Department of Pre-University Education, KarnatakaPUC Karnataka Science Class 12

The Yellow Colour Has a Greater Luminous Efficiency as Compared to the Other Colours Can We Increase the Illuminating Power of a White Light Source by Putting a Yellow Plastic Paper Around this Source - Physics

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The yellow colour has a greater luminous efficiency as compared to the other colours. Can we increase the illuminating power of a white light source by putting a yellow plastic paper around this source?

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No, we cannot increase the illuminating power of any white light source by wrapping a yellow plastic around them.

White light emits power in all wavelengths of visible radiation, and the yellow plastic will block all the other wavelengths other than the yellow one. This means that it will allow only a small amount of power, emitted by the white light, in the yellow coloured wavelength and block the rest. Thus, it will decrease the illuminating power of the source.

Concept: Light Process and Photometry
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HC Verma Class 11, Class 12 Concepts of Physics Vol. 1
Chapter 22 Photometry
Short Answers | Q 7 | Page 453

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