Technology offers a new perspective on seeing. By seeing into the molecular, another universe emerges. Light travels…well, at the speed of light, and our brains process that information at like speeds. So, it's easy to miss what happens to light at the reflection point on its journey to our eyes? Whether it's an applied finish or an organic, natural protective coating, outer shell or skin. Or in the case of a tooth, the dentin layer. Questions arise about its translucency, opacity, reflective qualities, color and even molecular density.
The same questions can be asked of the surface underneath. This is where good light makes its debut. Therefore, another question arises, what happens to the light returning to our eyes if the light source is too dim or too bright or has an unbalanced light spectrum? Does it distort our perception of what we are seeing? Is this distortion acceptable or not? Will it enhance or limit work performance? What are the costs and time associated with a misread(s)?
When it comes to task lighting, starting with a light that is closer to a natural spectrum seems to make some good sense. When we did our light performance tests, the accurate spectrum light was surprisingly helpful in seeing through a complex layer more accurately.