Optimizing Color Matching in a Lighting Reproduction System for Complex Subject and Illuminant Spectra
Eurographics Symposium on Rendering 2003 Conference Proceedings
Andreas Wenger    Tim Hawkins    Paul Debevec   
USC Institute for Creative Technologies


This paper presents a technique for improving color matching results in an LED-based lighting reproduction system for complex light source spectra. In our technique, we use measurements of the spectral response curve of the camera system as well as one or more spectral reflectance measurements of the illuminated object to optimize the color matching. We demonstrate our technique using two LED-based light sources: an off-the-shelf 3-channel RGB LED light source and a custom-built 9-channel multi-spectral LED light source. We use our technique to reproduce complex lighting spectra including both fluorescent and tungsten illumination using a Macbeth color checker chart and a human face as test subjects. We show that by using knowledge of the camera spectral response and/or the spectral reflectance of the subjects that we can significantly improve the accuracy of the color matching using either the 3-channel or the 9-channel light, achieving acceptable matches for the 3-channel source and very close matches for the multi-spectral 9-channel source.


EGSR 2003 Paper
wenger-cmlr-egsr2003-print.pdf (1.6MB)

Additional Resources

The light sources we used in the project are ColorBlast 6 available from Color Kinetics.
The individual LEDs we used for the custom-built 9-channel light are Luxeon emitters from Lumileds.

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