Abstract

In this research, three illuminants that improve color discrimination ability of people with red-green color vision deficiency were developed. The illuminants are close to daylight-colored and were produced by using spectral optimization. Deutans were the focus of this research, but a few protans were also tested for reference. The illuminants were produced by combining different types of LEDs, and their effects were tested with several test subjects with and without color vision deficiency using the Ishihara color vision test and the Farnsworth Panel D-15 test. The illuminant with the most powerful effect provided near perfect results with the Ishihara test for deutans, while the other two illuminants produced smaller improvements. The Farnsworth Panel D-15 test produced results that were similar to the Ishihara test though generally the color discrimination of blue hues was weaker under the most powerful illuminant.

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