TruFade James Heal light fastness tester


Air-Cooled Light Fastness Tester

TruFade is designed for the user and has an excellent reputation for reliability, superior build quality and simplicity of use. 

It has unparalleled simplicity of operation; efficient specimen loading, easy lamp installation, effortless water fill and the intuitive software,which enables routine testing to be started with only three touches of the screen.

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TruFade light fastness machine

Unparalleled Simplicity of Operation

TruFade - Essy Specimen Loading

EFFICIENT SPECIMEN LOADING - Easy access to load the specimens which can be loaded in just a few seconds.

TruFade - Easy Lmap Installation

EASY LAMP INSTALLATION - The lamp in TruFade is very easy to install; tool-free and at a height suitable for most users.

Titan jaw separation distance - no ruler needed

EFFORTLESS WATER FILL -32 litre integrated water reservoir at the front of the instrument for full accessibility. 

Advanced Software - Made Simple

The software is very simple - no user manual required and it’s as intuitive as a SmartPhone.

It can be configured to be as simple or comprehensive to meet the specific needs of the user. It allows routine testing to be started in as little as three touches of the screen.

A Standard can be selected, with one touch of the screen, from a pre-programmed list or the user can define their own method. The entire set of parameters associated with each standard are pre-defined, including, where appropriate: Irradiance, Temperature and Relative Humidity. 

TruFade Touchscreen

Guides Ensure Clear Assessment

‘User friendly’ is a term used often by companies but TruFade is genuinely user friendly.  One of the many seemingly small design elements, which together make TruFade incredibly easy to use, are positioning guides, small notches in the sample holder. These notches makes life much easier for the user when, for example, testing Blue Wool.

James Heal premounted Blue Wools and specimen mounting cards are also supplied with the same notches to further complement this process.

The mask or cover is placed upon the specimen and firmly positioned using the notches on the Tri-sided holder.

After a mid-test visual assessment these guides ensure the mask or cover is placed back in exactly the same position.

At the end of the test the fade is shown with a clearly defined edge to ensure the users can make a definitive assessment.

A simple guide to Light Fastness Testing

Peter Goodwin, our Head of Technical, has written a Blog post entitled 'A simple guide to Light fastness testing: helping brands show their true colours'

In this Blog he share his expertise and explores the issues surrounding this essential technology.

To read this extremely informative Blog click here or the link above.

Customer Testimonial

The School of Design at the University of Leeds has a long history of teaching and research in textile technology. When establishing a new state-of-the-art Materials Testing Laboratory recently, we sought the advice of James Heal - with their many years of experience in developing testing instruments for textiles, they were the obvious choice.

Our discussion with the owners at James Heal, led to an investment in a comprehensive range of analytical tools that is now a showcase facility for the School and highlights the importance of characterisation of materials performance in the modern textiles industry. Colour is core area of expertise and research within the School, and one of the key instruments we use to determine colour durability is the TruFade Light Fastness Tester. 

TruFade is an excellent, reliable teaching tool; students can quickly learn to operate the instrument, and its software in particular is easy to understand, guiding the operator to the specified test method. The TruFade system meets ISO and AATCC standards, providing trust in its accuracy of results - a big leap forward for us in understanding the photodegradation, and potential photostabilisation, of coloured materials.

Chris Carr – Chair of Textile Technology and Head of the School of Design - University of Leeds


Support Services

We understand that you are looking for a full package so we offer complete support for the full life of your TruFade:

  • Installation
  • Training
  • Breakdown Support
  • Applications Support
  • Spare Parts
  • Service & Calibration

Find out more about our full support services.

TruFade Test Materials

To get the very best from TruFade, we recommend using genuine James Heal test materials, accessories and spares.

We offer a comprehensive range including:

  • Xenon Lamps (Xenon Arc Lamps)
  • Heat Absorbing Filters (KG-1)
  • Specimen Masks
  • Water Purification System
  • ISO and AATCC Blue Wool Standards
  • ISO Humidity Test Control Fabric
  • ISO and AATCC Grey Scales for Colour Change
  • OBA-Free Specimen Cards

Find out more about our Test Materials.


TruFade Flyer

Our TruFade flyer contains further information about this colour fastness testing instrument, including user benefits and instrument size.


Corporate Brochure

Our corporate brochure contains details of our key instruments and other services.


James Heal Brochure.pdf