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The science behind glow sticks

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Glow sticks have become a well-recognized product all over the world. They’re inexpensive, easy to use, and they provide a simple form of entertainment as well as a strong source of light. They’ve staked their claim in concerts, dances, night time events of all kinds, and much more. Premier Glow sells a wide range of glow sticks and related products in many colors and sizes. But have you ever wondered how glow sticks actually work? Let’s take a look at what’s going on inside of a glow stick when you crack them to activate the light.

Glow sticks were actually developed to prove the possibility of something known as chemiluminescence. A chemist named Edwin Chandross first developed them in 1960s while working under government contract. He used them to prove that a chemical reaction can create an intense source of light without emitting heat. This is an extremely useful tool that is still used today – and glow sticks are the main way we see it happening. So what actually happens when a glow stick activates, and how does it work?

Glow sticks are made up of two chemical solutions separated by a tube. The first solution is hydrogen peroxide, which is usually the substance separated by the tube (usually glass). The second is a combination of phenyl oxalate ester and fluorescent dye. The hydrogen peroxide acts as a catalyst or activator to the dye solution, so when the two solutions mix with one another once you’ve broken the inner tube, the dye lights up. This works for many colors of dye, although interestingly enough, blue dye appears clear before it is activated.

Science has led to the development of all manner of fun, simple, and effective tools – glow sticks are just one of them!

Glow sticks or light sticks?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

If you’ve visited Premier Glow’s website or have ever gone looking for some glow sticks or related products, you may have encountered some confusing terminology. Many places will use the terms “glow sticks” and “light sticks” interchangeably to refer to the same types of products. In reality, these terms are often used in place of one another, but there are some distinct differences that may be worth noting. Let’s break it down and take a look at what each of these two terms mean and how they are used today.

“Glow sticks” is a term that acts as a kind of blanket description for a wide range of products. It can refer to glow sticks, glow necklaces and bracelets, and so on. This particular terminology is generally used to denote products used at parties, celebrations, and other fun events. In fact, glow sticks were developed to be a cheaper alternative to the more robust light sticks due to the increasing demand for these novelty items at events and stores. So if you see the term “glow stick” in the same place as you see “light stick”, you can probably safely say that the glow sticks are novelty items.

“Light sticks”, on the other hand, were originally used to describe the products that use non-heat producing light (chemiluminescence) for use in emergency situations. These items are individually wrapped in foil and are generally stored in climate-controlled warehouses. They are designed to be sources of light during natural disasters, power outages, and other emergency situations. These were actually the first products to hit the market – as explained before, glow sticks grew out of a demand for more widely spread light sticks.

Now that you know the difference, visit Premier Glow’s page and find the products that are right for you!

The difference between glow sticks and light sticks

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Most everyone has heard of glow sticks and can easily identify what the terminology relates to, but there are  some other phrases going around that may confuse people. Similar products are also often referred to as “light sticks”, which raises the question: What is the difference between glow sticks and light sticks? A quick answer would be to say that they are essentially the same products, but that does not tell the whole story. In fact, the terminology differences stem from a difference in the markets in which they appear.

“Light sticks” traditionally refers to glow stick products used in emergency situations. They would be individually wrapped in tin foil that included instructions on proper use during emergencies. Light sticks are useful tools in a wide range of scenarios, including but not limited to: hurricanes, heavy storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, power outages, ice storms, and tsunamis. They provide a failproof source of light in times when power may not be near or operational. All of Premier Glow’s glow sticks sized at 4″, 6″, 12″, and 15″ are individual packaged and labeled as light sticks to be used in emergency situations.

The term “glow sticks” became more popular once developers realized that these products can be used as novelty items and toys. The widespread growth of these items at parties, events, and other fun occasions led to the new terminology. It’s a general term that may refer to a range of products, from glow sticks to caps and even glowing golf balls.

Know the difference between glow sticks and light sticks and make accurate purchases based on your needs!

What Are Glow Sticks With Tinted Casings?

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

There has been a lot of talk on different websites about glow sticks manufactured with tinted casings. What are tinted casings? The manufacturer makes light sticks with colored plastic to produce colors that use red. Most of the time purple, orange, red, pink, and blue is manufactured with tinted casings due to licensing issues with the red dye patent.

As we know the color red is used in small portions to make many other colors. In this case one company has patented red dye for glow sticks in the United States. In order to avoid having to pay to use the patent for the red dye Chinese manufacturers use tinted casings.

What does all this mean for the consumer? Glow sticks manufactured with tinted casings have an inferior glow. Our light sticks do not use tinted casings. We only sell premium quality glow products using clear plastic tubing.

What does all this mean for the consumer? Glow sticks manufactured with tinted casings have a inferior glow. Our light sticks do not use tinted casings. We only sell premium quality glow products using clear plastic tubing.

Can You Stop Glow Sticks Once Activated?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Some customers have inquired if it is possible to stop a glow stick from activating once part of it has been cracked/activated. The short answer is no. Unless you want to snip off the ends that were cracked and have a safe way to plug the open ends–there is not way to stop a glow stick once it has been activated.

However, you can slow the chemical reaction by placing the glow stick in the freezer. If you have received dead glow products from the store then you should return them immediately for a refund.

Does Temperature Really Affect Glow Sticks?

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Freezing Your Glow Products Slows Reaction

Yes it does! Many people try to figure out ways to keep their cool glow sticks and novelty toys a little longer. We don’t blame you–they’re fun!

Did you know that the chemical reaction in liquid glow products is influenced by temperature? As temperature decreases, light intensity decreases, but duration of light output increases.


How Long Do Glow Sticks and Products Last?

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Did you know….One of the most frequently asked questions from customers is about the product life. How long do glow sticks and other glow light products last? Well that really depends on quality and size. Our glow lights are made from new materials and are expected to last from 4 to 12 hours, or longer after being activated.

This is based on the size and type of product. Some products, such as the hi-intensity emergency sticks are designed to be effective for only 30 minutes after activation, but produce a higher intensity of light during that time.

You can use some tricks to extend the life cycle of glow products so your kids can play, or parties can last, a little longer. Try freezing the glow product so the chemical reaction slows within the tubing. This will elongate the life of your favorite novelty glow toy!


Are Children at Risk Using Glow Sticks?

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Some concerned parents have asked questions about potential goody-bag toys like glow sticks and necklaces. Are they really safe? What happens if a child accidentally opens one of the products? Did you know that lightsticks light necklaces and other glow products are completely safe?

In glow sticks and other glow products we carry, the liquid light source is a non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-caustic, lightweight, windproof, light source. It is not a source of heat or sparks and is sealed within its own flexible plastic container. They are great for use in areas which may contain combustible mixtures of gasses or liquids, when ordinary sources of light might pose an explosion or fire hazard. The manufacturer has tested the products according to the regulations of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and has determined that the products are non-toxic, nor a corrosive or irritant. They can be safely handled by children of all ages.

If one of the products is damaged fear not, use warm soap to remove from clothes and carpets!

What is the shelf life of glow products?

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

How to Keep Unused Glow Toys Longer
Have you wondered before how long your glow sticks will last? The old trick is to slow the chemical reaction within the glow product by freezing it. But, some people have asked another question: how long will the unused glow toy last in the package? Did you know that studies have shown that if the original outer foil wrapper has not been damaged or the product removed from the wrapper, the products have a shelf life of one to four years, depending on the product. All industrial glow light sticks are expiration date stamped. Some novelty products are also date stamped.

Keep this in mind when you’re purchasing the high-quality products at

What makes liquid glow products work?

Monday, April 28th, 2008

You just cracked your favorite glow light or glow necklace when it dawns on you–how on earth do these things really work? Light sticks and other glow items generate light when two chemical compounds are mixed together in a process called chemiluminescense. This process converts energy directly to light without heat, flame or spark. To keep the reaction from occurring prematurely, the two compounds are kept separate by storing one in a very thin capsule, which is broken by flexing or bending the product tube.