Candela Plots – changes to reported values – Min, Max, Collected Flux, Total Flux, Total Rays, Efficiency

Question

Candela Plots – changes to reported values – Min, Max, Collected Flux, Total Flux, Total Rays, Efficiency

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Candela Plots – changes to reported values – Min, Max, Collected Flux, Total Flux, Total Rays, Efficiency

Solution

Some of the information displayed in the footer of the TracePro Candela Plots
was removed intentionally in TracePro 7.0.0 because we believed it to be
misleading.  The philosophy that we are following is to have the data in the
footer of any TracePro plot be data from that plot itself.

In the case of the Candela Distribution plots, a Max, Min, Total Rays, Total
Flux and Efficiency value were reported.  But the Candela Distribution plots
are essentially a profile plot, one slice out of a hemisphere of data.  There
really are no rays or flux applicable to this slice.  For the Max and Min,
TracePro was plotting the Max and Min candela values for the entire hemsiphere
(or it might have been the entire sphere).  If that max value did bot happen
to coincide with the slice of data being plotted, we felt it was a confusing
item of data, as the plot itself might show a peak value of X, which the Max
value reported at the bottom of the plot could be X+Y.

Our recommendation is to get the Max, Min, rays, and flux values from the
Polar or Rectangular Iso-Candela Plots, with the understanding that
the values correspond to the angular range selected, and then think of the
Candela Distribution plots as a cross sectional slice of the iso plots that
can be used as a visual aid.

The Efficiency value is no longer displaying on any TracePro Candela Plot
because we found that there are many different expectations for the values in
both the numerator and denominator of this ratio:

Numerator of efficiency ratio:
–  Total Plotted Flux over the angular range of the Iso Candela plot
–  Total Flux over the entire hemisphere based on the Normal Vector set for
the Iso Candela plot
–  Total Flux escaping into entire sphere

Denominator of efficiency ratio:
– total emitted luminous flux (visible light only)
– total emitted radiant flux (UV, visible, and IR)
– total input power (so the efficiency includes electrical losses)

All of this data (with the exception of the electrical input power) is
available, and we recommend that each TracePro user calculate Efficiency to
their own expectation.

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