Luminance, Illuminance, Luminous Intensity
The third covered unit which can be measured is luminous intensity [candela]. To measure luminance, illuminance or luminous intensity a different measurement setup is needed:
When analysing light sources one often wants to measure the luminance or illuminance of the source. Luminance is often referred to as brightness and expressed in candela per square meter whereas illuminance is the amount of light from a surface expressed in lux or lumen per square meter. The third covered unit which can be measured is luminous intensity [candela]. To measure luminance, illuminance or luminous intensity a different measurement setup is needed:
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How are you measuring?
With fibers and other accessories even more type of measurements are possible. Often used accessories are integrating spheres, cuvettes for fluids, light sources or filter holders.
A cosine corrector collects the light from the half space under 180 degrees. A typical application is the illuminance measurement of a lighting situation.
Consumers are used to enjoy top-quality displays in their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and even cars. Emerging technologies such as lighting surfaces for office and home illumination are expected to look equally perfect. Both displays and luminous surfaces are the main application areas for imaging colorimeters.
Measuring the luminance or color values at a specific location of the device under test is a typical use case when measuring displays. It can, however, also be meaningful to assess reflected light.