Recommendations for surface colours for visual signalling, 2nd ed.

CIE 039.2-1983
Division 4
978 92 9034 039 3

These recommendations provide a system of surface colours for the purpose of visual signalling. The colours are defined in terms of chromaticity limits and limits of luminance factor. These limits were chosen as a compromise between reliable colour recognition, existing practice that has proved to be satisfactory, and limitations imposed by manufacturing technology and uncertainties of colour measurements. The limits are recommended for international adoption. More restricted limits may be selected by national authorities to suit national practices, or by international authorities to suit particular applications. The recommendations apply to all surface colours, produced by reflection, fluorescence, or transillumination, which are intended for visual signalling of any form of transport and for warning signs and colour codes in general.

The publication contains 69 pages, 4 figures and 10 tables.

The following members of TC 1.6 (Subcommittee "Visual Signalling") took part in the preparation of this Technical Report:

  • P. Jainski, Germany (BRD)
  • C.W. Mortimer, Great Britain
  • L.G. Reynolds, Great Britain
  • H. Terstiege, Germany (BRD)
  • P.L. Walraven, The Netherlands