White Light and Color Appearance

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About this Course

The IES provides insight and access to the work being done in some of the best lighting educational facilities, through the Lighting Education Facility Showcase (LEFS).  These videos feature students and faculty and capture a wide range of lighting topics and facility-specific features. White Lighting and Color Appearance is a LEFS video from New York School of Interior Design.  

Description: In this lecture-format video, enjoy a comprehensive look at various aspects of the color of light, and the impact on the objects that we see. Topics include the science and history behind CCT, CRI and TM-30 as well as their strengths and limitations. Learn how to identify the important color shifts and spectral variations of a light source, and see demonstrations of each. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course learners will be able to...

1. Describe basic principals of light and color.  
2. Identify important metrics for understanding color. 
3. Discover how to interpret a color space, focusing on CIE 1931, and CIE 1960 (u,v), 1976 (u,v) and TM-30. 
4. Explore the available interpretations (graphs) of TM-30 data, and why they're helpful in specification. 


Recorded 03/16/2020
Recorded 03/16/2020 This video is required for course completion.
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/10 points to pass This quiz is required for course completion.
3 Questions
3 Questions This survey is required for course completion.
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available

Jason Livingston

Design Principal

Jason Livingston is the principal of Studio T+L, a lighting design and theatre consulting studio in Brooklyn, NY, and is co-chair of the IES Color Committee. He has over 30 years of experience in entertainment lighting design and over 20 years in architectural lighting design. His award winning lighting designs have been profiled in Lighting & Sound AmericaLighting Design + ApplicationDesign Bureau, and Architectural SSL. Jason is also the author of Designing With Light: The Art, Science, and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design (Wiley, 2014), and is a coauthor of Design Guide 1 – Color and Illumination (IES, 2016).