Glass Color Measurement

Glass offers limitless possibilities as a core structural and design element in architecture because of its beauty and practicality. Architectural glass used as a building material can unite an interior space with the outdoors, permits the creative use of natural light to illuminate interior settings, and inspires the imagination to create elegant and aesthetic architectures. HunterLab has many years of experience in the glass industry, serving among our many customers in the architectural glass manufacturing area; Cardinal, Guardian, PPG, Pilkington and others.

Measure Color of Glass

Controlling the color of architectural glass is extremely important to ensure the creative and artistic intent of the designer, and to minimize the high cost of replacing off color panels in a structure.


Measuring the color of glass is achieved in two ways; a simple transmission color measurement tells us the color of the glass as viewed from the inside, and a reflectance measurement of the coated side tells us the color of the glass as seen from the outside. The reflectance color results can help to determine the thickness of AR and other coatings.


Glass 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.

MiniScan EZ 4000L (Diffuse d/8 Geometry, Reflectance, 400-700 nm)

15% prefer the convenience of the portable and easy to use hand-held spectrophotometer that offers reflectance only measurements.

Test Color with MiniScan EZ 4000L

UltraScan PRO (Diffuse d/8° sphere Geometry, Reflectance and Transmittance, 350-1050 nm)

30% of our customers select this high performance instrument for its extended wavelength measurement and its ability to measure both reflected and transmitted color.ultrascan-pro-spectrophotometer

Test Color with UltraScan Pro

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.

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

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

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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.

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HunterLab Rd, a, b Color Scale History and Application

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

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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 5006 Measuring Coated Glass with ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for coated glass using the UltraScan PRO, ColorQuest XE, and UltraScan VIS

Measurement method for coated glass using the UltraScan PRO, ColorQuest XE, and UltraScan VIS.

MM 5021 Measuring Translucent Solids with ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for flat, translucent solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for flat, translucent solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE.

MM 5031 Measuring Coated Glass with UltraScan VIS

Measurement method for coated glass using the UltraScan PRO, ColorQuest XE, and UltraScan VIS

Measurement method for coated glass using the UltraScan PRO, ColorQuest XE, and UltraScan VIS.

MM 5046 Measuring Flat Translucent Solids with UltraScan VIS

Measurement method for flat, translucent solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for flat, translucent solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE.

MM 5047 Measuring Metal Surfaces with UltraScan VIS

Measurement method for metal surfaces using the UltraScan VIS, UltraScan PRO, or ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for metal surfaces using the UltraScan VIS, UltraScan PRO, or ColorQuest XE.

MM 5056 Measuring Coated Glass with UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for coated glass using the UltraScan PRO, ColorQuest XE, and UltraScan VIS

Measurement method for coated glass using the UltraScan PRO, ColorQuest XE, and UltraScan VIS.

MM 5071 Measuring Flat Translucent Solids with UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for flat, translucent solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for flat, translucent solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE.

MM 5072 Measuring Metal Surfaces with UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for metal surfaces using the UltraScan VIS, UltraScan PRO, or ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for metal surfaces using the UltraScan VIS, UltraScan PRO, or ColorQuest XE.