EFFECTS OF THE SPECTRA OF INNOVATIVE SOURCES IN SIGNAL LAMPS
Various new light sources, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) and neon, have recently been adopted for signal lamps, or are being considered for such use. These sources expand the range of spectral power distributions (SPDs) that are of concern for automotive applications. This report reviews the interactions of such SPDs with visual conditions that are of special importance in driving and that might have spectrally selective effects. Such conditions include spectrally selective windshields, weather conditions (fog and rain), and certain visual conditions of drivers (color blindness, yellowing of the lens of the eye with aging, and wearing of sunglasses). Most of the effects of SPD can be expected to be minor. Generally speaking, even though the chromaticity constraints that are applied to signal lamps allow a range of SPDs, the chromaticity constraints are sufficient to ensure that visual performance will be predictable. A few exceptions are noted.
- This research was sponsored by the University of Michigan Industry Affiliation Program for Human Factors in Transportation Safety.
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, MI United States 48109-2150
- Sullivan, J M
- Flannagan, M J
- Publication Date: 2000-3
- Features: Figures; References;
- Pagination: 45 p.
- TRT Terms: Aged; Color blindness; Color vision; Drivers; Light emitting diodes; Signal lights; Sunglasses; Visual perception; Weather conditions; Windshields
- Uncontrolled Terms: Neon; Spectral power distribution
- Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Safety and Human Factors; I73: Traffic Control;
- Accession Number: 00797023
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Report/Paper Numbers: UMTRI-2000-7,, HS-043 040
- Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Aug 25 2000 12:00AM