Visual performance, visibility and apparent contrast

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Journal titleLighting design + application : LD + A.
Pages2326; # of pages: 4
SubjectLighting; visual perception; lighting technology; terminology; energy conservation; Lighting; Eclairage; perception visuelle; eclairagisme; terminologie; conservation de l'energie
AbstractThe applicability of visibility and visual performance studies to lighting design, lighting level recommendations and energy conservation is discussed. A particular distinction is made between the role of apparent or subjective contrast studies and performance studies which measure a score of speed and accuracy. Unambiguous use of the term, visibility, is proposed resulting in a new classification of three viewing regimes: subthreshold, suprathreshold and saturation. Visibility and visual performance terminology is explained in detail to prevent a continuation of the confusion that has hitherto surrounded this subject.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number16506
NPARC number20358676
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