Colour preference varies with lighting application

Y. Lin, Minchen Wei, K. A.G. Smet, A. Tsukitani, P. Bodrogi, T. Q. Khanh

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Numerous efforts have been made to investigate how to characterize the effect of light sources on colour preference. This paper describes a psychophysical experiment to compare the colour preference evaluation among three sources for different lighting applications. Three lighting applications - restaurant, retail display, and supermarket - were created in two side-by-side full-scaled rooms. It was found that the colour preference varied with the lighting applications. Although none of the existing single-value measures can predict the preference for all three applications, a single measure is necessary for general consumer use given a careful definition of general lighting. In addition, lighting application specific measures could be useful for lighting professionals and experts. To provide detailed information, a colour distortion icon, with improved test colour samples will be useful.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-328
Number of pages13
JournalLighting Research and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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