The lighting systems that is used in our daily tasks are an important factor in our vision quality. These systems must be suitable to the visual needs required by these type of tasks. The aim of this work is to evaluate the influence of coloured lighting on ocular accommodation and quantify its response with the lighting used. Twenty subjects, with ages ranged from 18 to 26 years old, participated in the study. All subjects had 20/20 corrected visual acuity or better, normal colour vision and no history of ocular disease or surgery. The amplitude of accommodation was measured and compared under normal lighting conditions (assuming white LED light) and under coloured LED lighting tuned at peak wavelengths of 515 nm and 635 nm. Improvements over the reference light source on the parameters that were analysed will be identified and assumed as better lighting conditions (>0.05). It was found a general decrease on the amplitude of accommodation when measured under coloured lighting and compared against the normal lighting. The most statistically significant decrease was found for the red light with a difference of 1.45D (p=0,05). Special care was taken to ensure same viewing and illuminance on all test conditions. These results seem to suggest that there is an impact of the colour of the lighting in use in the availability of the amplitude of accommodation.
The advent of modern solid-state sources enabled almost any spectrum for lighting and a wide range of possibilities in
color rendering. The quality of the lighting has been typically evaluated by the color rendering index which measures
how much the colors of objects illuminated by the light under test look similar to those produced when the objects are
illuminated by the daylight or a conventional incandescent light. On the other hand, how colorful or vivid the colors
under the illumination are perceived is also an important quality to evaluate lighting. We investigated, computationally,
the spectral profiles of the illumination that maximizes the theoretical limit of the perceivable object colors. A large
number of metamers with various degree of smoothness were generated using the Schmitt's elements method at
chromaticity points on and around the Planckian locus ranging from 2,222 K to 20,000 K. The general color rendering
index (CRI) and MacAdam volumes in CIELAB color space were calculated for each metamer. The metamers
maximizing the CRI had smoother spectra than the metamers maximizing the MacAdam volume. These results show that
maximum colorfulness in nature can only be obtained with spectrally non-smooth illumination.
Common descriptors of light quality fail to predict the chromatic diversity produced by the same illuminant in different
contexts. The aim of this paper was to study the influence of the chromatic adaptation in the context of the development
of the color diversity index, a new index capable of predicting illuminant-induced variations in several types of images.
The spectral reflectance obtained from hyperspectral images of natural, indoor and artistic paintings, and the spectral
reflectance of 1264 Munsell surfaces were converted into the CIELAB color space for each of the 55 CIE illuminants
and 5 light sources tested. The influence of the CAT02 chromatic adaptation was estimated for each illuminant and for
each scene. The CIELAB volume was estimated by the convex hull method and the number of discernible colors was
estimated by segmenting the CIELAB color volume into unitary cubes and by counting the number of non-empty cubes.
High correlation was found between the CIELAB volume occupied by the Munsell surfaces and the number of
discernible colors and the CILEAB color volume of the colors in all images analyzed. The effects of the chromatic
adaptation were marginal and did not change the overall result. These results indicate that the efficiency of the new
illuminant chromatic diversity index is not influenced by chromatic adaptation.