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Guide to selecting the appropriate type of light source model
Author(s): Mark Jongewaard
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Paper Abstract

Accurate optical modeling of illumination systems requires, among other things, an accurate characterization of the light sources used in the system. The problem is that there is no single acceptable definition of 'accurate' that applies to all circumstances. What is determined to be acceptably accurate must also be tempered with analytical efficiency, meaning that the ideal light source model must contain just enough accuracy to produce acceptable results in the quickest manner possible. Finally, the modeling technique must also be practical to implement given that the technique needs to be applied to the large number of light sources in use today. There are many light source modeling techniques already used in practice and it is worth considering the appropriateness of the various techniques for the applications to which they are being applied. This paper starts with a description of the different aspects of light source models and their modeling techniques. The importance of the different aspects is then summarized for a range of applications. The goal of the paper is to present a set of guidelines that can be referenced by designers interested in selecting the most appropriate type of light source model for their range of applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2002
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4775, Modeling and Characterization of Light Sources, (16 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.479656
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Mark Jongewaard, Lighting Technolgies, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4775:
Modeling and Characterization of Light Sources
C. Benjamin Wooley, Editor(s)

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