Light Reflectance Value

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What is LRV?

LRV is the acronym for Light Reflectance Value. Value is often confused with the term intensity. Intensity is about vividness or dullness – is the colour clear or muted? Value, however refers strictly to the lightness or darkness of a colour.

LRV runs on a scale from 0% to 100%. As you can see from the above scale 0% is an absolute black and 100% is a perfectly reflective white.
Dark colours below the mid-point of 50% will absorb more light from a room, where colours with a higher LRV will reflect more light back into a room.

Designing for Dementia and Visually Impaired

Having the correct knowledge of LRVs is vital for the design of care homes, especially for patients who have dementia or for those who are visually impaired. Colour plays an important role when designing for care homes. Colour affects a patient’s mood and ability to navigate.

Contrast sensitivity is a common visual issue and making clear, high level contrast is one of the most important factors when designing for these patients. The level of contrast between surfaces such as walls and ceilings, doors and seating etc. is invaluable in giving clues to the visually impaired as to the shape and potential navigation of a room.

Light Reflectance Values are the best way to measure contrast. All fabrics, paints and materials have an LRV marked out of 100 points. To meet requirements, there should be at least a 30 point variance in LRVs between adjacent surfaces such as floors and walls. This is a legal requirement since the Equality Act 2010.

Colour Pantone LRV%
Almond 7506C 74.16
Applemint 563C 40.75
Aquamarine 7700C 9.30
Battleship 7C 32.80
Blackberry 662C 3.80
Bubble Gum 1777C 32.80
Blood Orange 173C 19.27
Blue Steel 2128C 45.73
Candy 212C 27.03
Cherry Blossom 707C 54.93
Citrus Green 377C 22.94
Cobalt 3C 2.30
Cocoa 759C/476C 4.10
Cool Blue 644C 42.20
Coral 2348U 24.77
Damson 4779C 2.75
Deep Rose 7634C 22.71
Dijon 132C/7754C 19
Dolphin 7681C 39.98
Dune 7527C 67.99
Eden 7726C 14.67
Elephant 7653C 25.76
Fuchsia 241U 10.66
Fudge 7566C 18.24
Gingersnap 7579U 28.65
Golden Honey 1245C 32.80
Grape 7662C 9.56
Greyfriar 10C 12.50
Gunmetal Grey Cool Gray 11C 7.54
Jasmine White 11-0602TPX 86.58
Jazzberry 216C 5.46
Koala 422C 39.34
Lemon 2003C 75.51
Colour Pantone LRV%
Likoni 2945C 34.74
Lilac 2093C 34.74
Lupin 7455C 11.86
Magnum 7530C 34.05
Marigold 129C 64.07
Mikado 7597C 17.47
Moss 7498C 8.50
Mulled Wine 1817C 4.10
Ocean Blue 647C 8.50
Pear 617C 53.21
Pecan 7532C 10.09
Pillar Box 200C 12.50
Primrose 2004C 73.63
Professor Plum 5195C 5.84
Purple Rain 2078C 37.53
Putty 7534C 66.01
Rainforest 5605C 2.52
Raspberry Crush 215C 10.09
Rosso 202C 10.71
Rouge 485C 17.59
Rusty 7524C 16.02
Sapphire Blue 2767C 1.56
Scrubs 7716C 23.79
Sea Green 2236C 23.08
Sunblush 2011C 41.69
Tangerine 151C 41.69
Teal 7720C 9.68
Ultraviolet 7679C 6.93
Walnut 732C 5.09
Wasabi 451C 32.80
Chieftain Pantone LRV%
Apple 7741C 19.18
Azure 319C 48.28
Carbon 426C 1.73
Electric Blue 2142C 39.94
Fire Red 201C 8.5
Gentle Yellow 7508C 56.68
Mango 7578C 25.94
Oatmeal 155C 70.01
Olive 7768C 21.02
Powder Blue 550C 39.34
Seashell 7590C 49.51
Signal Red 200C 12.50
Smokey Grey Cool Gray 8C 25.96
Subtle Green 568C 10.09
Twilight 289C 1.56
White Orchid 11-0602TPX 83
Wild Cherry 7433C 13.84
Chieftain Multistretch Pantone LRV%
Blueberry 295C 2.3
Capri Blue 2131C 11.77
Caviar 419C 1.56
Chocolate 7596C 5.83
Ebony 6C 1.00
Ember 1805C 11.25
Juniper 2130C 19.49
Merlot 188C 5.84
Midnight 1 1.73
Mint 556C 31.59
Rosemary 7681C 39.98
Snowdrop 11-0602TPX 83.00
Vanilla 468C 66.1
Very Berry 216C 5.46
Colour Pantone LRV%
Airforce Blue 5425C 29.25
Aubergine 518C 3.52
Bark 438C 5.46
Beaver 7504C 21.05
Bitter Chocolate 439C 4.10
Black Velvet Black 6C 1.00
Blood Orange 173C 19.27
Boysenberry 703C 18.93
Bronze 875U 18.94
Camel 7531C 18.42
Colonel Mustard 116C 66.01
Dark Oak 412C 2.75
Deep Sea 2767C 1.56
Dusk Grey 409C 24.92
Ecrue 7528C 53.21
Flint 446C 5.09
Glacier 304C 55.36
Gold Medal 871C 21.05
Gothic Black 6C 1.00
Heather 437C 17.59
Colour Pantone LRV%
Hulk Green 383C 36.63
Liquer 750C 21.05
Moonstone 877C 28.13
Old Gold 1255C 23.91
Peachy 163C 48.28
Pearl 11-0601TCX 83
Pewter Cool Gray 11C 7.45
Pink Lady 205C 22.93
Red October 1807C 9.54
Ruby Red 202C 10.71
Sable 7532C 10.09
Sand Dune 726C 66.01
Slate Cool Gray 9C 18.64
Stonewash 277C 54.93
Taupe 7536C 36.63
Titanium 422C 41.91
Toffee 4635C 13.84
Tulip 2623C 3.52
Umber 7519C 9.01
Winter Green 3425C 9.01
Colour Pantone LRV%
Classic Black Black 6C 1.00
Classic Brown 4975C 2.30
Classic Burgundy 201C 8.50
Classic Dove 431C 13.84
Classic Ink 2768C 1.41
Classic Snow White 11-002TPX 86.58
Legend Briar
Legend Buffalo Black 6C 1.00
Legend Burgundy
Legend Antelope Black 6C 1.00
Legend Bluebell 294C 3.25
Legend Charcoal Black 6C 1.00
Colour Pantone LRV%
Legend Cinnamon 175C 5.84
Legend Dahlia Black 6C 1.00
Legend Daisy 000C 100
Legend Fern 363C 18.42
Legend Garnet 195C 6.65
Legend Grey 429c 42.19
Legend Indigo
Legend Iris 296C 3.52
Legend Navy 289C 1.56
Legend Oporto
Legend Poppy 200C 12.50
Legend Truffle 7501C 62.16
Colour Pantone LRV%
Amalfi 7461C 17.59
Amore 186C 14.45
Bianco 11-0601TCX 83
Bruna 173C 19.27
Caffe 7517C 9.45
Crema 7501C 62.16
Erica 2587C 12.50
Espresso 7518C 9.54
Latte 7530C 34.05
Lusso 666C 31.59
Mela 383C 36.63
Colour Pantone LRV%
Nero Black 6C 1.00
Oro 110C 45.16
Rosa 7433C 13.84
Scuro Cool Gray 11C 7.45
Sorbetto 695C 21.05
Stella 654C 2.99
Topo 7450C 54.93
Vino 202C 10.71
Viola 519C 4.75
Vita 7542C 49.89
Zucchini 7491C 21.05
Colour Pantone LRV%
Blush 7607U 31.29
Carob 7589U 15.00
Cashmere White 100
Cayenne 7524C 16.02
Chablis Metallic 16.51
Evergreen 7729U 13.73
Mauve 4995U 19.28
Mulberry 222U 4.42
Night Sky Classic Blue 19-4052 9.84
Shimmer 14-5002 TPX Silver 27.89
Bunting 16-4021 TPG Allure 26.24
Posy 7611U 62.03
Saffron 159U 21.06
Spice 497C 3.52

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