Design Guide for Color and Illumination

As the co-chair of the IES Color Committee I am delighted (pun intended) to announce the publication of the Design Guide for Color and Illumination.  The guide is the result of over five years of work by more than a dozen researchers, engineers, manufacturers, and designers from across the globe.  Here’s part of the description on the IES site.

Color can be described using concrete values such as chromaticity coordinates, spectral power distribution, or others discussed later in this guide. However, one’s response to color can be much more personal and emotional—and therefore more difficult to quantify. This guide takes the reader from basic vision and color vocabulary, through methods of measuring and quantifying color, and culminates in the practical use of commercially available white light and colored lights. The definitions, metrics, and references discussed will assist in building a critical understanding of the use and application of color in lighting.

It is probably the best, most thorough discussion of light and color available today.  Everyone interested in color, color perception, color rendering, and their relationship to light should read it.  It will be available at the IES booth at Lightfair.

DOE OLED Webinar Next Week

OLEDs are making inroads into the lighting marketplace but are not nearly as well understood as LEDs.  On July 28th the DOE will present a webinar on the current state and future of this lighting technology.  The DOE describes it as “This webinar will present highlights from a new DOE study that examines the state of available OLED products, and the technology and market hurdles that prevent wider use of OLEDs.”

OLEDs Are Ready For Their Closeup

Last week I attended a webinar on the history, future, and application of OLEDs presented by Dietmar Thomas of Philips.  It was an interesting and informative hour that has just been posted online.  Perhaps the most surprising thing is that Philips sees commercial lighting fixtures lamped almost exclusively with LEDs and OLEDs as soon as 2020!  The webinar is worth the time.  Take a look.