Sorry to leave you hanging on this, for some reason my notifications on this thread got turned off.
I just did a test of this in ACF 4 and it worked as expected. I used your choices in a select field. I named the select field
grey : Grey black : Black light_green : Light Green dark_green : Dark Green light_brown : Light Brown dark_brown : Dark Brown
I then created a page that used the select field and selected
I then added this to my page template
When I viewed the page
light_green as I expected.
If you are still having problems with this, please disable all plugins and switch to the default WP theme and try again. It should be working as I described and if it isn’t then you more than likely have a conflict of some kind.
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