Browse Publications Technical Papers 2005-01-0866

Factors in the Perception of Brightness for LED and Incandescent Lamps 2005-01-0866

The study described below investigates several factors in the perception of brightness for LED and incandescent lamps. One of those factors is the difference in voltage drop due to the much lower currents needed to energize LED lamps. We found that these voltage drop differences could significantly affect the actual intensity emitted by the lamps. Another factor studied was the effect of the luminance distribution of the lens on the human perception of brightness. A study was done in which volunteers were asked to make a visual comparison of different lamps against a standard. We found that lamps with multiple bright and dark areas, such as LED lamps, were generally perceived to be brighter than a standard incandescent lamp with a more evenly illuminated lens. The effect of the color difference between LED lamps and incandescent lamps was also investigated. We found no statistically significant effect of color with our limited data, but further investigation is needed.


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