The Advantages of Spectral vs. Filter Color Measurement Systems
Although filter based instruments are desired for certain properties such as cost, speed and portability, they are not always the best choice for analytical measurements. Filter based instruments only acquire three data points across the entire spectrum of light to yield colorimetric values. This is accomplished by the use of filters corresponding to the normal human eye response. These filters can only be manufactured to a certain degree of accuracy. Due to these facts, filter based meters are susceptible to errors because of the deviation of the filter response from the ideal human eye response and the lack of resolution needed to accurately describe narrow bandwidth light sources.
Spectral Irradiance Meters avoid these problems at a comparable cost, higher speed and small footprint because it acquires hundreds of data points across the visible spectrum. In addition, the 2048 pixel linear CCD array provides the precision required to accurately measure narrow bandwidth light sources or LEDs. Having multiple sensors also enables the unit to report spectral data and display spectral graphs, making it the ideal instrument for evaluating LEDs, which are today’s dominant light source.