Radiometry is the science of measuring light in any portion of the spectrum. Therefore, the color is not important to the radiometry.

Light is radiant energy. Electromagnetic radiation transports energy through space. A broadband source, like the Sun, emits the energy throughout most of the spectrum, while, on the other hand, single-wavelength laser emits radiation only at one specific wavelength.

We can define spectral radiant energy, which is the amount of radiant
energy per unit wavelength interval at wavelength , as:

Radiant flux is then defined as:

where *Q* is radiant energy, and *t* is time. Spectral radiant flux is
defined as . Radiant flux density is
the radiant flux per unit area at a point on the surface. There are
two possibilities. The flux can be arriving at the surface (radiant
flux density is then called irradiance):

And the flux can be leaving the surface (radiant flux density is
then referred to as radiant exitance):

There are also spectral forms of radiant flux densities,
and .

If we think of a ray of light arriving at or leaving a point on a
surface in a given direction, then radiance is simply an infinitesimal
amount of radiant flux contained in this ray. Actually the ray should
be an infinitesimally narrow cone with its apex at a point on a
surface. The cone has a differential solid angle that is
measured in steradians. Of course, a ray intersecs the surface at
angle . Therefore a projected area instead
of the area *dA* should be used. The definition of radiance is then:

Unlike radiant flux density, the definition of radiance does not
distinguish between flux arriving at or leaving the surface. Spectral
radiance, as radiance per unit wavelength interval at wavelength
is also defined.