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Novel sensor for color control in solid state lighting applications
Author(s): Alex Gourevitch; Thomas Thurston; Rajiv Singh; Bartosz Banachowicz; Vladimir Korobov; Cliff Drowley
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Paper Abstract

LED wavelength and luminosity shifts due to temperature, dimming, aging, and binning uncertainty can cause large color errors in open-loop light-mixing illuminators. Multispectral color light sensors combined with feedback circuits can compensate for these LED shifts. Typical color light sensor design variables include the choice of light-sensing material, filter configuration, and read-out circuitry. Cypress Semiconductor has designed and prototyped a color sensor chip that consists of photodiode arrays connected to a I/F (Current to Frequency) converter. This architecture has been chosen to achieve high dynamic range (~100dB) and provide flexibility for tailoring sensor response. Several different optical filter configurations were evaluated in this prototype. The color-sensor chip was incorporated into an RGB light color mixing system with closed-loop optical feedback. Color mixing accuracy was determined by calculating the difference between (u',v') set point values and CIE coordinates measured with a reference colorimeter. A typical color precision ▵u'v' less than 0.0055 has been demonstrated over a wide range of colors, a temperature range of 50C, and light dimming up to 80%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7617, Light-Emitting Diodes: Materials, Devices, and Applications for Solid State Lighting XIV, 761711 (11 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.842694
Show Author Affiliations
Alex Gourevitch, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (United States)
Thomas Thurston, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (United States)
Rajiv Singh, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (United States)
Bartosz Banachowicz, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (United States)
Vladimir Korobov, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (United States)
Cliff Drowley, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7617:
Light-Emitting Diodes: Materials, Devices, and Applications for Solid State Lighting XIV
Klaus P. Streubel; Heonsu Jeon; Li-Wei Tu; Norbert Linder, Editor(s)

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