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A two-metric proposal to specify the color-rendering properties of light sources for retail lighting
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Paper Abstract

Lighting plays an important role in supporting retail operations, from attracting customers, to enabling the evaluation of merchandise, to facilitating the completion of the sale. Lighting also contributes to the identity, comfort, and visual quality of a retail store. With the increasing availability and quality of white LEDs, retail lighting specifiers are now considering LED lighting in stores. The color rendering of light sources is a key factor in supporting retail lighting goals and thus influences a light source's acceptance by users and specifiers. However, there is limited information on what consumers' color preferences are, and metrics used to describe the color properties of light sources often are equivocal and fail to predict preference. The color rendering of light sources is described in the industry solely by the color rendering index (CRI), which is only indirectly related to human perception. CRI is intended to characterize the appearance of objects illuminated by the source and is increasingly being challenged because new sources are being developed with increasingly exotic spectral power distributions. This paper discusses how CRI might be augmented to better use it in support of the design objectives for retail merchandising. The proposed guidelines include the use of gamut area index as a complementary metric to CRI for assuring good color rendering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7784, Tenth International Conference on Solid State Lighting, 77840V (23 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.863063
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Jean Paul Freyssinier, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Mark Rea, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7784:
Tenth International Conference on Solid State Lighting
Ian Ferguson; Matthew H. Kane; Nadarajah Narendran; Tsunemasa Taguchi, Editor(s)

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