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Electric blue (color)

Electric blue
    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 []
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

Deep electric blue (French electric blue)

Electric Blue (
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #2C75FF
sRGBB  (rgb) (44, 117, 255)
HSV       (h, s, v) (220°, 100%, 59%)
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

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

Medium electric blue

Electric Blue (M&P)
    Color coordinates
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

Electric Blue (ISCC-NBS)
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #536878
sRGBB  (rgb) (83, 104, 120)
HSV       (h, s, v) (206°, 31%, 47%)
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



In culture



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



  • Electric Blue is a 1987 song released by the Australian band Icehouse, co-written with John Oates.
  • Electric/Blue is a 1997 jazz fusion album by Joe Deninzon.
  • Electric Blue is the debut solo album by Erasure frontman Andy Bell, released October 3, 2005.
  • The Electric Blue 14 are a rock band based in London, England. MySpace site of The Electric Blue 14:
  • Strange Brew is a song by the band Cream from the 1967 album Disraeli Gears which features the lyric "She's a witch of trouble in electric blue".
  • Sound and Vision is a 1977 song released by David Bowie which features the lyric "Blue, blue, electric blue. That's the colour of my room".
  • "The Art of Storytelling, pt.2" is a 1998 ballad released by OutKast. An account of the biblical Apocalypse, the song contains the lyric "Look out the window! Golly, the sky is electric blue".
  • Cosmic Charlie is a song by the Grateful Dead, performed live between 1968 and 1976. It contains the lyric "Rosy red and electric blue, I bought you a paddle for your paper canoe", which is typical of the surrealistic theme of the remaining lyrics.


  • 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]


  • 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


  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???". Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

External links

  • YouTube video "Electric Blue" by Wildwood:
  • An Electric Blue design rendering for psychedelic wallpaper which can be found at
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