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Colors are simply our brains’ interpretations of light as it is absorbed, reflected, or refracted by objects and bounced into our peepers. The human eye can differentiate between 30 shades of gray and some can see over 100 million unique colors—which is impressive only if you’re not a mantis shrimp, which can distinguish four times the number of hues.
Put another way: color is freaking neat. If you’re not embracing the magnificence that is the many-hued home, you’re missing out on raw joy. Below, a few colorful items to make your life a bit brighter.
The LumiLux toilet light illuminates your bowl in 16 colors. Features include an infrared motion sensor—which detects your body heat and presence—and a light sensor that reacts to light in the room to sustain battery life. There are five brightness settings for the two lighting modes. Have the lights cycle through all the colors or choose a single color. $15.
Color Theory Chart
This string of lights measures 31 feet long and has 50 multi-color LEDs along the transparent cable. There are eight lighting modes—combo, waves, sequential, slow-glo, flash, slow fade, twinkle, and steady—and a timer function that lets you program up to six hours. It uses DC power. $16.
This solar system Giclée print is on 240 gsm (grams per square meter) cotton rag paper and comes unframed. Read about planets’ many moons and distance from the sun. Educational and attractive! Like me. $28+.
These bulbs connect to your Wi-Fi router through a bridge—check out this starter kit, which comes a bridge and three bulbs—and can be controlled on an Amazon Alexa or through your smartphone. More to the point, the bulbs can change between 50 thousand shades of white and over 16 million colors. You can control up to 50 bulbs—or other Hue devices—per hub. These are energy-efficient and can last over 20 years. $57.
Flame Test Colors
The presence of certain metals causes materials to burn different colors. Magnesium burns bright white. Calcium is a nice orange-red. This print shows the results of a flame test, which are used to identify the presence of a metal ions in a compound. It is printed on an acid-free, 240 gsm luster paper. Frame not included. $12+.
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