Glow Sticks & LED Light Sticks
Premium glow sticks and LED light sticks with a wide selection of size, color and quality options. Glow sticks are an easy to use light source for any occasion, whether you are attending a concert, purchasing glow sticks for your emergency kits or simply looking for interesting lighting ideas for your next big glow party!
Related Glow Stick Sections:
- Mini & Small Glow Sticks (1 Inch to 4 Inch)
- Large Glow Sticks (10 Inch to 15 Inch)
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Premium Brand Glow Sticks:
Our Premium line of 6 Inch 12 Hour Glow Sticks are some of the highest quality, longest duration and brightest glow sticks on the market. Premium brand light sticks come with an attached hook and are individually packaged. Premium glowsticks have a time duration of 12 hours and a shelf life of approximately 5 years.
Standard Brand Glow Sticks:
Our Standard line of 6” Party Glow Sticks offers solid value in an 8 hour stick. In order to offer value pricing we give you a high quality, bright 8 hour glowstick without the individual packaging and duration of the premium brand. Great for customers looking for bulk glow sticks! Plus the Standard sticks can also be custom printed!
ULTRA Bright Glow Sticks:
Our 5 Minute Ultra Bright 6 Inch Glow Sticks have a special mixture to ensure the brightest possible light emission. As the glow effect is so intense, the duration is significantly reduced resulting in a 5 minute time frame. The 5 minute 6 inch sticks are used for signaling, glowsticking and emergency situations.
LED Light Sticks:
LED Light Sticks are re-usable light sticks available in several types and color selections. The LED light wands have battery operated super bright LED Lights and come with replaceable batteries so you can use them again and again. Try our ever popular 7" LED Safety Light Sticks, LED Multi-Color Light Sticks or the LED Party Wand Light Sticks.
Custom Printed and Wholesale Bulk Glow Sticks:
Interested in bulk pricing, or having your company logo or event printed on Glowing or LED Light Sticks? Look no further, Glowproducts.com can help you with large quantity purchases or promotional printed glow sticks. Feel free to call us, toll-free, at 1.877.233.4569 for bulk and promotional pricing.
Glow Stick Frequently Asked Questions:
How do glow sticks work?
The light of a glow in the dark stick is generated by a chemical reaction known as 'chemiluminescence'. Most commonly, a hydrogen peroxide solution (activator) is mixed with a solution of phenyl oxalate ester (oxalate) and a fluorescent dye which helps to determine the color. The `activator` is stored in a small glass capsule separating it from the other glow material in the plastic tube. When bending a glow stick to activate it, you are actually breaking the small glass ampoule to release the 'activator' and start the reaction to create the glow effect. Shaking the stick helps speed up the mixing process.
How long do glowsticks last?
Glowing Sticks come in many different sizes. The size does determine the length of the glow duration. A small miniature glowstick such as a 1.5 inch to 3 inch can glow for 2 to 4 hours. Large glow batons which hold much more glow material can light up much longer: up to 12 hours or more. A regular 6 Inch Lighted Stick will typically glow for 8 to 12 hours. Powder mixture glow sticks that use a powder as one of the activators can last for 24 hours and more.
What is the shelf life of a glow stick?
The shelf life of a Glow Stick is dependent on the environment the products are being stored in. Keeping the light sticks in their original foil packaging and in a dry, room-temperature storage area will help extend the shelf life. General shelf life for Glow Sticks is 3 to 5 years. Size does determine the length of shelf life as well. Smaller sticks typically have a shelf life of 1 to 3 years, larger glow batons (6 inches and longer) can last 5 years if properly stored.
How do you activate a glow in the dark stick?
To activate a lighted stick, you have to mix the glow materials to start the process. By bending the stick, you will crack the internal glass ampoule that houses the 'activator'. Once you hear the inside ampoule break, give the stick a good shake to properly mix the liquids together and get the light reaction going.
Does temperature affect a glowstick? - Yes. Heat will speed up the light emitting reaction causing a glowstick to glow brighter, but for a shorter period of time. The colder the temperature is, the dimmer the glow effect will be, but the duration will be much longer. However, please note that if the temperatures are very cold, below freezing temperatures, the glow stick may freeze and the glow effect will be limited.
Will putting a Glow Stick in the freezer make it last longer? - By placing an activated Glow Stick in the freezer, you will be momentarily 'pausing' the glow reaction. Removing it from the freezer and heating it up by placing it in hot water, you will continue the chemical reaction and cause the Glow Wand to start glowing again. Safety Note: Do not attempt to reheat your stick after freezing by placing it in a microwave. This can cause the lighted stick to melt or explode. Use only hot water to reheat a frozen glowstick.
Are Glow Stick chemicals toxic? - No, the chemicals used in our brand of Glow Sticks are non-toxic. It is still not suggested to remove the liquid as it can cause skin and eye irritation. If you get the liquid in your eyes, it is best to wash out the affected areas with cold water immediately. If you experience continued irritation, consult your doctor.
Can I use glowsticks in the water? - Yes, glowsticks are completely water-proof and are widely used for diving safety and emergency, night time fishing and for swimming and pool use.
What is the difference between premium and standard brands? - Premium Brand Glowsticks offer a higher volume of glow mixture resulting in a longer duration light effect. Premium brand light sticks generally light up for 12 hours and Standard brand light sticks will last for 8 hours.
What are the brightest colors? - The brightest colors are as listed from brightest to least: Green, Yellow, Aqua, Orange, Blue, Pink, White, Red.
Do you provide a discount for bulk ordering? - Yes. On each product page you will see quantity pricing listed, if you are looking for a quantity not displayed, contact us directly, toll-free at 1-877-233-GLOW (4569) about pricing for bulk glow sticks. Glowproducts.com will work with you to provide the best wholesale light stick pricing we can!
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