Presented are the experimental results of two light activated shape memory polymer (LASMP) formulations. The optical stimulus used to activate the materials is detailed including a mapping of the spatial optical intensity at the surface of the sample. From this, results of energy calculations are presented including the amount of energy available for transitioning from the glassy state to the rubbery state and from the rubbery state to the glassy state, highlighting one of the major advantages of LASMP as requiring less energy to transition than thermally activated shape memory polymers. The mechano-optical experimental setup and procedure is detailed and provides a consistent method for evaluating this relatively new class of shape memory polymer. A chemical kinetic model is used to predict both the theoretical glassy state modulus, as only the sample averaged modulus is experimentally attainable, as well as the through thickness distribution of Young’s modulus. The experimental and model results for these second generation LASMP formulations are then compared with earlier LASMP generations (detailed previously in Beblo and Mauck Weiland, 2009, “Light Activated Shape Memory Polymer Characterization,” ASME J. Appl. Mech., 76 , pp. 8) and typical thermally activated shape memory polymer.