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Okay I saw all these people saying that new studies show black is better to wear in the heat. They say it's cause "black clothes absorb the heat emitted by the body while white clothes reflect it back to the body".

Here's what I don't get: These people are talking about heat and light as if they're both the same thing. Light and heat are two different things. To my knowledge color doesn't absorb/reflect heat, it absorbs/reflects light. A black color absorbs all the light it gets and then transforms it into heat. A white color reflects all the light so it doesn't produce any heat.

So if they're saying black clothes "absorb heat emitted by the body" are they saying that a human body emits light like the sun and then that light is absorbed by the inner part of our black shirts and transformed into heat? Or what?

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The term "light" is a little ambiguous, because for some it means visible light, and for others it means any form of electromagnetic radiation. But I agree with you, that black and white should be more about visible light than infrared radiation. If we are right, then it's better to wear white, because white will reflect the incident visible sunlight, while not doing anything different with the infrared radiation from our bodies. I suspect the conventional wisdom may have got this one right, and the "correction" to it might be in err. Perhaps it needs to be an episode on "Mythbusters."

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