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BlackLights are lights that emit UV rays. There are different types of UV rays. Some are harmful, some are not, and some are necessary for our existence.

    Longwave - UVA (315 to 400 nm), also known as black light, which causes tanning
    Mediumwave - UVB (280 to 315 nm), which causes damage in the form of sunburn
    Shortwave - UVC (100 to 280 nm), which is filtered out by the atmosphere and never reaches us.

Glow in the Dark Products gets charged faster with black lights as compared to normal room lights. UV Light Reactive products, Must have a Blacklight in order to work. 

Good to read what Confusious on Wikipedia says about the topic first, before Watching this video on YouTube.

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With improvements made in the Glow in the Dark manufacturing process, we are seeing Glow products which can glow brighter and for longer periods. Typical glowing time is now between 3 to 10 hours. This makes it practical for use as signages especially in areas often hit with power failures.

Glow in the dark technology is best used as an Emergency Lighting system which requires no maintenance or external power source. The only thing needed in order for Glow in the dark products to work well is a good source of surrounding light. It charges when there is surrounding light (even room light) and glows when the surrounding light goes off (whether switched off or due to a power failure).

Benefits of using Glow Products vs Powered Emergency Lighting are:
  • No Maintenance
  • No Wiring or any external power required
  • Guaranteed to work in a power failure

Some regulators require Lighted signages in critical places. When placed in areas leading to the main Exit, Glow in the dark Signages can still be used to guide people safely. Best to install Glow signages in areas where there is always a good source of light. This is to ensure it stays fully charged until a power failure occurs.




List of Ready-Made Glow in the Signages.
If you need them Made to your specifications, Contact Us.

 

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Glow in the dark staircase nosing is an Energy saving Emergency Lighting solution for stairwells. Easy to install. Requires no wiring or any power source. Works by absorbing surrounding light. When the lights go out suddenly as in the case of a power failure, it will glow in the dark automatically.

Emergency lightings may fail in an emergency if not properly maintained. Glow in the dark products, require NO Maintenance!. Guaranteed to work in the Dark.Glows for Hours! Lasts for Years! Maintenance free! Worry free!

 

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General Discussion / Glowing plants
« on: January 13, 2018, 05:33:00 AM »
MIT engineers have been able to induce plants to give off a dim light for nearly four hours. And they believe that, with further optimization, such plants will one day be bright enough to illuminate an entire workspace.

Watch on Glowing Plants Youtube

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General Discussion / Water based vs Oil based Glow in the Dark Paint
« on: October 21, 2017, 06:23:16 AM »
Water Based Paints

  • Suitable for application on concrete, wood, clothing and even skin
  • NOT Suitable for application on metals or anything metalic in nature
  • Diluted with water.
  • Can be washed off with water
  • Not weather proof

Oil (Solvent) Based Paints

  • Suitable for application on anything metalic, concrete, wood, ceramic tiles
  • NOT Suitable for application on leather, plastic. Always test before using.
  • Diluted with thinner. Washed off with thinner
  • Water resistant. Can be used in tanks and pools
  • Weather proof

Glow in the Dark Paint is available in a range of colours, but only the Ultra Green and Ultra Blue are available in both water and oil based paints. Rest of the colours can only be mixed with oil based paints.

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A test stretch of the Rail Corridor, which includes a section that glows in the dark, has been completed.

The 400m-long "track", behind Bukit Panjang MRT station off Choa Chu Kang Road, has been open to the public since July 12, Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao reported yesterday.

Four different surface materials each take up a 100m stretch: grass and gravel, fine gravel, earth-coloured porous concrete, and natural non-toxic light green strontium aluminate minerals, which absorb ultraviolet light during the day and cause the track to emit a soft glow at night. More info at http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/glow-in-the-dark-section-of-rail-corridor-now-open

Product used for this is Glow in the Dark Gravel, a product which is suitable for road making or lining pathways as in this case.




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What is the difference between Glow in the Dark Paint and Ink?

The main difference is in the application these products are meant for.

Glow in the Dark Paint can be divided into 2 types of paint.
1) Glow in the dark paint for Brush or Roller Painting
2) Glow in the Dark paint for Spray Painting


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General Discussion / How long does the Glow Last?
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:01:47 AM »
We have been asked this question countless times and it is a rather tricky question as we are not sure whether you are referring to the length of glow (Glow Time) or the lifespan of the product.

So I will answer the question in two parts.

1) Lifespan

Glow products can last for many years. We have paintings in our shop that are still glowing for the past 20 years with no signs of fading. We also have some paintings done outdoors which faded away in a few months. So I guess the environment plays a huge part.

The Glow effect can last for years. The secret to making it last as long as possible on the application method and what is used to protect the painting or glow surface. For example, adding a clear coat of UV protection for outdoor paintings, could add a few years to the lifespan of the glow painting.


2) Glow Time

Glow Powder is the raw material used to manufacture every other glow in the dark product. Glow time for each product, depends on the amount of raw material (Glow Powder), used in the manufacturing process.

Glow Time depends mainly on the grade and particle (mesh) size of Glow Powder. The higher the grade and the larger particle size of each grade, will glow more brighter and for a longer period.

2) I left the Glow product outdoors the whole day. Why the product does not Glow in the Dark for the time stated  ???

For this we have to look at how Glow in the Dark works. It works by absorbing surrounding light and releasing the absorbed light. Glow in the Dark products need about 30 minutes maximum to get fully charged from surrounding lights. It then takes hours! to discharge the absorbed light. Actual number of hours taken to discharge depends on the product grade.

But what we fail to notice is that the process of charging and discharging is continuous. What this means is that while the Glow product is exposed to light and in a charging state, it is also discharging once it is fully charged and starts re-charging again. Leaving it outdoors under the sunlight just repeats the charging and re-charging process as there is a limit to the maximum level it can be charged. This is the same as charging rechargeable batteries and not using them for a few weeks.

So in conclusion, Glow in the Dark products are best used as an Emergency Lighting Source in the event of a Sudden! Power Failure (Blackout). With the Glow time varying, pay special attention to the word Sudden!! Power failure.

Visit our Glow in the Dark Products Store to prepare for sudden Darkness.

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This offer is open to anyone, who has made something which incorporates either Glow in the Dark or UV Reactive products.

If you are keen on displaying your products on the front page of this forum, in the "Glow / UV Product Showcase" Section, send the photos of your product to us. You need to take two photos. One under normal light and the other under UV or glowing in the dark. You also have the option of having a clickable link, directly to the product page.

This service is Free!! for our customers. There will be a monthly charge for non-customers.

PM me if interested.


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Glow in the Dark for Safety / Glow in the Dark Aluminum Staircase Nozing
« on: September 02, 2017, 10:35:27 PM »
Glow in the Dark Staircase Nozing is made from Aluminum plates. It can be fixed on existing staircase steps by rivet, screw or heavy duty glue. Once fixed, it acts as an emergency light for the steps. No more tripping over the steps in the dark.

This product can be used indoors and out. No wiring or any power source needed. It just needs to be exposed to light in order to work. It absorbs surrounding light and stores it. In the event of a power failure, these strips release the stored light in the form of a glow. No maintenance needed. Lasts for years.

You can order this from our Glow Store.

 

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Ultra Violet (UV) Black Lights / Different types of UV Lights
« on: September 02, 2017, 06:07:24 AM »
Mention UV lights and our senses are on alert. Is it radioactive!! :o
Our Sun is known to radiate UV light in all known wave lengths.

UV Lights are divided by their wavelength and are as follows:
  • Longwave - UVA (315 to 400 nm), also known as black light, which causes tanning
  • Mediumwave - UVB (280 to 315 nm), which causes damage in the form of sunburn
  • Shortwave - UVC (100 to 280 nm), which is filtered out by the atmosphere and never reaches us.


As can be seen from the list, Shortwave UV Rays known as UVC are the most dangerous while those operating under the Longwave (UVA) are safe. 

Our UV Light reactive products work on the longwave frequencies and only react to the UV Black Lights 8) which radiate such wavelengths.


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Glow in the Dark for Safety / Glow in the Dark Reflective Tape
« on: September 01, 2017, 10:26:47 PM »
Glow in the Dark Reflective Tape, not only glows in the dark, but also reflects, when light is shone on it. Visible in total darkness because it glows. Also visible in a lighted environment because it reflects surrounding light.

Glow Reflective Tape can be sewn on jackets, safety vests and even cloth material. It can also be pasted on most other surfaces. You would need to apply glue for this purpose.

More Details on Glow in the Dark Reflective Tape

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We carry both Glow in the Dark and UV light Reactive Products. There is a huge difference between these products in terms of functionality and usage.

What is UV Light Sensitive / Reactive Products?

Ultra Violet (UV) Light Reactive products only work with UV Black Lights. Switch off the UV light source and they stop working.

What are the practical applications?
 
Security - Can be used for identification
Artistic - One painting under normal light. A different painting under UV light.
Entertainment - A fun party under UV lights

What are Glow in the Dark! Products?

Glow in the Dark products absorb surrounding light and store them just like photosynthesis. I am not a mad scientist but that is how it works.

What are the practical applications?

Safety - The most reliable Emergency Lighting. Requires no power supply of any sort. Only requires light to charge. Works without fail! when darkness falls suddenly like in an eclipse or power failure at night.

Artistic - One painting under normal light. A different painting in total darkness.

Entertainment - A fun party in total darkness.

Finally nothing beats a video demonstration


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Glow in the Dark or UV? / MOVED: Shoes
« on: August 31, 2017, 08:13:26 AM »

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