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  • Vol. 33, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1943
  • pp: 627–629

Color Designations for Lights

KENNETH L. KELLY  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 33, Issue 11, pp. 627-629 (1943)

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An extension of the ISCC-NBS (Inter-Society Color Council—National Bureau of Standards) system of color names for the description of the colors of drugs and medicines, has been made for describing the colors of lights. The color names consist of hue names such as red, pink, yellowish green, or purple without further modifiers since they are intended to differentiate lights chiefly according to hue. The hue names are among those used in the ISCC-NBS system and carry the same meaning. The chromaticity ranges identified by each of these hue names are defined by areas on the ICI chromaticity diagram. Comparisons are made between the centers of the proposed hue-name ranges and similar values by other authorities, and with the standard colors recognized in various specifications for marine, railway, aviation, and traffic signal colors.

KENNETH L. KELLY, "Color Designations for Lights," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 33, 627-629 (1943)

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  1. Research Associate at the National Bureau of Standards representing the American Pharmaceutical Association.
  2. Figures in parentheses indicate the literature references at the end of this paper.
  3. Deane B. Judd, National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D. C.
  4. The points so determined and the lines connecting them have been accepted by the O.S.A. subcommittee and are included in their final report (4).

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