Upholstery Testing >> Colorfastness To Light Testing for Upholstery

Colorfastness to Light (AHFA or ACT Standards)

Test Method(s):
    · AATCC Test Method 16: Option 3 Following AHFA Joint Industry Fabrics Standards & Guidelines for Upholstery Fabric
    · AATCC Test Method 16 - Option 3 Following ACT (Association for Contract Textiles) Voluntary Performance Guidelines for Upholstery Fabrics or Wall-coverings


Scope: Determines the general principles and procedures which are currently in use for determining the colorfastness to light of textile materials

Follows Test Method:

  • AATCC Test Method 16 - Option 3
    • Sample is placed in a testing mask with part of the sample exposed and part covered as a control
    • The testing mask is loaded in a weather-o-meter holder and placed in a rack in the weather-o-meter for exposure
    • Sample is exposed to a customer requested amount of AATCC fading units (hours)
    • Color change of the sample is evaluated

Machine Specifications:

  • Atlas Ci 3000+ Weather-O-meter
  • Xenon Arch Lamp, Continuous Light, Black Panel Option
  • Horizontal Specimen Rack using SL-3T (70x145x3mm) Specimen Holders, Rack Capacity = 20

For more information contact: Jodi Geis 828-327-7000 ext. 4115 or e-mail at: Jodi Geis