Article Explores Link Between Color Quality and Energy Efficiency

Siminovitch Color Booth Hand Comparison
Published: Mon, 08/07/2017

CLTC's Professor Siminovitch shares his experiences that affirmed the need for high-color quality in today's energy efficient light sources. Read an excerpt of the article by UC Davis' science writer Kat Kerlin:

Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis, wasn’t looking for enlightenment when he wandered into a Buddhist temple in Thailand a few years ago. He was touring Thailand as a distinguished visiting professor at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi’s school of architecture. He’d never been to a temple in his life.

The temple was a highly crafted, architectural marvel, Siminovitch said. He was especially enthralled by its interior spaces: Reds, golds and earth-tones were illuminated by candle flame and warm incandescent lights, saturating colors to perfection. Siminovitch said it was the most color-intense indoor space he’s ever seen.

It was his “aha” moment, leading his research firmly in the direction of restoring high color quality to energy-efficient lighting.

Enjoy the full article here!

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