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Practical Use and Calculation of CCT and Duv



Yoshihiro Ohno


The Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) is often used to represent chromaticity of white light sources, but chromaticity is two-dimensional, and another dimension, the distance from the Planckian locus, is often missing. Duv is defined in ANSI C78.377 for this purpose, but still not widely used. In this paper, the use of a combination of CCT and Duv is proposed as an intuitive expression of chromaticity of white light sources for general lighting. Also, this paper presents practical calculation methods to calculate CCT and Duv, having sufficient accuracy, within an error of 1 K, in a wide range of chromaticity, from 1000 K to 20000 K in CCT and -0.03 to 0.03 in Duv.


chromaticity, correlated color temperature, Duv, Planckian locus, calculation


Ohno, Y. (2013), Practical Use and Calculation of CCT and Duv, Leukos, [online], (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created October 18, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018