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The Difference between ASTM G154 and G155 and Which is Right for You

When it comes to UV exposure testing, many tests, standards and methods exist, and Micom is happy to offer numerous different UV tests that, alone and combined, help our customers better understand their products.

Two of our most popular UV exposure tests are ASTM G154 and ASTM G155, both of which measure accelerated weathering. And while these two tests are similar, there are a few key differences in their application and purpose that can help make either a more appropriate choice for your needs.

ASTM G154 Test Graphic

Infographic showing typical test parameters for ASTM G154.

The most obvious difference between the two is that ASTM G154 testing uses fluorescent light sources to simulate UVA and UVB while ASTM G155 testing uses xenon arc UV light sources to simulate exposure to natural sunlight. Both of these light sources are able to accurately predict, on an accelerated basis, the effect sunlight will have on a product. And while both of these practices can be used to simulate indoor and outdoor sun exposure, xenon arc light is more similar to natural sunlight and, for this reason, is often a good choice for testing outdoor products. With this in mind, ASTM G154, making use of a fluorescent light apparatus, often becomes the preferred choice for indoor UV testing, such as exposure to sunlight through a window.

ASTM G154 is one of several practices used to do QUV testing, which is used to simulate UV exposure for surface finishes, coatings and polymers. Because it uses fluorescent light sources, ASTM G154/QUV testing isn’t often used to assess colour changes as a function of time. If this is your intended purpose, you may consider our ASTM G155 testing with its xenon arc exposure.

Both of these UV exposure test methods offer great results and will, via accelerated weathering, give you a good indication of how well your product will perform under natural sunlight exposure.

If you have any specific questions relating to the ASTM G154 test and/or ASTM G155 test, or would like to know which may be best for your unique needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

This decision tree will help you quickly remember which UV Test you will need:


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Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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