Cement and Concrete Color Measurement

In this architectural age of dynamic shapes and forms dramatically expressing a designer's imagination and innovation, concrete and cement can be seen in almost every form, texture and color. Comprising materials such as crystalline quartz, as well as vitreous and ceramic decorative aggregates, controlling the appearance of these materials is essential to satisfy the esthetic and functional requirements for a strong and appealing structure.

Test Color of Concrete

HunterLab offers a selection of instruments to help you manage your concrete and cement color measurement and quality control requirements.


70% of our customers choose a directional 45°/0° geometry instrument as a QC tool for its ability to measure color the way the human eye sees color, capturing both the effect of color and the effect of gloss and texture. This is the geometry that is recommended by HunterLab for color measurement of opaque finished materials that will be viewed by the customer.


30% of our customers choose diffuse d/8° Sphere geometry for measuring color for its tendency to negate surface appearance attributes of gloss and texture and look at color only.

Concrete Color Test

Many of HunterLab's spectrophotometers are versatile enough to accommodate most applications of color measurement. However, based on 60+ years of experience and a thorough understanding of our customers' needs and product use, these particular instruments are most suited for this industries application.

ColorFlex EZ (Directional 45°/0° Geometry, Reflectance, 400-700 nm)

40% of our customers prefer this instrument because of its compact design and integrated display, so does not require a PC and external software.

Test Color with ColorFlex EZ

MiniScan EZ 4500L (45°/0° Geometry, Reflectance, 400-700 nm)

10% of our customers select the hand-held MiniScan EZ because it is rugged, lightweight and ergonomically designed and travels anywhere, from the lab to the production line, indoors or outdoors.

Test Color with MiniScan EZ 4500L

If you are unsure which instrument type is right for your samples, please call or email HunterLab technical support and we will be happy to assist you in making the proper instrument selection.

AN 1002

CIE Standard Observers and calculation of CIE X, Y, Z color values

CIE Standard Observers and calculation of CIE X, Y, Z color values.

AN 1005

Measuring Color using Hunter L, a, b vs CIE 1976 L*a*b*

Measuring Color using Hunter L, a, b vs CIE 1976 L*a*b*.

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Averaging in Color Measurement

Averaging in Color Measurement.

AN 1016

HunterLab Rd, a, b Color Scale History and Application

HunterLab Rd, a, b Color Scale History and Application.

AN 1018

Using Hitch Standardization on a Series of Color Measuring Instruments

Using Hitch Standardization on a Series of Color Measuring Instruments.

AN 1031 Identification of Measurement Parameters

Identification of Measurement Parameters

Identification of Measurement Parameters.

AN 1033 Color versus Appearance

Understanding the difference between measuring color and measuring appearance

Understanding the difference between measuring color and measuring appearance.

HunterLab Solution Matrix

Geometry, Measurement Modes, and Indices

Geometry, Measurement Modes, and Indices.

MM 5014 Measuring Loose Powder with ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for loose powder using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for loose powder using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO.

MM 5064 Measuring Loose Powder with UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for loose powder using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for loose powder using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO.

MM 5064 Measuring Loose Powder with UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for loose powder using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for loose powder using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO.

MM 5100 Measuring Loose Powder with ColorFlex EZ

Measurement method for loose powder with ColorFlex EZ

Measurement method for loose powder with ColorFlex EZ.