Recently, the CIE published a new standard in which the so called 'melanopic daylight efficacy ratio' (abbreviated to melanopic DER) is introduced. This number is helpful in estimating the impact that a light source may have on our circadian rhythm. Although the melanopic DER can be directly calculated from the spectral power distribution, in case the latter is unknown a spectrophotometer or similar instrument is required, which is usually unavailable to the general public. Here we demonstrate how the melanopic DER can be accurately estimated from a smartphone image of two selected color samples. In addition, using the smartphone's camera parameters we provide a method to estimate the illuminance. Combined these measurements allow an evaluation of the absolute melanopic stimulation.
Marcel Lucassen, Dragan Sekulovski, Tobias Borra, "Smartphone-based measurement of the melanopic daylight efficacy ratio" in Proc. IS&T 27th Color and Imaging Conf., 2019, pp 344 - 348, https://doi.org/10.2352/issn.2169-2629.2019.27.62