Reflectance Spectrophotometer – Lovibond? TR 500 / 520


New, cost-effective, handheld, sphere, spectrophotometer guaranteed by the renowned Tintometer Lovibond®’s expertise in colour measurement.

Quality control of colour is important in many industries, e.g. paints and coatings, cosmetics and plastics.

These up-to-date, reflectance spectrophotometers are ideal for the measurement of opaque and translucent products because they are sphere based (or d:8°).

Includes FREE PC OnShade Software!


  • Painting and coatings
  • Printing
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Food and beverage
  • Cosmetics and pharmaceuticals
  • Ceramics


  • Reflectance, sphere-based spectrophotometers with options of: dual aperture 10 mm / 8 mm and 5 mm / 4 mm OR smaller fixed aperture of 1 x 3 mm, 4 mm or 8 mm
  • Repeatable, stable measurements with on-board camera based locator that makes it easier to see what you are measuring
  • Latest touch screen technology with intuitive display for easy operation
  • On-screen guide for easier measuring
  • Comfortable, handheld, ergonomic design for comfortable measurements
  • Robust and durable for long term use
  • You can set customised parameters for quality control
  • Several language options; right or left handed operation
  • Fluorescent materials can also be measured with UV feature in the TR 520 model
  • FREE OnShade software allows you to develop graphs, statistics, shade searching all available colour, space, colour differences and indices
  • Results can be viewed and printed on-screen or on your PC with a USB cable
  • White and black calibration tiles included. It is recommended to re-calibrate at least every 24 hours
  • The optional accessory, the TR Accessory, is a portable docking station that provides a light controlled environment and optical cells for measuring liquids, gels, powders and other "difficult to measure" samples


  • TR 500 – spectrophotometer with fixed 1 x 3 mm, 4 mm or 8 mm aperture for small samples
  • TR 520 – spectrophotometer with the more flexible option of switchable 10/8 mm and 5 / 4 mm apertures that are more commonly used
  • TRA 500 and TRA 520 – combines the spectrophotometers above with a new flexible TR Accessory, a docking station that allows the accurate measurement of different material forms, including powders, granules, pastes, gels and liquids. Provides a light controlled environment and supports a wide variety of sample cells


One year


Specifications TR 520 TR500
Light Source Combined LED Light, UV Light Combined LED Light
Optical Geometry Reflect: di: 8°, de: 8° (diffused illumination, 8 degree viewing angle)
Integrating Sphere Size 48 mm
Spectrophotometric Mode Concave Grating
Sensor 256 image Element Double Array CMOS Image Sensor
Display 3.5 inch TFT colour LCD, Capacitive Touch Screen
Interfaces USB
Bluetooth 4.0
Wavelength Range 400 – 700 nm
Wavelength Interval 10 nm
Semiband Width 10 nm
Data Storage 2000 Standards : 20000 Samples
Measurement Mode Single Measurement, Average Measurement
Power Supply Li-ion Battery. 5 000 measurements with 8 hours
Battery Life Time 5000 measurements with 8 hours
Location Method Camera View Finder Locating
Measured Reflectance Range 0 – 200 %
Measurement Time 2.6 s
Measuring Aperture Dual Aperture: 10mm/8mm & 5mm/4mm Customised Aperture: 8mm/4mm/1x3mm
Specular Component SCI & SCE
Colour Space CIE Lab, XYZ, LCh, CIE LUV, Hunter Lab
Colour Difference Formular ΔE*ab, ΔE*uv, ΔE*94, ΔE*cmc (2:1), ΔE*cmc (1:1), ΔE*00v, ΔE (Hunter)
Other Colorimetric Index WI (ASTM E313, CIE/ISO, AATCC, Hunter)
YI (ASTM D1925, ASTM 313, TI (ASTM E313, CIE/ISO)
Metamerism Index MI, Staining Fastness, Colour Fastness, Colour Strength, Opacity
Displayed Data Spectrogram/Values, Samples Chromaticity Values,
Colour Difference Values/Graph, PASS/FAIL Result, Colour Offset
Inter Instrument Agreement MAV/SCI: ΔE* ≤0.15 MAV/SCI: ΔE* ≤0.2
Bandwidth 10 nm
Repeatability MAV/SCI: ΔE* ≤0.03 MAV/SCI: ΔE* ≤0.05
Illuminants D65, A, C, D50, D55, D75, F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12 D65, A, C, D50, D75, F2, F7, F11
Portability Portable
Illuminant Life Span 5 years, more than 3 million measurements
Observer Angle 2° / 10°
Environmental Conditions 0 – 40 °C, 0 – 85° Relative Humidity (non condensing), Altitude < 2000 m
Stock Conditions -20 – 50 °C, 0 – 85° Relative Humidity (non condensing)
Languages User Interface English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Dimensions 184 L x 105 H x 77 W in mm
Weight 600 g
  • TR Spectrophotometer of your choice
  • PC OnShade Software
  • White and black calibration cavity
  • Power adapter
  • Built-in Li-ion battery
  • User guide

Optional Accessories (available as a separate purchase):

  • TR Accessory (for liquids, powders and gels)
  • Micro printer



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