Epson’s Latest Lightfastness Ratings

Epson has released new lightfastness ratings from testing done for them by the Wilhelm Instutute.
Below are the latest figures from Epson on expected display life of
their inks and papers. All the new R series printers with the HQ inks
sit in the second column.

 Media

6 color Photo 825, 925, 960, 1280

 6 color HQ inks – R and RX series

DURABrite Ink  PictureMate Ink   UltraChrome Ink

UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Inks 
 Premium Photo Papers

       

 Premium Glossy Photo Paper

    23 years       85 years  104 years
 Premium Luster Photo Paper – Cut Sheet

   22 years

     71 years

 64 years

 Premium Semigloss Photo Paper

  22 years       77 years

 In progress

 Matte Papers

           
 Double-Sided Matte Paper

 15 years

         
 Enhanced Matte Paper

   71 years

   76 years

 110 years

 Matte Paper heavyweight

 18 years

  30 years  105 years

     Over 150 years

 Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper

   8 years

       In progress

 PremierArt Matte Scrapbook Photo Paper for Epson

     94 years

   108 years

 In progress

 Premium Bright White Paper

  5 years

 74 years

     In progress

 Fine Art Papers

           
 Ultrasmooth Fine Art Paper

         108 years

 
Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper           61 years

 
 Watercolor Paper Radiant White

         92 years

 
 PremierArt Water-Resistant Canvas for Epson

         75 years

 
 Glossy Papers

           
ColorLife Photo Paper

 27 years

 36 years

       
DURABrite Ink Glossy Photo Paper

    55 years       
 PictureMate Photo Paper

       104 years

   
 Semigloss Scrapbook Photo Paper

 27 years

 36 years

       

Epson use the Wilhelm Institute for their testing. See the Wilhelm Institute website here. You can also read an interview I did with Henry Wilhelm here.

Interesting from the above is that the Epson dye inks are no better
than, and in some cases worse than, Canon’s latest dye printers using
ChromaLife 100 inks, with 30 year display lightfastness.

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