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What Are Some Of The Differences Between Glow-In-The-Dark and UV Black Light Pigments

By Customer Support July 4, 2018 595 Views No comments

There’s a common misunderstanding regarding the difference between what makes a product glow-in-the-dark versus UV reactive. The term “glow-in-the-dark” is used so frequently because we assume that if it’s seen in the dark, then it must be Glow in the Dark. UV pigments and products are very unique and follow their own set of rules. Let’s take a look at what sets these two types of products apart so you can be prepared for planning a party or memorable activity or crafting project with the use of either:

UV reactive products such as UV body paints, lipsticks, novelty items and décor, react to Ultra Violet light ( Black Light) making the reflective light emitting from these pigments to become brighter or fluoresce as it is known. A UV paint may suddenly become visible or brighter under a black light in a darkened environment. Many clubs, raves, indoor mini golf businesses, amusement parks and especially haunted houses use the combination of UV sensitive paints, products and black lights to produce a naturally fluorescent appearance that can’t be seen in darkness alone.

UV Black Light Products

UV Neon Jelly Fish

Glow-In-The-Dark products are true to its name. They glow in the DARK. They are unique in that they are actually crystals that absorb light (UV rays, Sunlight, Black Light even incandescent light} and then store that energy within. However what you need to know is that this is not a battery it’s a crystal and this Glow in the Dark crystal emits its energy at the same time as charging This glow is classed as an ambient light source, you may not see the item glowing in the daytime, but once the item has been placed in a darkened environment, the product will produce an afterglow effect.

Glow in the Dark Paint ( Mouse over image)

Glow in the Dark

In A Nutshell:

-UV black light products require the use of a black light in order to fluoresce in the dark, whilst glow-in-the-dark products don’t require a continual light source in the dark.

-UV colors can be mixed together to create new daylight shades, however you have to also test the color under UV Black Light as colors mix differently.

-Glow-in-the-dark pigments can be mixed together but this will not change the glow colors, ie Red and White Glow in the Dark crystals will not make pink.

-UV products are cheaper to purchase than glow-in-the-dark products.

-Both UV and Glow in the Dark pigments maintain a consistent glow under black light, but when the light is turned off you will only see the Glow in the Dark pigment.

-UV pigments come in over 15 individual colors, Glow in the Dark currently only comes in 8