According to the ADAAG, the color and contrast of detectable warning materials must adhere to the following rule:  705.1.3 Contrast: Detectable Warning Surfaces shall contrast visually with adjacent walking surfaces either light-on-dark, or dark-on-light.

This tool helps in establishing light-on-dark or dark-on-light contrast differences, allowing the selection of a detectable ADA Tile color and a surrounding concrete color while displaying a percentage of contrast based on the LRV scale. This percentage of contrast can assist the governing body in developing the level of contrast that best meets the needs of the community.

What is LRV? Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a universal value for ‘contrast’. It measures the proportion of useful light reflected by a colored object. It represents a relative light and darkness value rather than an actual color, meaning dissimilar colors could have the same LRV. LRV is measured on a scale of 0 to 100, 0 being an all absorbing black and 100 being an all reflecting white.

Natural Colors

Federal Colors

ADA Tile Color

Federal Yellow

Concrete Color



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