The acceptance and commercial utilization of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and, more recently, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have grown significantly in the past five years. This change was fueled in part by the United States Congress 2007 legislative mandate to eliminate sales, and phase out the use, of conventional incandescent lighting beginning in 2012. This mandate has ultimately increased research into CFL and LED technologies. This poster demonstrates the use of a typical laboratory UV-Vis spectrophotometer, with no modification to the bench or software, to measure and characterize CFL and LED lamps. Using a customized accessory, spectral characteristics such as peak wavelength (λp), Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM), centroid wavelength (λc), dominant wavelength, color, and color purity were readily determined for a variety of commercial CFLs and LEDs.
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