Methods for characterising tristimulus colorimeters for measuring the colour of light

CIE 179:2007
Division 2
978 3 901906 60 2

The purpose of this Technical Report is to provide an objective means for evaluating the properties of tristimulus colorimeter heads that are to be used to measure the colour of light sources. Several properties that determine the performance of tristimulus colorimeters can be quantified by numerical assessments. There are some properties, however, which have not been possible to quantify, where only a qualitative description is possible. Several sources of measurement error are also described.

The report is intended to serve as a guide for a potential user who wishes to make colour measurements of sources using a tristimulus colorimeter, and for manufacturers or users of instruments who need to specify or assess the quality of these instruments. The factors that make up the evaluation may also serve as a guide to manufacturers in the development of improved colorimetric instruments.

The report is written in English, with a short summary in French and German. It consists of 19 pages with 4 figures.

The following members of TC 2-16 "Characterization of the Performance of Tristimulus Colorimeters" took part in the preparation of this Technical Report:

  • T. Bittar, New Zealand
  • F. Denner, South Africa
  • T.M. Goodman, Great Britain
  • D. Gundlach, Germany (chair until 1992)
  • F. Hengstberger, South Africa
  • J.R. Moore, Great Britain
  • K. Muray, USA
  • Y. Ohno, USA
  • C. Oleari, Italy
  • M.R. Pointer, Great Britain
  • M.I. Rastello, Italy (chair from 1992 until 2004)
  • R. Rattunde, Germany
  • T. Sakai, Japan
  • G. Sauter, Germany
  • J.D. Schanda, Hungary (chair from 2004)
  • M. Sugiyama, Japan
  • H. Terstiege, Germany