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 Kul by Color

You can cool yourself in the summer by changing your shirt. Yes, a shirt you already own. Just changing your shirt can cool you by over 40 degrees. How is that possible? It is possible because color matters…

Remember your 6th grade science teacher said that black absorbs heat and white reflects it? Could it be true? Black is slimming, but how hot can it be? About 41 degrees! That can’t be true, right? Well, let’s put some different colored shirts in the sun to see what happens. The thermal camera sees all.

On a 95 degree day, we placed eight different colored shirts in the sun and took the attached thermal camera picture. They were red, blue, navy, light blue, gray, white, neon yellow, and neon orange. All were made out of the same type of material. Within five minutes, there was a 41 degree difference. Would you rather have a jersey that is 117 degrees or one that is 158 degrees?

What color is the coolest? What color is the hottest? White and neon yellow tie for the coolest colors. Neon orange is a close second. All the other colors are just hot, with navy winning the hottest color at 158 degrees.

So, maybe your 6th grade science teacher had a point. Dark colors are hotter in the sun than white. I don’t know about you, but if you happen to see me in the sun on a summer day, I will be wearing white, white, and white. The only exception is black bicycle shorts, because white lycra is just wrong.

If you want to cool off even more, the Kul Lite cooling vest lowers the temperature another 15 degrees. Learn more at www.KulLite.com.

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