Electric blue (color)

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Electric blueHow to read this color infobox
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About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #7DF9FF
sRGBB  (rgb) (125, 249, 255)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (51, 2, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (183°, 51%, 100%)
Source [Unsourced]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Electric blue is a color close to cyan that is a representation of the color of lightning, an electric spark, and argon signs; it is named after the ionized air glow produced during electrical discharges.

The first recorded use of electric blue as a color name in English was in 1884.[1] The color electric blue (the version shown below as medium electric blue) was in vogue in the 1890s.[2]

Variations of electric blue[edit]

Deep electric blue (French electric blue)[edit]

Electric Blue (Pourpre.com)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #2C75FF
sRGBB  (rgb) (44, 117, 255)
HSV       (h, s, v) (220°, 100%, 59%)
Source Pourpre.com
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The deep tone of electric blue displayed at right is the color called electric blue in the Pourpre.com color list, a color list widely popular in France.

Medium electric blue[edit]

Electric Blue (M&P)How to read this color infobox
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Hex triplet #035096
sRGBB  (rgb) (3, 80, 150)
HSV       (h, s, v) (180°, 30%, 60%)
Source Maerz and Paul ][3]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color displayed at right titled medium electric blue matches the color of the color sample (taken from a textile sample)[4][5] of the original called electric blue that "had an immense vogue in the latter 19th century".[6]

Still today, this tone of electric blue is a typical contemporary "electric blue" fabric color that is used in manufacturing for the mass market.

Dark electric blue[edit]

Electric Blue (ISCC-NBS)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #536878
sRGBB  (rgb) (83, 104, 120)
HSV       (h, s, v) (206°, 31%, 47%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Dark electric blue is a dark cyan color that is the color called electric blue in the ISCC-NBS color list.

Source of the color dark electric blue: ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)--Color Sample of electric blue (color sample #186):

In nature[edit]

Crustaceans

Reptiles

In culture[edit]

Astrology

Computing

  • The color electric blue is used in the logo and site of Arch Linux, a popular Linux distribution.[8]

Music

Panelology

  • In a 1998 retelling of the original 1963 story of Superman Red/Superman Blue, Superman is temporarily deprived of the solar energy needed to provide the energy his body required to give him powers and Superman develops electricity-based abilities,[9] which eventually forces him to adopt a blue and white containment suit to prevent the energy from dispersing. While retaining most of his abilities, he could now also generate electric attacks rather than his original heat-vision. This version of Superman was referred to by some comic book fans as "Electric Blue Superman".[10]

Physics

  • The electric blue glow of electricity results from the spectral emission of the excited ionized atoms (or excited molecules) of air (mostly oxygen and nitrogen) falling back to unexcited states, which happens to produce an abundance of electric blue light. This is the reason electrical sparks in air, including lightning, appear electric blue. It is a coincidence that the color of Cherenkov radiation and light emitted by ionized air are a very similar blue despite their very different methods of production.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill, p.194; Color Sample of Electric Blue [fabric 1890s]: Page 97 Plate 37 Color Sample I7
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Discussion of color Electric Blue Page 156
  3. ^ The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called electric blue in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color electric blue is displayed on page 97, Plate 37, Color Sample I7.
  4. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill, Color Sample of Electric Blue [fabric 1890s]: Page 97 Plate 37 Color Sample I7
  5. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill, p.194 Name of the color "electric blue" in the index is marked with a "T", which means it is from a textile sample
  6. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill, p.156 Discussion of the color Electric Blue
  7. ^ Parker, Derek and Julia Aquarius (Part of the Planetary Zodiac Library) New York:1972 A Mitchell Beazley/Ballantine Book Page 14
  8. ^ Arch Linux:
  9. ^ Superman (vol. 2) #122 (April 1997)
  10. ^ "Electric Blue Superman???". Forums.comicbookresources.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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