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Optical Engineering

Color quality scale
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Paper Abstract

The color rendering index (CRI) has been shown to have deficiencies when applied to white light-emitting-diode-based sources. Furthermore, evidence suggests that the restricted scope of the CRI unnecessarily penalizes some light sources with desirable color qualities. To solve the problems of the CRI and include other dimensions of color quality, the color quality scale (CQS) has been developed. Although the CQS uses many of elements of the CRI, there are a number of fundamental differences. Like the CRI, the CQS is a test-samples method that compares the appearance of a set of reflective samples when illuminated by the test lamp to their appearance under a reference illuminant. The CQS uses a larger set of reflective samples, all of high chroma, and combines the color differences of the samples with a root mean square. Additionally, the CQS does not penalize light sources for causing increases in the chroma of object colors but does penalize sources with smaller rendered color gamut areas. The scale of the CQS is converted to span 0-100, and the uniform object color space and chromatic adaptation transform used in the calculations are updated. Supplementary scales have also been developed for expert users.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2010
PDF: 16 pages
Opt. Eng. 49(3) 033602 doi: 10.1117/1.3360335
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 49, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Wendy Davis, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Yoshihiro Ohno, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


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