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Significance and Use
5.1 This practice describes procedures used to measure photometric quantities that relate to the visual perception of retroreflected light. The most significant usage is in the relation to the nighttime vehicle headlamp, retroreflector, and driver's eye geometry. For this reason the CIE Standard Source A is used to represent a tungsten vehicle headlamp and the receptor has the photopic, V (λ), spectral responsivity corresponding to the light adapted human eye. Although the geometry must be specified by the user, it will, in general, correspond to the relation between the vehicle headlamp, the retroreflector, and the vehicle driver's eye position.
1.2 This practice is a comprehensive guide to the photometry of retroreflectors but does not include geometric terms that are described in Practice E808.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E284 Terminology of Appearance
E308 Practice for Computing the Colors of Objects by Using the CIE System
E808 Practice for Describing Retroreflection
CIE DocumentsCIE Publication No. 69-1987 Methods of Characterizing Illuminance Meters and Luminance Meters
ICS Number Code 17.180.20 (Colours and measurement of light)
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ASTM E809-08(2013), Standard Practice for Measuring Photometric Characteristics of Retroreflectors, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top