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Light blue

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Light blue
About these coordinates     Colour coordinates
Hex triplet#ADD8E6
sRGBB (r, g, b)(173, 216, 230)
HSV (h, s, v)(195°, 25%, 90%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(84, 28, 216°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorVery light greenish blue
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Light blue is a color or range of colors, typically a lightened shade with a hue between cyan and blue.

The first use of "light blue" as a color term in English is in the year 1915.[2]

In Russian and some other languages, there is no single word for blue, but rather different words for light blue (голубой, goluboy) and dark blue (синий, siniy). The Ancient Greek word for a light blue, glaukos, also could mean light green, gray, or yellow.[3]

In Modern Hebrew, light blue, tchelet (תכלת) is differentiated from blue, kachol (כחול).[4] In Modern Greek, light blue, galazio (γαλάζιο) is also differentiated from blue, ble (μπλε).[5]

During the 2000s, this color saw a surge of popularity due to a few American sports teams adopting the color for their uniforms. Famous examples include the Memphis Grizzlies,[6] Denver Gold,[7] Oklahoma City Thunder,[8] and the Atlanta Thrashers.[9]


Light blue (Literal interpretation)[edit]

Light blue (Literal interpretation)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#8080ff
sRGBB (r, g, b)(128, 128, 255)
HSV (h, s, v)(240°, 50%, 100%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(59, 105, 266°)
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

This shade is a literal light blue, or in other words, a simple combination of blue and white. It has the same hue as blue (240°) with less saturation in HSV or more lightness in HSL. The specific hex color #80ffff is also commonly used in 3D computer graphics as the base color for Normal mapping, in which it typically represents the smooth areas of the surface.

Light blue (Crayola)[edit]

Light blue (Crayola)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#8FD8D8
sRGBB (r, g, b)(143, 216, 216)
HSV (h, s, v)(180°, 34%, 85%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(82, 35, 192°)
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at the right is the color that is called "light blue" in Crayola crayons. It was only available in 1958. Contrary to its title, it is technically a shade of cyan due to its hue of 180°.

Light blue (RYB)[edit]

Light blue (RYB)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#95B0CC
sRGBB (r, g, b)(149, 176, 204)
HSV (h, s, v)(211°, 27%, 80%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(71, 30, 240°)
SourceRYB color system
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at the right is the color that is called "light blue" in the RYB color model. It is a mixture of blue and white.[11]

Light blue in human culture[edit]


  • In historical atlases published in Germany, light blue is traditionally used as a color to represent Germany, as opposed to pink for England, purple for France, and light green for Russia.[12]

Heraldry and flags


Interior design

  • The color light blue is commonly regarded as calming and relaxing. Because of this, it is sometimes used to paint hospital rooms.
  • Since the color light blue reminds many people of water, light blue is a popular color for painting bathrooms or for porcelain bathroom fixtures.

School colors


  • In Hinduism, Shiva, the Destroyer, is depicted in light blue tones and is called neela kantha, or blue-throated, for having swallowed poison in an attempt to turn the tide of a battle between the gods and demons in the gods' favor.
  • In Christianity, light blue represents the sin of sloth[citation needed].


  • In Russian, pink (розовый, rozovyj) is used to refer to lesbians, and light blue (голубой, goluboy) refers to gay men.[13]



  1. ^ "#add8e6 Color Information". ColorHexa.com.
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul. A Dictionary of Color. New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill. Page 190.
  3. ^ Michel Pastoureau, Bleu: Histoire d'une couleur, pg. 24
  4. ^ S. Kugelmass and E. Donchin, "THE AFFECTIVE VALUE OF COLORS", Megamot, No. 3 (טבת תש"ך / ינואר 1960), pp. 271–281.
  5. ^ Vivian Cook, "Seeing Colours".
  6. ^ "Grizzlies Unveil New Team Logo and Colors". www.nba.com. May 24, 2004. Retrieved 2023-03-26.
  7. ^ Popper, Steve (2004-03-11). "PRO BASKETBALL; Nets Relieved to Have Kidd but Don't Rely on Him". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-03-26.
  8. ^ "Taking NBA by storm: OK City name is Thunder". ESPN.com. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2023-03-26.
  9. ^ Emerson, Anthony. "Atlanta Thrashers: The Jerseys the NHL Would've Been Better off Without". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2023-03-26.
  10. ^ "#8080ff Color Information". ColorHexa.com.
  11. ^ "What Color Do Blue and White Make When Mixed". Color Meanings. Retrieved February 23, 2024.
  12. ^ See the Grosshistoricher Weltatlas, 1965 edition (other German historical atlases use these same colors).
  13. ^ Johnson, Ramon. "Gay in Russia". Gaylife. Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  14. ^ Michel Pastoureau, Blue: Histoire d'une couleur, pg. 51–52.