ASTM E2301 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Daytime Colorimetric Properties of Fluorescent Retroreflective Sheeting and Marking Materials for High Visibility Traffic Control and Personal Safety Applications Using 45°:Normal Geometry

    Active Standard ASTM E2301 | Developed by Subcommittee: E12.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.01


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    Significance and Use

    This test method provides procedures for obtaining tristimulus values, luminance factors and chromaticity coordinates of fluorescent-retroreflective materials by bispectral colorimetry using a 45:0 or 0:45 optical measuring system.

    The CIE 1931 (2°) standard observer is used to calculate the colorimetric properties of fluorescent-retroreflective sheeting and markings used in daytime high visibility traffic control and personal safety applications because in practice these materials are primarily viewed from a distance where they subtend less than 4° of the visual field.

    This test method is applicable to object-color specimens of any gloss level.

    Due to the retroreflective properties of these materials the colorimetric data may not be suitable for use in computer colorant formulation.

    This test method is suitable for quality control testing of fluorescent-retroreflective sheeting and marking materials.

    Note 1—Separation of the fluorescence and reflectance components from the total colorimetric properties provides useful and meaningful information to evaluate independently the luminescent and diffuse reflective efficiency and consistency of these materials.

    This test method is the referee method for determining the conformance of fluorescent-retroreflective sheeting and marking materials to standard daytime colorimetric specifications.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the instrumental measurement of the colorimetric properties (CIE tristimulus values, luminance factors, and chromaticity coordinates) of fluorescent-retroreflective sheeting and marking materials when illuminated by daylight.

    1.2 This test method is generally applicable to any sheeting or marking material having combined fluorescent and retroreflective properties used for daytime high visibility traffic control and personal safety applications.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.4 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

    D2244 Practice for Calculation of Color Tolerances and Color Differences from Instrumentally Measured Color Coordinates

    E179 Guide for Selection of Geometric Conditions for Measurement of Reflection and Transmission Properties of Materials

    E284 Terminology of Appearance

    E308 Practice for Computing the Colors of Objects by Using the CIE System

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    E1164 Practice for Obtaining Spectrometric Data for Object-Color Evaluation

    E1767 Practice for Specifying the Geometries of Observation and Measurement to Characterize the Appearance of Materials

    E2152 Practice for Computing the Colors of Fluorescent Objects from Bispectral Photometric Data

    E2153 Practice for Obtaining Bispectral Photometric Data for Evaluation of Fluorescent Color

    CIE Document

    CIE15:2004 Colorimetry Available from U.S. National Committee of the CIE (International Commission on Illumination), C/o Thomas M. Lemons, TLA-Lighting Consultants, Inc., 7 Pond St., Salem, MA 01970, http://www.cie-usnc.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.340.01 (Protective equipment in general); 17.180.20 (Colours and measurement of light)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E2301-12

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