Lightfast Inks

Product Features

  • Inks guaranteed to last 6-12 months in direct sunlight
  • Suitable for products that are stored or sold externally

If you have products that are stored or sold outside, you may have had problems with the labels fading in the sunlight. If this is the case you need to use labels that have been printed with lightfast inks The QA-I toner has been formulated to take toner lightfastness to an entirely new level. Lightfastness is a measure of how well a printed image resists discoloration or fading as a result of exposure to sunlight over time. Some printed images, such as those located in an office environment where the image is affected mostly by artificial light, have lower lightfastness requirements than images that will be continuously exposed to sunlight. Lightfastness is measured using the Blue Wool scale with ratings ranging from 1 (very low) to 8 (ultimate). A rating of 8 means that the color will begin to fade in 6 to 15 months, while a rating of 1 means that fading will occur between 3 hours to 3 days. Out of Xeikon’s QA-I standard process colors, Black (K) achieved the highest lightfastness rating of 8, Cyan © achieved a rating of 7-8, while Magenta (M) and Yellow (Y) achieved a rating of 6-7. This is the best combination of lightfastness ratings among all the different digital printing technologies currently available on the market for label production. The most impactful product labels are those that will stand out on the shelf and capture a consumer’s attention. The Xeikon QA-I toner achieves this objective by providing excellent color consistency to label converters and ensuring that the printed colors maintain their vitality over time. Please contact us for free samples.