Calibrating a monitor with varying ambient light?

Started Feb 7, 2013 | Questions thread
mfait Contributing Member • Posts: 667
Re: Should not matter

sjgcit wrote:

Hardware calibration systems like the Sypder-4-express should not be affected by anything but the illumination coming from the display.

You can see this from this review which shows how they are used :

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True, but the perceived brightness of the monitor will be affected by the brightness of the room.   In the dark, a monitor will look brighter and in a well lit room with the sun coming in, it will look darker.  Therefore you might want to set a different white point target depending on your ambient lighting.  Lower white point target for working in a dark room and higher white point target for working in a bright room.

Spyder 4 Express does not support manual setting of white point, but ideally I think you would want to target a white point based on your ambient lighting.

Soyder 4 Elite is able to take an ambient light reading and recommend an appropriate white point target.

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