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The percentage of light reflected by a given surface. The highest brightness value, 100%, is a brilliant white and 0% is black. Brightness measurements are used primarily for paper to indicate their reflectance (or perceived whiteness). Brightness is one attribute in the HSB (Hue, Saturation, Brightness) color model.

Synonyms and Related Terms

lightness; HSB; HSL (where lightness = brightness)

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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