Social media exploded with many people hotly debating the two colors of a certain dress. As a company in the design field, we are fascinated with this discussion as it relates to photoluminescence and how we see glow in the dark colors.
Not All Color Is Alike
Whether discussing with friends if that infamous dress can only be viewed as light blue and brownish gold, or shopping for a navy jacket to perfectly match your favorite navy blue jeans, or viewing the color from glow in the dark lighting, your individual experience is mostly based on a number of variables unique to you.
Newton observed that color is not inherent in the actual object. Instead it is how the surface of the object reflects select colors back to the eye and absorbs other colors. This is technically how we “see “color. Stated simply, color is created by the human eye and brain working together to translate light into color.
Differences in color perception are related to how our brains process the type and amount of light. With a differing amount of rods and cones, everyone sees color and glow in their own way, even if the differences are only subtle.
True color blindness is quite rare. More men than women experience some sort of color impairment. Many people who experience difficulty in distinguishing colors or shades, aren’t actually aware that the colors they perceive are different from what other people see. Sometimes it is only certain colors that are problematic. You may know a friend who is literally clueless when he wears one dark brown sock and one black sock, certain he has a matched set.
Another point that became evident with the dress color controversy is the impact that light contrast plays on color. Although color charts have been established in the paint and apparel industries, viewing color images on back-lit TV screens and computer monitors is just as variable as viewing glow in dark under a dark night sky vs in a large city with bright night lights.
No two monitors are alike. In viewing the dress online, the perception of the two colors is influenced by the fact that monitor contrast settings are always different. Not many people are truly viewing the same image.
The widely circulated photo of three dresses side by side helps demonstrate this. If you look at the background, instead of the dress, you will notice Photoshop was used to alter mainly the contrast setting so that all three images replicate what other people may have experienced. Back lit monitors with different contrast settings will show the colors differently, even to the same person.
If you have ever purposely tilted your laptop screen, you notice color contrast changes dramatically just with that. Then there is the living room TV screen whereby looking at color straight on varies from looking at it from a sharply angled side view.
High contrast explains why viewing glow materials in a completely dark setting will make the glow appear brightest and most visible. Glow materials are always more visible in full darkness without competing lighting. So viewing Lunabrite, or any glow material, in a dark country setting will always be superior to an environment where surrounding ambient night lighting interferes with clear vision.
Yellow Green Glow
Science confirms that human eyes see Green best, and Yellow Green is the most visible of all photoluminescent materials. As darkness falls, our eyes become more sensitive to the wavelengths around 500 nanometers, which is the color Green.
Since objects glowing Yellow Green are most visible to the human eye, Yellow Green glow is frequently used for critical safety applications.
We offer a large range of the brightest glow materials in Yellow Green as well as a full range of other vibrant glow colors and Daytime color combinations. With new advances in technology, Lunabrite has been able to produce a Vivid color range that will have most everyone experiencing wonderfully Bright Colors that Glow.
And yes, we do offer Blue Glow….but not Gold!