Burlington, Mass.-based Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions was recently awarded a $250,000 contract by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency that develops and promotes measurement, standards, and technology. Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions will develop and create a new test system to improve methods for calculating and measuring the quality of a light source.

Under the contract, Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions is charged with developing light sources capable of producing a broad range of spectral power distributions within the visible spectrum for testing, evaluating, and/or establishing colorimetric and photometric metrics. This spectrally tunable light source will be capable of simulating various types of existing lamps and conceivable white LED light sources, allowing for an accurate measure of how a light source would render colors.