The CD 162.1 & natural light source problems

By Lee Brewer; posted December 13, 2002

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UPDATE 5/30/2007: This picture is too amber on my present system. It was taken a few years ago and I can see a BIG difference on my LCD screen nowadays! I WISH it were this straight of an amber color - but I have yet to see one in this shade.

This rare beastie is a Brookfield CD 162.1 in olive amber .... IF it is sitting in sunlight this picture is pretty true to color on my IBM monitor (however, it is way too orange on my iMac). However, when this piece is put on display with a "full spectrum" light source (see, it definitely has a more green color and the amber just about disappears. Interestingly enough I had to alter this picture to make the color be what the insulator looks like as it sits all day long in my window. My camera has trouble catching any olive amber or peacock blue colors.

My question is this - if I cannot depend upon "natural" sunlight to tell me if a piece is olive amber or olive green, then do I need to carry around a 'full spectrum' light source with me to shows so I know what color insulators I "really" am looking at?! Is there something I am missing about the "full spectrum" lights when I hear people call them "natural lighting" and "true to sunlight?"

As far as I am concerned, if the sun tells me it is olive amber - this is what i will choose to call it. A manmade device is not as "natural" as nature. Of course, this also goes to show that some glass will refuse to be classified no matter system we come up with!

Another interesting note is that the SPEC TRU slide combination for this piece (513+514+515+705+1015) which includes a highly amber colored slide. This amber slide ALSO Is robbed of its amber hues when I put this combination onto the full spectrum light table! Being the SPEC TRU slides are accurate according to the spectrum and color wavelengths, this indicates these man-made "natural light sources" are not accurate across the entire realm of the spectrum.

SUMMARY: This can be seen from one other viewpoint:

When I put this piece on the light table it turns olive green (as stated). When I put my olive green pieces on the light table, they remain olive green. When sitting in the window, these pieces are two different shades , so ... will the real olive green please stand up :^)


MARCH 2003: Pictures taken at my house by Carol McDougald of my 162.1 collection confirmed the above statements as we took pics in the window and then on her light table. Adjustments were accordingly made in the price guide as to color listing names concerning these pieces and ultimately came out in the 2003 price guide.