We are often asked which glow in the dark color offers the brightest illumination. Glow color selection is typically a crucial decision for matching to existing product branding, coordinating for dramatic accent reveal, or setting the proper mood. However for certain applications, glow brightness may be the leading factor over color. For example, in the safety market brightness and visibility generally take precedence over decorative appearance. When safety is an essential feature, glow output and duration are usually the more influential characteristics. In those situations where visibility is important, here are some tips on choosing the glow colors that create the brightest possible illumination.
Go for the Green
Put simply, yellow-green is the glow color most readily seen by the human eye and is therefore considered the most visible for glow in the dark materials. Lunabrite’s highest rated color in this category is LimeLight Green. Using premium natural minerals, this glow is powerful enough for use in critical safety applications such as Exit signage, way finding and firefighting gear.
Looking for an alternative color to yellow-green that delivers a clean and strong glow? The next brightest photoluminescent colors include shades of blue-green. Lunabrite’s core products are offered in bright Spring Green, and Turquoise is newly available in our LunaGel line.
If you need a deeper color of glow, Lunabrite Arctic Blue offers excellent brightness and glow longevity. It’s a very popular choice for designers of consumer products, activewear and home goods. However, if the primary requirement is glow brightness, we recommend staying with the LimeLight shade of yellow-green, or the blue-green glow color Spring Green.
Does adding a custom daytime color impact the intensity of nightglow performance? Yes, generally the addition of a daytime color will come with some sacrifice of the nightglow performance. However many formulas can be modified and depending upon the design, there may be no meaningful impact on the ultimate brightness of the product. Yet for a distinctive appearance, a diffused and interesting color effect might enhance originality and be more desirable.
As a general rule of thumb, the brightest glow output is achieved without the addition of a daytime color.
A Closer Look
As with all glow materials, the brightest glow is always best viewed in full darkness and with dark-adjusted eyes. Your eyes need to be fully adjusted to the dark prior to evaluating materials for glow performance. This is similar to walking into a darkened movie theater. It usually takes your eyes a minute or two to acclimate to be able to see your way to your seat, especially when entering from a bright theater lobby. The same principle holds true when assessing glow materials for color, brightness and duration. The quickest way to adjust your eyes from sharp room light to sudden darkness is to close your eyes and slowly count to 5. When you open your eyes, they will rapidly adapt to the darker setting.
To maximize color brightness, glow materials that are fully charged will assure best results. Depending upon your light source, the amount of time needed for a full charge will vary. We discuss the variables of different light sources used for charging here.
Visual perception can be as individual as your unique designs. But if you Think Green, you’re more likely to achieve the brightest glow!