17th October 2019

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Why do darker colors absorb more heat than lighter colors?

A black object absorbs all wavelengths of light and reflects none and that's why it appears black. Consequently, black absorbs the most heat. Objects that are white, on the other hand, reflect all wavelengths of light and that's why they appear white to us, therefore absorb the least heat.

In this manner, why do darker Colours absorb heat?

The more light the object absorbs, the more heat absorbed since light is energy. If you consider it a color, black absorbs the most heat. A black object absorbs all wavelengths of light and reflects none. Objects that are white, on the other hand, reflect all wavelengths of light and therefore absorb the least heat.

What material can absorb the most heat?

Many solar installations harvest energy by converting sunlight to heat; metal components efficiently absorb and transfer heat while withstanding high temperatures. For solar applications that use mirrors, thin coatings of silver, aluminum and other metals serve as good reflectors of light.
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