measure a full UV/Vis spectrum in up to sixteen 2µL samples.