Alternating light

a beacon showing different colors in succession.
Historical Examples

The alternating light of the candle flashed upon the body of the old woman, and he remembered all.
Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat

Pour into well-greased pan, alternating light and dark mixtures to give it the “marbled” appearance.
Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners Elizabeth O. Hiller

Thus constantly is alternating light and gloom in a way that nearly drives me mad.
The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe


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