We describe in this paper a pilot experiment of optimization of a white-light source for a low-coherence interferometry. The white-light source combines the light beams generated with colour LEDs. By modelling of the white light spectra, a contrast of a white light interference fringe could be changed and set to the maximal value. The second part of this paper is a description of a white-light fringe analysis ensured with a low-cost colour CCD camera. The used detection technique employs a phase-crossing algorithm which identifies a zero optical path difference as the point where the phase difference between the red, green and blue part of the white-light interference fringe becomes equal to zero. The optimized white light source is designed to be a crucial part of an experimental setup for the surface diagnostics and automatic calibration of gauge blocks.© (2011) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.