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What Causes Things to Glow-in-the-Dark?

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What makes materials glow in the dark? As children, we often experience glow-in-the-dark toys and accessories (like glow sticks and action figures). As those kids mature, they begin using glow-in-the-dark products for work and in their hobbies, regardless of what material you are using and why there is some serious science behind what makes the product glow.
Simply put, luminescence is the main factor causing materials to glow. Materials that contain or use luminescence emit light without the need for heat. Other materials (paper, charcoal, and wood) only produce light as they burn. Products that produce luminescence contain a material called phosphor. This material is used because it radiates light after receiving energy from a bright light source (the sun or a strong lightbulb). Phosphors act like a battery in that they soak up energy from a light source, and then it slowly radiates light from the material until the energy is depleted.

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The best specialty compounding NY offers adds phosphors to plastic resins that are then used to create an almost endless array of products. Specialty compounding is highly customizable, meaning that plastic can glow different colors at different intensities and for varying time lengths.

Luminescence comes in different forms, which include:

  • Bioluminescence
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Phosphorescence
  • Radioluminescence

For more information about creating glow-in-the-dark products, you should reach out for help from the best specialty compounding NY can offer you.


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