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Title: Comparing Measures of Average Color Fidelity

Abstract

The introduction of new measures of color rendition, especially IES TM-30-15, has stirred debate within the lighting industry on the relative merits of the tools, as well as the amount of difference between the new tools and prior tools, such as CIE Ra. This article focuses on comparing three measures of average color fidelity: IES Rf, CIE Ra, and CIE Rf. Using a large set of commercially-available, experimental, and theoretical spectral power distributions (SPDs), the analysis contrasts past efforts to make similar comparisons using smaller or more focused datasets. It highlights the interactive effect of gamut shape and color space non-uniformity, which results in a range of IES Rf values of at least to 50 to 86 for SPDs having a CIE Ra value of 80. It also examines how these differences can be overlooked in psychophysical experiments relying on a small number of SPDs, which can present misleading findings on the value and meaning of the measures. When considering the results, it is important to remember that average color fidelity is only one aspect of color rendition.

Authors:
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  1. BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1570970
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-128752
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
LEUKOS - The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 14; Journal Issue: 2
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Royer, Michael P. Comparing Measures of Average Color Fidelity. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1080/15502724.2017.1389283.
Royer, Michael P. Comparing Measures of Average Color Fidelity. United States. doi:10.1080/15502724.2017.1389283.
Royer, Michael P. Mon . "Comparing Measures of Average Color Fidelity". United States. doi:10.1080/15502724.2017.1389283.
@article{osti_1570970,
title = {Comparing Measures of Average Color Fidelity},
author = {Royer, Michael P.},
abstractNote = {The introduction of new measures of color rendition, especially IES TM-30-15, has stirred debate within the lighting industry on the relative merits of the tools, as well as the amount of difference between the new tools and prior tools, such as CIE Ra. This article focuses on comparing three measures of average color fidelity: IES Rf, CIE Ra, and CIE Rf. Using a large set of commercially-available, experimental, and theoretical spectral power distributions (SPDs), the analysis contrasts past efforts to make similar comparisons using smaller or more focused datasets. It highlights the interactive effect of gamut shape and color space non-uniformity, which results in a range of IES Rf values of at least to 50 to 86 for SPDs having a CIE Ra value of 80. It also examines how these differences can be overlooked in psychophysical experiments relying on a small number of SPDs, which can present misleading findings on the value and meaning of the measures. When considering the results, it is important to remember that average color fidelity is only one aspect of color rendition.},
doi = {10.1080/15502724.2017.1389283},
journal = {LEUKOS - The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America},
number = 2,
volume = 14,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {2}
}