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Optical Engineering

Investigation of the spectral properties of LED-based MR16 bulbs for general illumination
Author(s): David Fitzhugh Brown; David B. Nicol; Ian T. Ferguson
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Paper Abstract

The spectral properties of commercially available halogen and LED-based MR16s were investigated. The metrics used to characterize the MR16s include the total luminous flux (TLF), correlated color temperature (CCT), color-rendering index (CRI), angular variation of CCT, and luminous efficacy. The halogen MR16s were included as a baseline for comparison with LED-based MR16s. Seven LED-based MR16s were investigated, including three constructed from 5-mm LEDs, and four constructed from high-power devices based on a larger die. It is shown that MR16s constructed from white LEDs are not suitable as a direct replacement for existing alternatives at this time, due to their low power efficiency and poor TLF. MR16s constructed with a single phosphor also have poor CRIs and undesirable CCTs. An MR16 with an extra phosphor in the red region of the spectrum shows improvement in CRI and a lower CCT than the other LED-based MR16s. All of the LED-based MR16s had a variation of CCT that was larger than those of the halogen devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2005
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 44(11) 111310 doi: 10.1117/1.2130314
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 44, Issue 11
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David Fitzhugh Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
David B. Nicol, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Ian T. Ferguson, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


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