Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions has been awarded a $250,000 contract by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop and create a new test system that will help improve methods for calculating and measuring the quality of a light source. The company will develop the tools necessary for creating new methods and measurements to more accurately and consistently characterize the color-rendering properties of all light sources, especially LEDs. The contract tasks Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions with developing light sources that are capable of producing a broad range of spectral power distributions within the visible spectrum for testing, evaluating, and/or establishing colorimetric and photometric metrics. The spectrally tunable light source also will be capable of simulating various types of existing lamps and conceivable white LED light sources.