Wavelength of Blue and Red Light

Credit: UCAR (Randy Russell)

This diagram shows the relative wavelengths of blue light and red light waves. Blue light has shorter waves, with wavelengths between about 450 and 495 nanometers. Red light has longer waves, with wavelengths around 620 to 750 nm. Blue light has a higher frequency and carries more energy than red light. The wavelengths of light waves are very, very short, just a few 1/100,000ths of an inch.