Can I use an light meter to get monitor brightness?

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pixelgenius Senior Member • Posts: 4,212
Re: There You Have It again

MrBrightSide wrote:

Indeed. I was remarking on what seems to be a permanent cultural and technological gap between Macs and PCs. In this case case changing output levels to a specific number is simple on a PC but much harder on a Mac.

As explained, you target the Cd/m2 with an instrument. It's gotta be measured. Macs or Windows.

Macs allow users to adjust brightness. One can target a Cd/m2 with such adjustments with an instrument to a targeted value.

Like for instance the X-Rite calibrating device I use doesn’t have the option of setting my monitor to a specific output level.

It absolutely should. Done in with the instrument with appropriate software from X-rite or otherwise.

The software sets it to whatever the designers thought it should be.

What designers? With my X-rite software, on Mac, I can enter any Cd/m2 value my display can produce. It just happens to be 145. As requested and measured.

Ellis Vener wrote:

Which doesn’t mean that the display will necessarily actually produce that brightness level.

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