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An experiment on the color rendering of different light sources
Author(s): Simonetta Fumagalli; Cristian Bonanomi; Alessandro Rizzi
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Paper Abstract

The color rendering index (CRI) of a light source attempts to measure how much the color appearance of objects is preserved when they are illuminated by the given light source. This problem is of great importance for various industrial and scientific fields, such as lighting architecture, design, ergonomics, etc. Usually a light source is specified through the Correlated Color Temperature or CCT. However two (or more) light sources with the same CCT but different spectral power distribution can exist. Therefore color samples viewed under two light sources with equal CCTs can appear different. Hence, the need for a method to assess the quality of a given illuminant in relation to color. Recently CRI has had a renewed interest because of the new LED-based lighting systems. They usually have a color rendering index rather low, but good preservation of color appearance and a pleasant visual appearance (visual appeal). Various attempts to develop a new color rendering index have been done so far, but still research is working for a better one. This article describes an experiment performed by human observers concerning the appearance preservation of color under some light sources, comparing it with a range of available color rendering indices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8652, Color Imaging XVIII: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications, 86520F (4 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2001548
Show Author Affiliations
Simonetta Fumagalli, ENEA (Italy)
Cristian Bonanomi, Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Alessandro Rizzi, Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8652:
Color Imaging XVIII: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications
Reiner Eschbach; Gabriel G. Marcu; Alessandro Rizzi, Editor(s)

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