Posts Tagged ‘chemiluminescence’

Unique ways to use glow sticks

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Glow sticks are diverse products that can be applied to a variety of situations and events. Let’s take a look at a couple of unique ways in which you can use glow sticks in your daily life.

First, glow sticks are a great teaching aid for younger children. Teachers can teach the ideas of chemical reactions, chemiluminescence, and even stretch the lesson out to discuss bioluminescence and how some animals use glowing to scare away predators. Children will enjoy the fun and colorful products while learning new information in a practical and hands-on environment.

There are a number of ways to increase the lighting power of glow sticks, too. One of the best ways is to put an activated glow stick inside a balloon and then blow it up. The entire balloon will be lit up and you can use it at outdoor events of all kinds. THey will float in pools, too, so they can be fun and functional toys for night time swimming.

Glow sticks can be used in many sporting events, too. Bring some to celebrate the home team or use some to light up an area if you are playing a sport at night. Some fishermen even use glow sticks with their bait to attract fish. Divers also use them to help see better in the deep ocean when they are exploring.

They also make great decorations for parties and other events. Set up a string of glow sticks to surround an outside area or place them inside your home at night time. You can also make paper lanterns that act like lamp shades for your glow sticks.

Get some of Premier Glow’s glow sticks and use them any way you like!

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!

How do glow sticks work?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Glow sticks are interesting and useful products that can come in handy in a variety of situations. You’ve probably encountered them a number of times before at all kinds of events, like concerts, dances, celebrations, and other night time get-togethers. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what a glow stick is and how they work, you may be surprised to find that they are actually rather simple in their composition. Let’s take a closer look at what goes into making a glow stick,  how they function, and what makes them so useful.

Glow sticks are composed of three main chemicals: hydrogen peroxide, phenyl oxalate ester, and fluorescent dye. The hydrogen peroxide solution is generally stored in a small tube inside of the glow stick, while the phenyl oxalate ester and fluorescent dye surround it. These two chemical compounds remain separated until you snap the glow stick, which breaks open the inner tube and mixes them together. The hydrogen peroxide solution acts as an “activator” to the chemical dye, causing the glowing light that you want. This process is known as chemiluminescence – it’s the generation of light without the generation of heat. It’s a very interesting scientific system that can be performed with inexpensive products and in a safe way.

Premier Glow’s glow stick products are stored in a climate-controlled warehouse and are individually wrapped in foil to ensure that none of them break open on accident and that the products remain fresh until they reach their destination. Consider getting some for your next event!