International Commission on Illumination

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International Commission on Illumination
Commission internationale de l'éclairage
Abbreviation CIE
Formation 1913
Region served
Official language
English, French
Yoshihiro Ohno
Website CIE Official website
The CIE 1931 colour space chromaticity diagram with wavelengths in nanometers. The colours depicted depend on the colour space of the device on which the image is viewed.

The International Commission on Illumination (usually abbreviated CIE for its French name, Commission internationale de l'éclairage) is the international authority on light, illumination, colour, and colour spaces. It was established in 1913 as a successor to the Commission Internationale de Photométrie and is today based in Vienna, Austria. The President from 2015 is Yoshihiro Ohno from the US.[1]


The CIE has eight divisions, each of which establishes technical committees to carry out its program under the supervision of the division's director:

  1. Vision and Colour
  2. Measurement of Light and Radiation
  3. Interior Environment and Lighting Design
  4. Lighting and Signalling for Transport
  5. Exterior Lighting and Other Applications
  6. Photobiology and Photochemistry
  7. General Aspects of Lighting (Inactive)
  8. Image Technology


  • In 1964 the 10° CIE standard observer and its corresponding colour matching functions as well as the new standard daylight illuminant D6500 were added, as well as a method for calculating daylight illuminants at correlated colour temperatures other than 6500 kelvin.
  • In 1976, the commission developed the CIELAB and CIELUV colour spaces, which are widely used today.
  • Based on CIELAB, colour difference formulas CIEDE94 and CIEDE2000 were recommended in the corresponding years.

See also


  1. CIE Board of Administration. Retrieved 07/07/2015.
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