How to Make Things Glow In The Dark Without A Blacklight

October 12, 2022
How To

One question we commonly ask is how to make things glow in the dark without using a blacklight. While blacklights are the best option for making things glow, they are not always within reach. This article will show you how to make things glow in the dark without a blacklight.

How To Make Things Glow In The Dark Without A Blacklight

The best way to make something glow in the dark without a blacklight is to use phosphorescent paint (or powder) instead of fluorescent paint (AKA blacklight paint). The main difference between the two is that phosphorescent paint can glow without a blacklight, while fluorescent paint can only glow under a blacklight.

For more information about the differences between phosphorescent and fluorescent paint, check out our article here.

You can find phosphorescent paint at most art supply stores or online. We recommend using neon green, blue, or pink for the best results!

To use phosphorescent paint, apply it to the desired surface using a brush or sponge. Once the paint is dry, expose it to an external light source (like a lamp) for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then turn off the lights and watch your creation glow!

Does glow in the dark paint work without a blacklight?

Yes. All you need is to use phosphorescent paint! Phosphorescent paint is a type of paint that contains phosphors, which are materials that absorb and store energy from an external light source. Once the paint is exposed to light, it will glow in the dark without a blacklight!

Glow in the dark body paint without UV light - is it possible?

Yes, as mentioned, it is possible to use phosphorescent paint, which does not require UV light (blacklight). However, phosphorescent paint is not suggested for body painting since it must be charged ahead of time and does not endure long enough for a full moon party/glow in the dark event (where body paint is typically used).

3 alternatives to charging glow in the dark without a blacklight

If you want to make things glow in the dark without using a blacklight, there are a few things you can do to charge your object:

  1. Place the item in direct sunlight for a few hours - This is the easiest and best way to charge your object without using a blacklight. The sun is a natural source of ultraviolet light, which will help to charge the phosphors in your paint so that they can glow brightly in the dark.
  2. Use a light bulb -  If you don't have access to sunlight, another option is to place your object close to a light bulb. For the best results, physically place the object close to the light source.
  3. A basic flashlight will suffice if you don't have any of the above. However, remember that this isn't an ideal charge method because the lightbulb in the flashlight will eventually die, leaving your object in the dark.

With these tips, you should be able to make anything glow without using a blacklight!

Why using a blacklight is better?

While phosphorescent paint can glow in the dark without a blacklight, it will not be as bright as if you were to use a blacklight. This is because blacklights emit ultraviolet light, the best type of light for activating phosphors. So if you want your object to glow brightly and for a long time in the dark, we recommend using a blacklight.

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