The next generation of space missions targeting far-infrared bands will require large-format arrays of extremely lownoise detectors. The development of Transition Edge Sensors (TES) array technology seems to be a viable solution for future mm-wave to Far-Infrared (FIR) space applications where low noise and high sensitivity is required. In this paper we concentrate on a key element for a high sensitivity TES detector array, that of the optical coupling between the incoming electromagnetic field and the phonon system of the suspended membrane. An intermediate solution between free space coupling and a single moded horn is where over-moded light pipes are used to concentrate energy onto multimoded absorbers. We present a comparison of modeling techniques to analyze the optical efficiency of such light pipes and their interaction with the front end optics and detector cavity. Â© 2010 Copyright SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.