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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2012
  • pp: A144–A151

Psychophysical optimization of lighting spectra for naturalness, preference, and chromatic diversity

Sérgio M. C. Nascimento and Osamu Masuda  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. A144-A151 (2012)

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The optimal spectral profiles of lighting for naturalness, individual preference, and chromatic diversity were estimated with psychophysical experiments in which observers selected illuminants from a set of metamers of D65 to render outdoor and indoor scenes. For naturalness, the illuminant selected was more spectrally structured than daylight and had a low color rendering index. For preference, the illuminant was similar but produced colors a little more saturated. For chromatic diversity, the spectrum was much more structured, with clearly defined peaks in the blue, green, and red spectral regions. These experiments show that light sources with specific structured spectra may have important visual applications in lighting.

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OCIS Codes
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.5510) Vision, color, and visual optics : Psychophysics
(330.1715) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color, rendering and metamerism

ToC Category:
Color in natural or complex scenes

Original Manuscript: September 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 28, 2011
Published: January 25, 2012

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Sérgio M. C. Nascimento and Osamu Masuda, "Psychophysical optimization of lighting spectra for naturalness, preference, and chromatic diversity," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, A144-A151 (2012)

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