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Flowers Illuminated by Daylight (SoLux)
Flowers in daylight (SoLux) and incandescent

Seeing is Believing

What brings out the true colors in a flower, a piece of jewelry, clothing, painting? The answer lies with the same reason everything looks better on a clear sunny day. Daylight, with its full rainbow of colors is the best light source for viewing colors.

Mentally step into a darkened room. What is the color of the floor?.... Black. Ceiling?.... Black. Without light, there is no color and the type of light used to illuminate a room directly affects how we perceive color. Use a red flashlight and check out the colors in the darkened room. Obviously everything would look red. The same principle applies to other sources. Incandescent light makes a room appear warm, fluorescent light makes objects look pale and flat, and daylight makes everything look true and natural.

Since beginning of time daylight has only been available with the rising of the sun and disappears when the sun sets. In addition, daylight has been associated with ultraviolet (UV) and infrared radiation (IR). With the advent SoLux daylight is now available twenty-four hours a day, indoors where it is most needed, and without the UV and IR.

Daylight is defined as the combination of sunlight and skylight. The daylight condition most commonly associated with a clear blue cloudless day exists at about 6000K. Rarely, if ever, will you hear someone walk out into these conditions and say, "Today is too cool"or "too blue". However, if you take these same lighting conditions and view them in an indoor setting your perception will be that the same light you thought was "natural"outdoors now surprisingly appears bluish. The paper "Daylight is it in the eye of the Beholder?" explains the physiological and environmental reasons
for this phenomena and ways to overcome it.

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