LEDs enable much greater control of the lighting quality than the technologies they are rapidly replacing. Many international standards now specify requirements for internal and external lighting systems in terms of both ‘quality’ and ‘quantity’ of light as well as in terms of efficiency and life time. Photometry in the lighting industry generally focuses on the intensity (i.e. illuminance) and color (i.e. correlated color temperature CCT and color rendering index CRI) of light falling on a surface. LED lamps are extremely versatile in terms of emission spectra, which is why spectral measurement of the illuminance and color has now become essential for any high-end light meters.
The MSC15 – compact, handheld, and low cost
The MSC15 from Gigahertz-Optik GmbH is a modern light meter whose technical concept allows for precise measurement of the illuminance spectrum, color, and color rendering. Its cutting-edge design concentrates on measurement accuracy rather than unnecessary esoteric electronic features which results in a high quality meter for an attractive price. The light sensor consists of a fast spectroradiometer that covers a spectral range between 360 nm and 830 nm (V-lambda range according to CIE S023) with a spectral bandwidth of 10 nm. The device also integrates an optical bandwidth correction feature (CIE 214) in order to further improve the quality of the values calculated based on the spectral measurement data. Another key feature that ensures accurate illuminance measurements of extended lighting conditions is its carefully designed field of view.