15 August 2014

Welcome to our Blog




Welcome to Lunabrite’s blog! We are so excited to share our knowledge of all things glow. Our goal is to keep you up-to-date on all glow topics and share our tips to help you achieve the best possible glow experience ever. We are passionate about adding glow to your creative designs! Our glow materials bring illuminating accents on anything from apparel and accessories to outdoor furnishings! With this blog we hope we can inspire creativity on designs and educate our readers on the benefits of Lunabrite materials. Imagine the creative possibilities!

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19 July 2016

Endless Summer Festival Glow




For many of us, it wouldn’t be summer without the excitement, lights and sounds of festivals after sunset. You’re lucky if you’ve already been to Electric Forest, Bonnaroo or the Electric Daisy Carnival. And one of the best experiences is Burning Man in August featuring some of the most incredible art installations you will ever see.

When creating festival-inspired clothing, distinctive artwork or a customized personal vehicle, glow in the dark materials can add unique accents to enhance your nighttime celebrations. Less bright than LED or EL wiring, the glow of photoluminescent materials is strongest in very dark environments such as campsites, or in private areas without competing lights. Glow in the dark materials work well under black lights, that continually charge the material, and will stay brightly illuminated under these special UV enhanced lights.

If you are thinking of adding glow in the dark features to your festival fun, here are a few suggestions.

For small, close up applications from clothing to camping, Lunabrite round glow rope trim offers a bright glow in a 360-degree format, easily seen from all angles. It has a small side edge allowing for secure attachment to cloth, wood, plastic or metal. Durable in all weather conditions, glow rope trim is exceptional for outdoor settings.

For distant and larger areas, Lunabrite Ribbon is offered in 2.5” wide rolls resulting in a larger are of bright glow. This tough translucent material is weather hardy and ideal when a double-sided glow effect is essential.

Sewing Lunabrite materials onto costumes or clothing is easy, we invite you to follow our tips in this blog post. For decorating your outdoor space with glow, additional ideas are suggested here.

Is Color your thing? Neon glow sheets come in many vibrant daytime colors that look fantastic during the day, then glow bewitchingly in the dark of night or under black lights. Neon Glow Sheets are offered in 6 brilliant daytime colors with coordinating nightglows. They are available with or without 3M peel and stick adhesive backing, so you can add a quick colorful glow to almost any project.

Create your own dramatic glow for summer’s darkest nights. Let dazzling glow extend your nights of endless summer enjoyment.

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30 June 2016

How to make a Lunabrite Hi Viz Dog Collar




Looking to keep your pet safer with a collar that can be seen in the dark? You can make it yourself using Lunabrite Hi Viz glow sheets. Create a highly visible collar that ensures your precious pet is noticed and protected!

 

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31 May 2016

Reflect and Glow: Adding More Safety in Darkness




Why Add Retroreflective and Photoluminescent Technology to Your Designs

For ultimate visibility in darkness, two technologies are recommended to be combined: retroreflective and photoluminescent. Each one has an important purpose and they actually work in opposite ways from the other. When used in tandem, you get the benefit of both options covering all conditions.

 

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8 April 2016

What Glow in the Dark Color is the Brightest?




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.

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12 December 2015

How to Make Glowing Holiday Candles




Here’s an easy way to make gorgeous glow in the dark candles. These make a great gift or a decorative accessory for your own home.

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1 October 2015

Add a magical glow to Halloween!




Creating Costumes and Decor with Glow in the Dark Materials

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12 August 2015

8 New Ways To Add Glow To Outdoor Spaces




It’s summertime and that means summer parties can extend into delightfully longer relaxed evenings. If you are hosting any, it’s a great time to decorate outside spaces with the coolest illuminating night effects. Add glow in the dark accents to make your home pop at night and your party the place to be!

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1 August 2015

All Glow and H2O- Understanding Glow in the Dark Materials and Water




Summer is in full swing and for many of us that means vacations and long lingering weekends at lakes, rivers and beaches. We are drawn to water for hours of fun fishing, boating and paddle boarding, not just during the day, but at night too. Ever wonder if Lunabrite glow in the dark materials can be safe and reliably used in water? Let’s answer that question in today’s blog!

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16 July 2015

Glamping and Glowing- Adding Glow to an Ordinary Camping Trip




What on earth is glamping? Put simply, it’s going camping but fancying it up …a lot! Why go camping and suffer like it’s the 1800’s? With a little creative thought, you can make this common outdoor activity superbly glamorous by adding modern amenities and sophisticated embellishments that will make your camping trip memorable and way more enjoyable. Bravo’s Housewives of OC and NY have done it, and boy it looks like fun (minus the extra housewives mayhem, we mean). With a few handy tips from our glamping aficionados, you will be ready to go glamping yourselves, drama free!

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10 July 2015

The Story of the Luna Moth-Do Luna Moths Glow in the Dark?




Next week is National Moth Week (July 18-26th) celebrating the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. In observation of this event, we are recognizing one of the most beautiful and ethereal moths, the Luna Moth. Many folks have never seen this lovely creature and wonder if a Luna Moth truly glows in the dark, like summer fireflies.

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1 July 2015

Glowing Fishing: 7 Tips for the Best Fishing Trip Ever!




Summer is here and for many fishermen, it’s the best time of year. One highlight of summer is a traditional fishing trip. Here are some simple tips to help you experience one of your best fishing trips ever, and even add some glow in the dark along the way!

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12 June 2015

Why We Love Orange (and New Tangerine Glow in the Dark)




What came first, the fruit or the color? It is widely agreed that the fruit came first. To the delight of early artists and designers, the word was eventually introduced to signify the bold color matching the fully ripe fruit. Regardless of which came first, we agree that Orange is an amazing color for design. And Orange is now available in new high performance glow in the dark materials offering even more design options!

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4 June 2015

On the Surface: Add Glow in the Dark to Many Surfaces




At Lunabrite we think every project dazzles with the addition of glow in the dark! Innovative technologies and techniques offer new methods for adding bright glow to a growing list of design surfaces. As the list of surfaces suitable for glow materials multiplies, so do your creative resources!

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2 June 2015

Why Pirates Wear Eye-Patches (And What This has To Do With Glow in the Dark)




What do you picture when you think about pirates? Skull flags, buried treasure, parrots, the Jolly Roger, stolen gold, shiver me timbers, walk the plank and of course: Eye Patches! But why do all pirates seem to have the same eye injury resulting in a patch over one eye?

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12 May 2015

Know Your Greens: Go Green With Photoluminescent Materials




Green means “Go”. Lunabrite Green means “Let’s Glow!” And within the glow range, Yellow Green is the most visible photoluminsecent color.

If your project needs the brightest glow, Yellow Green would be a smart choice. According to scientific research, Yellow Green is the brightest photoluminescent color that the human eye can see in darkness. With so many new materials, likely there’s a Green glow design option to match your needs and creative vision.

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10 May 2015

Why We Love Yellow: The Color that Shines by Day and Night




Hello Sunshine and…Hello Yellow!

What is the first thing you think of when you see the color yellow? Did you know that yellow is the color of happiness, wisdom and imagination?

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4 May 2015

It’s as Different as Night and Day! Understanding Daytime Colors and Nightglow




Do you remember glow in the dark toys from childhood? In darkness, the glow was almost always soft green and by day it looked a dull gray-neutral color. For those of us on the lookout for anything that glowed, seeing that grayish color in daylight represented a good sign that the toy probably glowed at night. Even though the color was lackluster by day, there was the promise of magic to come by night!

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1 May 2015

Nature’s Magical Glow: Some of the most incredible glow in the dark exists in nature




Who doesn’t like the mystery of glowing objects? When things glow, they are more fun to play with, more fun to watch, and we can’t take our eyes off their magic. Let’s face it. A glowing effect ‘ups’ the coolness factor in just about everything!

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14 April 2015

Why We Love (and sometimes hate) Red! Understanding Red Glow in the Dark Materials




There is perhaps no other color that has so many powerful emotions as the color red. It represents love, passion, in some countries beauty (the Russian word for beautiful has the same root as the word for red), sensitivity, and joy. We associate red with life and courage, romance and leadership, determination and willpower.

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10 April 2015

Glowing Bandages to Better Monitor Wound Healing




Many of us can list our Top 5 Most Fun glow in the dark products, but did you know that photoluminescent technology has more serious applications as well? In today’s blog we explore a new scientific application for glow: Glowing bandages that facilitate wound healing.

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2 April 2015

How does your Garden Glow?




Adding a magical nighttime glow to your outdoor spaces is easier than you may think. Here’s how to accentuate pathways, porches and walways with glowing highlights.

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16 March 2015

Who’s the Brightest of Them All? If you want the brightest glow, here are some helpful tips.




At Lunabrite, we offer a multitude of glow in the dark colors choices and Daytime color combinations to enhance a wide range of designs. Projects can range from apparel to molded plastic parts to almost anything you can imagine.

When brightness of glow is the most important or only consideration you may wish to follow these suggestions to achieve the greatest illumination possible.

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6 March 2015

What does Kanye know about Glow? It Turns Out Quite a Bit!




It’s not called glow in the dark for no reason…”  Kayne West explains how glow in the dark actually works for those who still do not understand it.

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4 March 2015

Lesson on Resin: How to Understand Photoluminescent Resin Pricing




We are often asked how our glow resin might impact both the design and the project’s overall cost. Glow in the dark resin is a custom formulated polymer designed for each specific application. Like all custom products, there are many factors that influence both performance and price. Here are some of the most important.

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2 March 2015

Head to Toe With Glow: Glowing Tattoos




Tattoos have long been popular to illustrate belonging to a group, think of your favorite Uncle with a Navy ship or service motto, or to declare a frame of mind, like the legendary arm artwork on bikers from the 50s and 60s. Today tattoos are mainstream and clearly an artistic extension of individual personality. Modern designs can be bold and rebellious, sweet and sentimental or whimsical. Some even glow under certain conditions. It seems like an unbeatable combination:  a well inked tattoo with exciting glow in the dark effects. But can tattoos really glow in the dark?

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20 February 2015

Secrets of the #thedress: What This Internet Sensation Has To Do With Viewing Glow in the Dark Colors




Social media exploded with many people hotly debating the two colors of a certain dress. As a company in the design field, we are fascinated with this discussion as it relates to photoluminescence and how we see glow in the dark colors.

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14 February 2015

It’s Time to Glow! Upcoming Events Celebrating Creative Expression with Glow




For many of us this winter seems a bit longer and darker than usual. With spring almost here, we look forward to a new season of events and festivals that encourage creativity and transform darkness into glowing artistry!

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12 February 2015

Glow the Distance! How does distance impact glow visibility?




We receive many questions about how well glow materials can be seen from a distance. How far away is glow still visible? Are large areas of glow more visible than smaller areas? Can a small part be made to glow brightly enough to stand out, even from a distance?

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4 February 2015

Why We Love Blue




Blue can be soothing, strong or vibrant depending upon the hue.  To get a sense of this distinction, we need only compare our favorite jeans of faded blue to the deep bluish-purple of twilight or the clear blue watercolors in a child’s painting. The deepest shades of blue can command a dramatic mood while mid tone blues feel mellow and friendly. Whatever shade you prefer, blue is a universally popular color!

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1 February 2015

Baby it’s Cold Outside! Effects of Temperature on Glow Materials




While bundling up in many cold and snowy parts of the country right now, we are frequently asked if cold temperatures have any impact on glow in the dark materials.  Are warm temperatures better for glow performance, do colder temperatures delay reaction time?  Actually temperatures do have an effect on many materials and glow in the dark materials are no exception!

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28 January 2015

We’re Seeing a Pattern Here




Want to add distinct dimension and visual interest to your glow in the dark designs? Try adding a cool pattern over a flat glow sheet!

If you think glow sheets need to be a flat solid color, take a new look. Adding more depth and interest with patterns and textures can enhance your designs.

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1 January 2015

Why We Love Purple




Purple is a magical color, especially after discovering what makes purple different from other colors.  The word purple can be traced back to a Greek word porphura, the name of a Tyrian purple dye. Purple is the color of lilacs, beautiful sunsets and purple glow in the dark materials.

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22 December 2014

Our 5 Favorite Glow Moments of 2014




As we near the end of 2014, it’s time to reflect on some of the most memorable glowing moments of the past year. With art, music and natural events, 2014 offered some spectacular opportunities to enjoy glow in the dark.

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18 December 2014

Why We Love Green




Why do we associate green with good things?  Green gives us GO on stoplights, lucky four leaf clovers, winter’s majestic evergreen trees, and spring’s newest leaves that brighten spirits.  What about lush slices of colorful kiwi, the crispy crunch of green apples, or neon green lights welcoming us to our favorite bar for a classic minty “grasshopper” beverage?  All around – it may not be easy to be green, but it’s easy to love green!

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10 December 2014

5 Classic Glow in the Dark Toys That Have Stood the Test of Time




No matter how old you are, there are certain toys that will always catch your eye, and nothing quite catches the eye like glow in the dark toys. Throughout time, certain toys have amazed us with their magical ability to glow when the lights are off. So let’s take a look at some of our favorite glow-in-the-dark toys.

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8 December 2014

Let it Glow! Let it Glow Let it Glow!




Our first snow fell here in NJ and the holidays are in full swing! Whether you are making or buying gifts now is the time to include glow in the dark materials on your holiday shopping list!

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6 November 2014

Feeling Thankful




“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” –Oprah Winfrey

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4 November 2014

Is Glow in the Dark Really a New Concept?




Is Glow in the Dark Really a New Concept?

Everyone loves glow in the dark, who wouldn’t?  But did you ever wonder how glow in the dark came to be?  You may be thinking that a sorcerer or alchemist created magic glow crystals to ward off the darkness. Well, you are partially right! From the beginnings of its early discovery to the multitude of uses available today, there is much to learn about this fascinating subject.

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3 November 2014

10 Brilliant Products that Feature Glow in the Dark




With glow in the dark technology becoming more popular, we took a look at some of the most innovative glow applications on the market today. Here are few favorites that range from funky to practical applications that make use of the latest advancements in glow technology.

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2 November 2014

Creative Expression with Glowing Resin




Creative Expression with Glowing Resin

A Guide to Glow Resin Types and Usage:

How do you maximize design features and performance using luminescent Glow in the Dark resin?

We are often asked about resin colors, attributes and available forms.  Our unique resin provides the greatest range of design options. We will touch on a few basics to help sort out your brightest choices. 

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30 October 2014

7 Dumbest Glow in the Dark Ideas




7 Dumbest Glow in the Dark Ideas

Now our loyal fans know that we love everything that glows. But sometimes even we think some ideas are just silly, potentially harmful or downright weird. We have collected some items that may rival the dumbest non-glow category such as a silent alarm clock, inflatable dartboard or a fire alarm with a snooze bar.

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28 October 2014

Light it Up! Light and Charging Methods for Glow Materials




Light it Up! Light and Charging Methods for Glow Materials

What type of lighting works best to recharge high performance glow materials?

Our technical team is frequently asked what are the most effective light sources, and would different light enhance glow results.

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26 October 2014

Want to Sew and Glow?




Want to Sew and Glow?

Here’s how to incorporate the magic of glow into apparel, costumes or gear!

Most glow in the dark fabrics are produced using glow pigments that are coated or painted on the surface of the material. This is usually done using silk screening or with another surface coating process. When not done properly, the coated surface can crack or peel over time. After a few washes, the original glow begins to fade away.

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25 October 2014

Know Before You Glow




Know Before You Glow!
5 Things You Should Know about Glow in the Dark Materials!

Want to add glow to your designs? Thanks to new technologies, there are now more ways than ever to do that! With so many materials to choose from, it’s easy to become a bit confused over glow in the dark alternatives. Here are some basics!

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20 September 2014

What you might not know about design




Costume Design: Adding a Brilliant Glow to Your Designs

With only a few short weeks to Halloween, you may be thinking about costume design and upcoming events. Dressing in costumes allows anyone from regular folks to professional performers the chance to become someone entirely different or better express who they are already are.

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15 September 2014

Choosing the Right Glow in the Dark Colors for Your Designs




Choosing the Right Glow in the Dark Colors for Your Designs

When creating designs with glow in the dark accents, the right glow color plays an important role. Choosing a perfect glow in the dark color will add visual interest and can play an important safety feature in your finished designs.

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15 August 2014

Who’s going outdoors? Glow Materials in Outdoor Environments




Who’s going outdoors? Glow Materials in Outdoor Environments
Heading to the great outdoors and bringing along some glow materials? We love to hear it! There are so many uses and applications for glow in outdoor settings, we could go on and on.

We get many questions about using photoluminescent materials outdoors. We’ll answer some of the most frequent questions here.

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15 August 2014

Where does the Glow Go? The Truth About Glow Sticks and Recycling




Ever wonder what happens to liquid-filled glow sticks after a concert or event? They’re broken open to release the light and then strewn across the grounds. Even after cleanup, one has to wonder: is this good for the environment? 

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