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Development of a circadian light source
Author(s): David B. Nicol; Ian T. Ferguson
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Paper Abstract

Solid state lighting presents a new paradigm for lighting - controllability. Certain characteristics of the lighting environment can be manipulated, because of the possibility of using multiple LEDs of different emission wavelengths as the illumination source. This will provide a new, versatile, general illumination source due to the ability to vary the spectral power distribution. New effects beyond the visual may be achieved that are not possible with conventional light sources. Illumination has long been the primary function of lighting but as the lighting industry has matured the psychological aspects of lighting have been considered by designers; for example, choosing a particular lighting distribution or color variation in retail applications. The next step in the evolution of light is to consider the physiological effects of lighting that cause biological changes in a person within the environment. This work presents the development of a source that may have important bearing on this area of lighting. A circadian light source has been developed to provide an illumination source that works by modulating its correlated color temperature to mimic the changes in natural daylight through the day. In addition, this source can cause or control physiological effects for a person illuminated by it. The importance of this is seen in the human circadian rhythm's peak response corresponding to blue light at ~460 nm which corresponds to the primary spectral difference in increasing color temperature. The device works by adding blue light to a broadband source or mixing polychromatic light to mimic the variation of color temperature observed for the Planckian Locus on the CIE diagram. This device can have several applications including: a tool for researchers in this area, a general illumination lighting technology, and a light therapy device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 November 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4776, Solid State Lighting II, (26 November 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469722
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David B. Nicol, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Ian T. Ferguson, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4776:
Solid State Lighting II
Ian T. Ferguson; Nadarajah Narendran; Steven P. DenBaars; Yoon-Soo Park, Editor(s)

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