ColorLite sph870/900 for the measurement of liquids

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Portable Spectrophotometer

ColorLite sph870/sph900

with accessories for measuring liquids

When measuring liquids we differentiate according to the type of sample.

Opaque liquids 

Opaque liquids are solutions where light is not transmitted but absorbed or reflected off the surface.

Transparent liquids

Transparent liquids are clear solutions where light is transmitted without being reflected. Light being tranmittted through a clear liquid will interact dependent of the spectral properties.

Translucent liquids

Translucent liquids are solutions where light is partly transmitted and partly diffusely reflected. The amount of light transmitted is dependent on the path of the light. 

For every sample type ColorLite offers the perfect equipment for colour measurement. We will be happy to support you.

Direct colour measurement of liquids with dipstick

Spectrophotometer sph870/900 with special probe head for reflection and transmission measurement. IP67 class 


The ColorLite sph900 has a trend-setting O-LED colour display and an intelligent interface that automatically detects connected accessories. This makes the measuring system very flexible and suitable for a large number of measuring applications. By using the integrating sphere adapter MA35 it is possible to measure both standard measuring geometries – 45°/0° and d/8° – with only one spectrophotometer. The sph900 spectrophotometer was developed by using only high quality components and complies with all current ASTM and DIN standards.


  • Colour measurement and registration of goods intake and goods output according to DIN EN ISO 9000 standard
  • Objective quality control of colours within a production
  • Colour difference measurement to reference colours stored on the device

The delivery includes

  • Certified white standard PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt)
  • Aluminium case with foam padding
  • USB interface cable
  • Temperature controlled battery charger
  • User manual
Measurement Geometry45°/0° (area 3,5 mm) - or d/8° version -
according to DIN 5033
Optional: 45°/0° AND d/8° with
MA35-UK Adapter
or d/0° with MA38-Adapter
IlluminantsD65, D55, D50, A, C, F11
Standard Observer2° and 10°
Colour ScalesXYZ, Yxy, ΔE CIE L*a*b*, L*u*v*, L*C*h, Hunter Lab
Remission Spectrum with cursor displaying wavelength and % CIE-L*a*b* Diagram incl. tolerance limits
Quality Control
Tolerance Limits and Colour Differences
ΔE CIELab; ΔL, Δa, Δb; ΔL, Δu, Δv; ΔL, ΔC, Δh;
Min/Max, PASS/FAIL, ΔECMC (1:1 und 1:2), CIE ΔE94,
ΔE2000, dynamic index
Metameric-Index for D65/A and D65/F11 according to DIN 6172
Other ValuesContrast: LRV (Light Reflectance Value) according to BS 8493:2008,
Various White-Index values
Various Yellowness-Index values
Hazen/APHA; JOD - (CA10-LS Adapter needed)
Spectral Light Source Measurement Spectra and chromaticity measurement of light sources such as LED´s - optional
Sample Photos350 Colour photos to visualise scanning area
Dimension: 160 x 120 Pixel
Spectral Range/ Wavelength400 nm to 700 nm
Spectral Resolution Holographic grating-Spectrometer
FWHM @500 nm < 10 nm
Scanning in 3,5 nm intervals
Resolution: 115 x 16-Bit per scan
DisplayHigh resolution O-LED colour display: High contrast and
low-Power 1/4-VGA, 320 x 240 Pixel
Repeatability< 0,03 ΔE CIELab
Light Source White and blue LED´s
Life span > 20 years
Automatic Accessory Recognition An accessory is detected and device settings automatically modified accordingly
Ambient temperature
15 °C to 45 °C
Relative humiditymax. 85% not-condensing

Stainless steel dipstick for measurement of liquids

The spectrophotometer sph870/900 with a stainless steel dipstick, which has a 0°/0° measuring geometry and protection class IP67. High-performance special wide range LED guarantees a stable light source for a life time. No lamps need changing. The prob…

45/0° probe head – like the eye see´s it

The 45°/0° measuring geometry is standardised in DIN standard 5033. The sample is illuminated at an angle of 45° with a direct light source and the reflected light is measured at 0°. The measurements of this measurement geometry come closest to the vis…

d/8° probe head – the sphere geometry

The standardized d/8° measuring geometry is described in the DIN 5033. The probe is illuminated with a diffuse light source and measured at an angle of 8°. The diffuse light is generated in a so called integrating sphere. The gloss of the surface is me…

ColorDaTra Professional

The ColorDaTra-database program is a very easy to use tool to review analyse protocol your colours   Basic function: Archiving of reference colours as standard Visualization of production models as CIE L * a * b * absolute and relative values and…

ColorDaTra Basic

The ColorDaTra-database program is a very easy to use tool to review analyse protocol your colours   Basic function: Archiving of reference colours as standard Visualization of production models as CIE L * a * b * absolute and relative values and…

CA10-UK Set for measurement in transmission mode (liquids)

Enables measuring in transmission mode Adapter for the use of 10 mm disposable cuvettes Fixture, aluminum, heavy duty. With secure attachment of the device and measuring head. With integrated connection to the included AC adapter (100-240 VAC). Connect…

Cuvette holder CA10-LS

With regulated light source and collimator, Optical path 10 mm Optimal fitting of the cuvette through sprung spectrophotometer probe head Resistant housing made of Polyoxymethylene Built-in light source: White LUXEON LED (-LS) Dimensions: 100 x 40 x 40…

Cuvette holder CA10

For measuring opaque liquids in one way cuvettes for the spectrophotometer sph870 and sph900.

Disposable cuvettes

Thickness 10 mm 12,5 x 12,5 x 45 mm 100 pieces, packed in Styrofoam box Material: Polymethylmethacrylate

The perfect light source – LED’s

“The light source of the future” LED’s (Light Emitting Diodes) ensure an excellent long- and short-term stability of results and low maintenance costs. The pulse mode ensures that brightness levels stay high for a guaranteed 20 years.

High contrast colour O-LED display

Super high contrast O-LED full colour display provides the perfect interface between the instrument and user – ensuring very simple handling reducing training time and increasing reliability. The 180° viewing angle of the O-LED display works without ba…

User friendly

Only 4 Main levels: Measure – Calibrate – Settings – Memory Simple 4 button control. Real photos explaining things step-by-step, for example the calibration routines.

1000 standard colours in 5 folders and 3 ways of finding them

Store up to 1000 standard colours in 5 folders – each with an individual CIE dE or dL*,da*, db* tolerances to find the correct colour. Use one of three methods, including an automated best match function. Sort the standards by list or use our intellige…

High optical resolution of 3.5 nm steps

One hundred and fifteen (115) 16-Bit spectral values are measured for each scan, using a highly robust optical grating and Hamamatsu spectrometer. Wavelength 400 nm to 700 nm.  This ensures a good correlation, even with elaborate desktop spectrophotome…

FAST – 32-Bit ARM RISC processor

The central automated processing unit of the ColorLite spectrophotometer sph900 is a high performance 32-Bit RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) processor. This enables a single scanning time of less than one second. Which means the overall time ne…

AAD – automatic accessory detection

The external probe head can be attached to a variety of accessories for measuring different types of samples. The spectrophotometer sph900 AAD automated changes internal settings depending on what accessory is attached.