ColorLite sph900

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ColorLite sph900

The flexible solution – spectrophotometer with the best handling on the market


  • Combi-spectrophotometer with two geometries according to DIN5033: 45°/0° and d/8°
  • Further probe head with measuring geometry d/0° (not standardized) available as direct probe head or adapter
  • Small, flexible external probe head –  therefore ideally suited for measuring small and curved parts
  • Wide range of accessories for measuring liquids, powders, granules, foods, cables
  • High powered LED-light source with an optimal life span
  • Perfectly simple handling through intuitive user interface
  • Memory space for 1000 standards and 350 sample photos
  • Connection to a PC wireless  or  with USB
  • Optional: Integrated data matrix scanner.                                                                                                       It’s so easy: Scan QR / barcode – measure sample – save data

Colour measurement of curved parts with the s-version

The 45°/° probe head in the s-version has a smaller measuring opening of 5.5 mm and a top surface of only 13 mm. The probe head is perfect for measuring extremely small or bent parts


The ColorLite spectrophotometer 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
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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

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…

d/0° probe head – measuring inhomogeneous samples

The d/0° measuring heads ( and -adapters) MA38 and MA80 illuminate the sample with a diffuse LED light source on an area of 38 mm or an 80 mm respectively. These versions are used to measure inhomogeneous samples such as granules, food, wood paints or…

ActiveX – Communication tool

A list of commands in an ActiveX DLL library enables you to communicate with the spectrophotometer from your software.

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…

Printer Zebra ZD410

203 dpi Thermo-Barcode-Label Printer USB Bluetooth (BTLE – low energy, WIFI (802.11ac) Bluetooth v4.1, USB-Host, black Including a customer specific printed layout adaption.

Probe Head Adapter MA35-UK with d/8° geometry

Enables the use of a d/8° geometry according to DIN 5033 and a 45°/0° geometry in one system Scanning area is 6 mm or  3 mm Precision optics Integrating sphere with barium sulphate coating Built-in white high power Light Emitting Diodes LEDs Robust cas…

Probe Head Adapter MA38-UK with d/0° geometry

Extends the measuring spot of the standard probe head to 38 mm. Built-in light source high powered white LEDs Casing made of Polyoxymethylene (POM) Operation and power supply from spectrophotometer Included white ceramic calibration standard

MA38-Set for measuring inhomogeneous samples

MA38 probe head to extend the measuring spot of the standard probe head to 38 mm. Light source high powered white LEDs, Casing made of Polyoxymethylen (POM), Operation and power supply from spectrophotometer, Attached to Holder for device, material alu…

MA80-Set for measuring of granules and inhomogeneous samples

MA80 probe head to extend the measuring spot of the standard probe head to 80 mm Measurement geometry d/0° Built-in light source high powered white LEDs Casing made of Polyoxymethylen (POM), Operation and power supply from spectrophotometer Attached to…

CA10-UK Holder for measuring in the transmission mode (foil, plastic sheets)

Accessory for the measurement of translucent (chemical) liquids and plastic sheets with different diameters. Adapter for the standard probe head of the spectrophotometer. Fixture, aluminum, heavy duty. With secure attachment of the spectrophotometer an…

Stative for probe head adapter for d/8° and d/0°

Holder consisting of a glass bottom plate and a stand for secure attachment of measuring system and probe head. The spectrophotometer is easily attached and the tilt adjusted to enable easy reading. The built-in socket connects to the included mains po…

Stative for probe head adapter for 45°/0°

Holder consisting of a glass bottom plate and a stand for secure attachment of measuring system and probe head. The spectrophotometer is easily attached and the tilt adjusted to enable easy reading. The built-in socket connects to the included mains po…

Set for measuring powders in a glass cuvette

Probe head holder Light proof cover White ceramic working standard – large Optical cuvette, made of special glass, Dimensions: 25 x 34 mm Integrated junction to the power supply (100-240 VAC)

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

Reflector for measurement of liquids

Built-in white ceramic for reflection the light

Probe head adapter MA80 – Measuring geometry d/0°

Expands the probe head´s measuring area to 80mm Built-in illumination light source: white high performance LED´s Casing made out of Polyoxymethylen (POM) Connection and power supply from the basic spectrophotometer The delivery includes: White calibrat…

Cuvette for probe head adapter MA80

Special model Cylindrical cuvette Material: Polyoxymethylen (POM) Glass bottom made from optical not reflecting material

Stainless steel cuvette for probe head (-adapter) MA38

Suitable for MA38-Set for measurement of inhomogeneous sample With replaceable anti-reflective glass bottom Height 35 mm Diameter: 50mm Diameter glass surface: 40 mm

Cuvette large for reflection measurements for probe head (-adapter) MA38

Cylindrical made of optical glass Dimensions: 30 x 50 mm (h x d)

Cuvette for optical measurements

Cylindrical made of optical glass Dimensions: 25 x 34 mm (h x d)

Positioning aid with prism for MA35-UK

Apparatus for positioning cylindrical samples in front of the probe head MA35-UK, with a prism Material: Polyoxymethylen (POM)

Safety and delivery bag for sph870 / sph900

Protection by foiled display. Velcro fastener, slightly upholstered, with length adjustable and removable shoulder strap.

Target device TD4

For positioning probe head on very small areas, measuring spot 3,9mm

Additional battery pack for handheld devices

NiMH 6 Volt / 1100mAh

Power supply for handheld devices

6V, 1,5A (110-240V, 50/60 Hz)

Black standard

Black standard tile Dimensions: 5 x 5 cm Delivered with an Etui

Highly stable green colour standard

For checking the long term stability of the spectrophotometers, two high colourful green flanks false during calibration can be detected. Dimensions: 5 x 5 cm Delivered with an etui

Working standard small

For protecting the standard probe head´s included PTB-white standard (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) Total diameter: 36 mm Ceramic surface: 10 mm

Working standard large

For a variety of probe heads, for protecting the included PTB-white standard (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt)

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.

Two main geometries in one device – 45°/0° and d/8°

The two main geometries in use today are the 45°/0° and the d/8° geometry described in the DIN 5033. The normal 45°/0° geometry of the ColorLite sph900 can be easily converted to a d/8°, using our optional accessory MA35-UK. The d/8° probe head can als…

External steel probe head

The unique stainless steel probe head, only 25 mm in diameter. Provides the perfect interface between the sample and instrument – ensuring the most reliable results possible. Hold your sample in one hand and simply press the sprung probe head onto the…

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…

User mode and user management

User Mode – restricted functionality – prevents adjustment of settings or standards being deleted. User simply selects the standard colour and measures. User management – When activated a 4-digit user ID is stored with all colour data.

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.

Black soft touch coating

Means that the ColorLite spectrophotometer sph900 feels good in the hand. The rubber like surface offers an ideal grip on the instrument and at the same time simply looks good.

Wireless communication or USB V2.0 (RS232 available as an option)

With wireless communication data is instantaneously transferred to the PC during measurements. Alternatively stored data can be downloaded or colour standards (references) uploaded without cables, optimising handling of the system. Or use the supplied…

Spectrometer mode – Optional

In this mode the spectrophotometer sph900 can be used as a normal mobile spectrometer i.e. measure the spectral radiation (in 3.5 nm steps, Wavelength 400 nm to 700 nm ) and chromaticity values of any light source for example such as LED’s. To do this…

Warning messages

Variable standard deviation threshold 0.01 to 2 for multiple scans Variable time dependent calibration warning 1h to 24h Variable temperature dependent calibration warning 0 to 9 When the difference between the standard and the sample is too high When…

Communication tool ActiveX – Optional

A list of commands in an ActiveX.DLL library enables you to communicate, review with the spectrophotometer from your Software.

FRAM memory chips – no batteries needed

The high performance „Ferroelectric Random Access Memory“ FRAM chips have an operating life of at least 100 000 billion automated write operations and a data retention of 10 years. This ensures that no data or standards are lost in the system. With no…

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