lightSpectra: compute standard light spectra

Description Usage Arguments Details Value References See Also


Two families of standard illuminants that are parameterized by temperature are the Planckian spectra (black-body spectra), and daylight spectra. For the daylight spectra, a smoothed version is available. Illuminant E, a third and trivial spectrum, is also available.


planckSpectra( temperature, wavelength=300:830, normalize=TRUE, c2=1.4388e7 )

daylightSpectra( temperature, wavelength=NULL, 
                    components=colorSpec::daylight1964, roundMs=FALSE )

illuminantE( energy=1, wavelength=380:780 )



a vector of temperatures, in Kelvin


a vector of wavelengths. For planckSpectra() and illuminantE() this is required. For daylightSpectra() this is optional. The default wavelength=NULL means to use the wavelengths in components, and otherwise components is resampled at the given wavelength vector.


a logical value. If TRUE the Planck spectra are normalized to have value 1 at 560nm. If FALSE then the quantity returned is radiant exitance with unit W * m^{-2} * nm^{-1}.


the value of hc/k in Planck's law. h is the Planck constant; c is the speed of light; and k is the Boltzmann constant. The default value of 1.4388e7 nm*K was recommended by the CIE in 2005; in 1986 the CIE recommended c2=1.438e7. If c2='calc' then c2 is calculated directly from the 3 physical constants, as recommended by CODATA 2014.


a colorSpec object with the daylight components S_0, S_1, and S_2. The default is daylight1964 and a smoothed version daylight2013 is also available.


a logical value. The original CIE method for the daylight spectra requires rounding intermediate coefficients M1 and M2 to 3 decimal places. This rounding is necessary to reproduce the tabulated values in Table T.1 of the CIE publication in References.


a vector of energy levels


For daylightSpectra() the valid range of temperatures is 4000 to 25000 K. For a temperature outside this range the spectrum is set to all NAs.

The equations for daylightSpectra() and planckSpectra() are complex and can be found in the References.

IlluminantE() is trivial - all constant energy.


For planckSpectra() and daylightSpectra() :
A colorSpec object with quantity equal to 'energy', and organization equal to 'matrix' or 'vector'. The specnames are PNNNN or DNNNN for planckSpectra() and daylightSpectra() respectively.
The number of spectra in the object is the number of temperatures = length(temperature).

For illuminantE() :
A colorSpec object with quantity equal to 'energy'.
The number of spectra in the object is the number of energy levels = length(energy).


Günther Wyszecki and W.S. Stiles. Color Science : Concepts and Methods, Quantitative Data and Formulae. Second Edition. Wiley-Interscience. 1982. page 146.

CIE 15: Technical Report: Colorimetry, 3rd edition. CIE 15:2004. Table T.1, pp 30-32, and Note 5 on page 69.

Schanda, Janos. CIE Colorimetry, in Colorimetry: Understanding the CIE System. Wiley Interscience. 2007. p. 42.

See Also

daylight, resample, organization, quantity, materialSpectra

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