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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 8 — Apr. 22, 2013
  • pp: 10393–10411

Review of measures for light-source color rendition and considerations for a two-measure system for characterizing color rendition

Kevin W. Houser, Minchen Wei, Aurélien David, Michael R. Krames, and Xiangyou Sharon Shen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 10393-10411 (2013)

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Twenty-two measures of color rendition have been reviewed and summarized. Each measure was computed for 401 illuminants comprising incandescent, light-emitting diode (LED) -phosphor, LED-mixed, fluorescent, high-intensity discharge (HID), and theoretical illuminants. A multidimensional scaling analysis (Matrix Stress = 0.0731, R2 = 0.976) illustrates that the 22 measures cluster into three neighborhoods in a two-dimensional space, where the dimensions relate to color discrimination and color preference. When just two measures are used to characterize overall color rendition, the most information can be conveyed if one is a reference-based measure that is consistent with the concept of color fidelity or quality (e.g., Qa) and the other is a measure of relative gamut (e.g., Qg).

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OCIS Codes
(230.3670) Optical devices : Light-emitting diodes
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(330.1715) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color, rendering and metamerism

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: January 25, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 13, 2013
Published: April 19, 2013

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Kevin W. Houser, Minchen Wei, Aurélien David, Michael R. Krames, and Xiangyou Sharon Shen, "Review of measures for light-source color rendition and considerations for a two-measure system for characterizing color rendition," Opt. Express 21, 10393-10411 (2013)

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