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Light Res Technol. 2013 Aug;45(4):421-434.

Comparisons of three practical field devices used to measure personal light exposures and activity levels.

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Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 21 Union Street, Troy, NY 12180.


This paper documents the spectral and spatial performance characteristics of two new versions of the Daysimeter, devices developed and calibrated by the Lighting Research Center to measure and record personal circadian light exposure and activity levels, and compares them to those of the Actiwatch Spectrum (Philips Healthcare). Photometric errors from the Daysimeters and the Actiwatch Spectrum were also determined for various types of light sources. The Daysimeters had better photometric performance than the Actiwatch Spectrum. To assess differences associated with measuring light and activity levels at different locations on the body, older adults wore four Daysimeters and an Actiwatch Spectrum for five consecutive days. Wearing the Daysimeter or Actiwatch Spectrum on the wrist compromises accurate light measurements relative to locating a calibrated photosensor at the plane of the cornea.


circadian system; light exposure; photometric devices; rest/activity patterns

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