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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!

Glow sticks for emergency situations

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Emergency situations of all kinds can take us by surprise. Natural disasters and other unforeseen circumstances can be a huge problem for people anywhere in the world, so it is important that we take steps to prepare ourselves for any unlikely event that may arise. Whether you live in an area that experiences frequent heavy weather, earthquakes, or other problems, or you live somewhere mild and unassuming, you should still have items at your disposal that will help you in a scenario where you might find yourself in danger. Premier Glow sells glow sticks and light sticks that can be used to light your way and make yourself identifiable in emergency situations of all kinds.

When the power goes out, you’re going to need a source of light. Unfortunately, there are a whole slew of instances in which you may lose power. It may happen in a simple thunderstorm, or it may happen during a hurricane. Tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and any kind of accident could also trigger a power outage. When the power goes out, you don’t know for how long it will be gone – that’s why you should have light sticks handy to keep things bright even when there is no other source of light. Moving around in the dark is dangerous all on its own, so you and your family members should all know where lights sticks are in case of such an emergency.

Light sticks are also good for identifying yourself if you’re out in public or in a place with other people. This will ensure that nobody runs into you or causes you any harm. Use light sticks from Premier Glow for emergency situations and keep yourself safe!

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!

Light Sticks – Valuable Light Sources in Emergency Situations

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Light sticks are reliable lighting sources which use chemical reaction to emit bright light. They are widely used as lighting sources during emergencies and outdoor night parties. Earlier, they were used only in military operations. But because of their attractive features, they gained huge popularity and became essential emergency tools in almost every household and organization. Let us know few more things about these little wonders.

Light sticks differ from glow sticks: Many people often get confused between light sticks and glow sticks – they think both are one and the same. But they are different from each other. Light sticks are light sources which emit bright light and are specially designed for emergency situations. Whereas, glow sticks are a cheaper alternatives to light sticks and are popularly used as novelty items in parties and events. As the use of glow sticks increased tremendously, people generalized the term for both the products. Though both of them are great lighting sources, they are used for two different purposes.

Light sticks are ideal for emergency lighting: Light sticks are commonly used during emergency situations, as they glow brighter, longer and have a greater shelf-life than the regular sticks. Many survival experts believe that they are effective sources of light after the occurrence of natural disasters like hurricanes, earth quakes, tornadoes and tsunamis. They are also very useful in smaller emergencies like power outages and sudden car break downs in the dark.

Features of light sticks: Since they are battery free, waterproof, windproof, light-weight, and easily disposable, they are widely used as emergency tools. They last for hours emitting uniform frequency of light all the time. They are generally free from phthalate, which is banned in some states.

Available in different sizes and colors: Though light sticks are available in different colors such as green, blue, pink, yellow, orange, red, white, purple, and aqua, the most common colors used for safety operations are the red, green and yellow. Red sticks are useful for sending emergency signals and green for better lighting. Yellow light can travel longer distances and can be visible from far distances. They are generally available in the sizes of 4,6,12 and 15 inches, which are easy to handle.

Provide light for longer hours: When compared to the normal glow sticks, these light sticks glow brightly for a minimum period of 12 hours, which makes their use more functional. They are very useful during longer power breaks and big natural disasters.

Convenient to use in various environments: Whether it is high pressure environment under water or highly explosive environment in industries, light sticks can be used anywhere. They are 100% percent safe to use in any environment as they provide spark and heat-free illumination. Since they do not produce any kind of heat they are cool to touch and can be easily handled even by the kids.

Light sticks, as discussed above are great sources of light during natural disasters and other emergencies. Having them in hand (in disaster preparedness kits) makes you ready for any kind of situation. Bright light in the dark removes fear, particularly in emergency situations. They create sense of confidence and security. Don’t worry about their expiry. They have longer shelf life. They are easily available online. Some stores even offer them at discounted price if you purchase them in bulk.

Glow Sticks Ensure Your Kids’ Safety at Various Places

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Glow sticks are fun items for kids, but for parents, they are important tools which ensure their kids’ safety. It is very difficult for parents to make their kids sit at one place. Kids often tend to go out of sight, particularly in the dark. But, when they are equipped with glow sticks, parents can easily identify them. Below are the various places, where glow sticks ensure kids’ safety.

Home
Glow sticks serve as the best safety kits at home. You can hang them with strings at dim areas of your home, kids’ room, attic, play area, sides of the staircases or on the sides of the garage door, etc., so as to facilitate smooth and safe movements of children in dark.

In cases where children have sleepless nights due to the fear of dark, placing glow sticks on either side of the bed and in bathrooms will assure light and safety, besides blowing away their fear. You can also give glow sticks to children when they are playing outdoors in the dark. Keep these light sticks at places your kids are more familiar with so that they can easily reach them.

Travel and vacation
It’s difficult to keep track of children during travel and vacation. Hence, provide bright colored glow sticks to your children or attach them to their clothes or make them wear glow necklace and bracelets so that you can spot them in the dark camping areas. As kids love to hold these light sticks in hand, give them one, so that the path is visible while walking in the dark. While staying at hotels too, make sure that you place glow sticks at sides of their bed and in bathrooms.

Parties
In various night parties, kids are offered glow sticks as party favors. Actually meant to have fun and perform tricks, these light sticks can also work as safety items for kids. These sticks may be placed at different areas to ensure adequate lighting at outdoor night parties. Children may also be allowed to wear glow accessories like glow necklaces, bracelets, hairpins, head band, bunny ears, horns and rings, which make them look unique and easily identifiable by their parents among the large crowd.

Schools
Any school events and celebrations conducted at nights will require glow sticks for every child to take care of their safety. These sticks, placed at private and dark areas of schools ensure safety. They are the ideal lighting sources during emergencies. Placing glow sticks at most appropriate places helps in easy access during uncertain situations.

The functionality of the glow sticks as excellent light sources in dark is not comparable. Their easy to use, easy to carry, affordable and attractive nature makes them most suitable safety devices for kids.

Learn About Some Dancing Styles Using Glow Sticks

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

It is quite popular to see glow sticks being used in teen parties and party raves to perform different tricks, games and dance. Dancing using glow sticks has gained popularity to the extent that they became a part of the culture in most of the pubs and clubs. These performances give a mesmerizing feel to the people watching it.

Some enthusiasts have invented few different dancing styles using glow sticks. Let us check the major forms of dancing techniques using glow sticks.

Basically, there are two main styles: ‘Glow stringing style’ and ‘Free hand style’.

Glow stringing style: This style involves performing various tricks by connecting two glow sticks with a string or a rope. Different moves can be made using these stringed glow sticks with a single hand or both the hands. The most commonly used tricks are the formation of number eight, butterflies and fountains. This style also involves a technique called flowers, in which the arms are moved in circular motions to form different petal varieties. Wraps is another technique, which involves wrapping the strings around the body.

Few more tricks played using glow stringing are:

  • The basic trick involved in glow stringing is making circles using light sticks.
  • The immediate next process is making eight symbols using them.
  • Once people become experts in doing the above two tricks individually, they tend to do them alternatively.
  • Another glow stringing trick is to swing glow stick over the shoulder and to grasp it under the arm. This is considered as a great trick because the transition in doing it with the other hand is very natural, especially for martial arts movie buffs.
  • One more variation of the above trick is to swing the glow stick over the shoulder, but instead of grasping it under the arm, the performer will grasp it behind their back.

Free hand style: This dancing technique involves holding the glow stick in hand and moving it in the required fashion. It includes many free hand techniques like tracing and liquid. Tracing is an act of tracing any part of your body with the glow stick to give it an outline. On the other hand, liquid involves moving glow sticks through midair in a visually appealing way. Kicking and tapping are techniques in which glow sticks are juggled with feet and other body parts.

These are the few tricks while dancing with glow sticks. However, many other new tricks are being developed by people as per their creativity and expertise, ultimately aiming to provide wholesome entertainment for themselves and for audiences.

Light Sources You Should Have in an Emergency Preparedness Kit

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

In a blink of an eye nearly a quarter of a million lives were lost due to a destructive earthquake in Haiti. Closer to home, every year in America natural disasters ranging from fires, snowstorms, and the usual hurricane, pound the country. With all of the calamity in our midst a renewed awareness has developed surrounding emergency preparedness.

Are you prepared if you lose essentials like power, shelter, running water, sanitation, and the like?

The recent tragedy in Haiti, coupled with the massive hurricanes that have hit America’s SE coast, has emphasized the need for households to prepare themselves should disaster strike. More and more people are looking for information on various items such as emergency preparedness kits.

This article will highlight one aspect that you would include in a kit, and that is light.

You won’t notice your need to see until you lose your electricity. Now, it obvious nobody is inept enough to live in complete darkness if electricity was never available, but generally you don’t truly appreciate something until you lose it. Even 24 hours without power will force a household to find light sources for few at least a few hours, if not more depending on location.

The chances of you becoming stranded and having to wait for aid is higher in remote areas. Generally the government recommends having a kit that will keep you safe for 72 hours.

When you think of lights, and if you’re lucky enough to be stranded in a place above ground, then you’ll likely have sunlight to help your days. At night, however, you’ll require light sources that do not electricity.

There are a few suggestions you should consider when putting together emergency kits, some require power sources, others do not.

Take for example flashlights. The best source of light and the one that provides, on average, the most reliable source, is a flashlight. They vary in size and strength. The issues with flashlights, however, are twofold. On one hand you the life of a flashlight will vary depending on power source. Most flashlights will barely last an evening’s worth of light. That is, of course, dependent on whether they are battery powered or crank powered.

Battery powered flashlights may lose charge if kept unused for too long, and they tend to last the least. LEDs over filament bulbs will also impact longevity. LEDS will use less energy to shine as their filament counterparts. They provide more light for less energy.

Some LED flashlights are now crank powered which means they generate a charge through someone cranking a handle. The charge is saved then used when turned on. This will obviously extend the lifetime of your light source, however, it depends on whether you’ll have someone capable to continuously recharge the light source. If elderly or incapacitated individuals are relying on the kit, this may not be the option.

Another source of light that also doubles as a source of heat are candles. Candles are inexpensive, yet do not emit very much light. You will require multiple candles to light a room sufficiently to complete a task. In times of emergencies you may not require a full room with light, but even then candlelight is limited.

Another danger to candles is the fire risk. The potential of falling asleep or having the candle fall to the ground and start a fire is high. This doesn’t suggest candles are a bad alternative for light, but they must be used with caution. Candles typically also last much longer.

Exposed candles are also at the mercy of their elements. If the area you require light is damp, wet, or the candle wick itself is wet, then you’re without a light source. Also, being outside may present a wind problem and an inability to keep your candle alight.

Another source of light is a glow stick. Glow sticks range in brightness and longevity. Typically green colored glow sticks last he longest, some as long as 14 hours, whereas colors like orange and red last much less. There are a number of benefits to having large glow sticks as part of your emergency preparedness kit. For starters, the glow stick does not pose a fire hazard, and because it is a chemical reaction, their reliability to produce light is very high.

Not only do glow sticks emit a large amount of light (more than a candle, broad than a flashlight), but they are not susceptible to the elements other than extreme cold. You can use a glow stick in a damp location and even underwater if necessary. Cold weather will in fact extend the longevity of the glow as the chemical reaction will be slower (but slightly dimmer).

The only con of glow sticks are their inability to produce any heat that you might get from a candle.

One single green glow stick could last an entire evening and into the morning. Candles usually last a couple of hours, and flashlights generally less depending on the size of the candle. That one single glow stick will cost you around 1 dollar. That’s 3 dollars over 72 hours. Flashlights will expire without batteries and candles can burn out, plus you require an initial source like a match to get a candle working.

So what should you use in your 72 hour emergency preparedness kit? I would recommend all three. They all have their pros and cons and most families actually have all three kicking around the home. All are generally inexpensive to keep tucked away in a kit.

So prepare yourself for the ‘just in case scenario’. Who knows, you may never need to crack open your kit, but you’re going to be prepared with a sufficient and reliable source of light if you take the simple and inexpensive steps to acquire the right resources.

Visit Premier Glow for wholesale pricing on a variety of light sticks like glow sticks, glow necklaces, and other light sources.

Another source of light is a glow stick. Glow sticks range in brightness and longevity. Typically green colored glow sticks last he longest, some as long as 14 hours, whereas colors like orange and red last much less. There are a number of benefits to having large glow sticks as part of your emergency preparedness kit. For starters, the glow stick does not pose a fire hazard, and because it is a chemical reaction, their reliability to produce light is very high.

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.

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Friday, February 13th, 2009

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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 PremierGlow.com