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What is the importance of Light Reflective Value (LRV) in commercial bathrooms?

Light Reflective Value (or LRV) is a crucial consideration in commercial bathrooms around the world. LRV is “a measure of visible and usable light that is reflected from a surface when illuminated by a light source.” So in commercial bathrooms, it’s the colour contrast between toilet cubicle doors and the walls, vanities and the floor, grab rails/hardware and the panel colours. This difference in visual contrast makes it easier for the elderly and those with visual impairments to see and distinguish between the two objects. The LRV result that is being looked for is normally around 30, but this does depend in what setting the bathrooms are located, what national standard is being adhered to, and which users the bathroom is servicing. Please check the standards relevant to your project.

It’s important to note with woodgrain prints that the LRV result will be an average result because the colour tones in a woodgrain print can differ depending on the position of the surface measured, as opposed to a solid colour which will provide a consistent LRV result.

We’ve made it easy for you to calculate the LRV rating for your chosen Durasafe® colours. Punch the LRV of your chosen Durasafe® colours from our table below into our Duracube® LRV Calculator, and hit ‘Calculate’ for your result.

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The contrast formula used is based on the formula 125(Y2-Y1) / (Y1+Y2+25) where Y2 is the LRV of the lighter area and Y1 is the LRV of the darker area, as noted in Part E3 or E5 of AS/NZ 1428.4.1-2009 and Part B4 of AS1428.1-2009.

Disclaimer: This Calculator is designed to be a helpful tool to architects and builders, and provides indicative results only. Duracube® is not liable for the results provided.

Find out more about the advantages of using Durasafe® Compact Laminate in every project.

If you have any queries regarding Light Reflective Value or our Durasafe® colours, please contact our team anytime on 1300 387 228.


Durasafe® Compact Laminate Colours LRV

Colour LRV*
111 Artic White 81
113 Off White 82
138 Red Ochre 21
207 Wattle 58
243 Sage Green 53
254 Gum Leaf 14
268 Evening 36
275 Classic Grey 55
284 Sky 49
291 Royal Blue 12
279 Charcoal 11
297 Deep Water 11
401 Midnight 5
464 Barrier Reef 24
467 Jade Mist 24
738 Oak 49
923 Brushed Grey 39
5003 Phillipine Teak 34
5331 Midnight Acacia 7
5333 Southern Pine 30
5353 Rosenheim Elm 22
5375 Native Walnut 21
5388 Alpine Ash 38
5389 Deep Woods 10
5394 Washed Acacia 42
5427 Refresh Oak 33
5577 Concrete 39
5578 Slate 12
5730 Brushed Graphite 16
9610 Pure Ash 57

*Rounded down to nearest whole number

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