ASTM E1455 - 03(2010)

    Standard Practice for Obtaining Colorimetric Data from a Visual Display Unit Using Tristimulus Colorimeters

    Active Standard ASTM E1455 | Developed by Subcommittee: E12.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.01


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    Significance and Use

    This practice may be applied when tristimulus colorimeters are used to measure the colors produced on self-luminous video display devices such as CRTs and flat-panel displays, including electroluminescent (EL) panels, field emission displays (FEDs), and back-lit liquid crystal displays (LCDs). This practice is not meant to be a complete description of a procedure to measure the color coordinates of a display. Rather, it provides a method for obtaining more accurate results when certain conditions are met. It may be used by any person engaged in the measurement of color on display devices who has access to the requisite equipment.

    This practice defines a class of tristimulus colorimeters that may be said to be compatible with this practice.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is intended as an aid for improving the accuracy of colorimetric measurements made with tristimulus colorimeters on visual display units, such as cathode ray tubes (CRTs) and self-luminous flat-panel displays. It explains a useful step in the analysis of colorimetric data that takes advantage of the fact that light from such displays consists of an additive mixture of three primary colored lights. However, it is not a complete specification of how such measurements should be made.

    1.2 This practice is limited to display devices and colorimetric instruments that meet linearity criteria as defined in the practice. It is not concerned with effects that might cause measurement bias such as temporal or geometric differences between the instrument being optimized and the instrument used for reference.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E284 Terminology of Appearance

    E1336 Test Method for Obtaining Colorimetric Data From a Visual Display Unit by Spectroradiometry

    E1341 Practice for Obtaining Spectroradiometric Data from Radiant Sources for Colorimetry

    ISO/CIE Standard

    CIEStandardColorimet 1991 (E) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, 1991) Currently available through the U.S. National Committee of the CIE, c/o Mr. Thomas M. Lemons, TLA-Lighting Consultants, Inc., 7 Pond Street, Salem, MA 01970-4819. Also included in ASTM Standards on Color and Appearance, Fifth Edition, 1996.


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E1455-03R10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E1455-03(2010), Standard Practice for Obtaining Colorimetric Data from a Visual Display Unit Using Tristimulus Colorimeters, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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