What Are The Benefits Of Glowing Sticks?


Glowing Sticks 5Mini glow sticks are just as popular as their larger counterparts, only smaller! They can clipped to a hat or shirt, used when rave dancing, or even inserted into the mouth for an interesting effect (and also a choking hazard). Although they only run about 1.5 inches in length, mini glow sticks come in a variety of colors and can last just as long as larger glow sticks.

Mini glow sticks are an excellent source of alternative lighting for smaller spaces – reading a book in a car, for example. They are also convenient for underwater use, and all commercial glow sticks are non-toxic and self-activating. By bending the stick, the user can mix two chemicals within the plastic case and trigger the illuminating effect.

Although all glow sticks are relatively inexpensive, mini glow sticks are a good choice for large purchases. For around $5, you can purchase 25 mini glow sticks online. Mini glow stick mouth holders can also be purchased for about one dollar each to reduce the possibility of choking. Naturally, mini glow sticks should not be given to child as they pose a large choking hazard.

The Reason For The Glowing Sticks Popularity

Glow sticks were invented about 25 years ago and have been popular ever since their invention. Some people use them just for the sheer pleasure of watching the fun that kids get out of them. Others purchase them because of their usefulness of providing light without a power source.

They are an alternative light source that does not require a bulb or a battery to work. Glow sticks are being used as makeshift lamps by campers and scuba divers. Glowsticks are relatively inexpensive and can easily be purchased at your nearest department store. They last long as a light source, are lightweight and portable, and provide both light and fun!

Glowing Sticks 1Although glowsticks can provide light that lasts for hours, other glowsticks are of the type that provide high intensity/short duration light – giving off an excessive amount of light for only five minutes. The one you purchase is determined by what you need for your application.

Glow sticks are typically a plastic cylinder, typically anywhere from 5 to 22 inches in length. The ones that are wearable as glow products are made of a more flexible plastic material and can be bent into many types of shapes and connected together to form various lengths.

The chemicals inside of a glowstick are normally non-toxic and they cause the illumination by the mixing of the chemicals which are kept separate within the glass tube inside the glowstick. To activate it, simply bend the stick until you hear it crack. The crack means that the glass which kept the chemicals separate has been broken. Now the light causing chemicals can mix and do their thing.

Popular ways that glowsticks are used are as glow bracelets and glow necklaces. Used as body lights, these are inexpensive additions to attract attention at any social gathering. The added flare of cool flashing broaches and neon colored necklaces will give your party the edge in design and uniqueness.

General Information About How Glowing Sticks Work

Glowstick is a piece of plastic tube containing a glass vial. This glass vial contains chemicals that when react with the plastic tube create light. For a glowstick to produce light, it must bend. The bending allows the glass vial to break and the action allows the chemical to release from the vial. Once the chemicals from the vial mix with the plastic tube, a chemical reaction takes place where light is formed.

We often see it on concerts, parks, carnivals, and parties. We can also see it used by campers, divers, and rescuers. But in any occasion it is used, glowstick provides light, color, and functionality. Imagine a piece of plastic can illuminate and provides different color. But how does glowstick work? If this is still a mystery to you, then you should read the rest of the article.

Energy from the reaction…

There are several forms of energy. One is light. While the best source of light is the sun, some chemical reactions can also produce energy to form light; the glowstick creates a reaction that produces energy in the form of light.

Glowing Sticks 2Usually, light is produced from a reaction that creates heat; but in the glowstick, it is not exactly the case. Although the glowstick does not create heat, the rate of the chemical reaction that produces energy causes the stick to glow. One great factor affecting the intensity of the glow is the temperature.

When placed in a cold environment, you can notice that the amount of light energy produced is less. This is because the rate of the chemical reaction to create light slows down. This will make the light glows longer. While this is the case, the stick will glow much longer. In a hot environment, a reverse process occurs. The chemical reaction speeds up causing the glowstick to produce brighter light. This is exactly what will happen if the glowstick is submerged in hot water. While if will glow brighter, the stick will wear faster.


There are three main components for a glowstick to produce light. Two of them are chemicals and the other is the fluorescent dye. The two chemicals react to produce energy while the fluorescent dye receives the energy that will convert it into light.

Commercial glowsticks use the phenyl oxalate ester and the hydrogen peroxide. The former is kept with the fluorescent dye. The latter is kept separately. The color from the fluorescent dye is determines the color of the glowstick. The process works this way: when the two chemicals are combined (as a result of bending), it causes reaction that releases adequate energy to stimulate the electrons in the fluorescent dye. The energy produced makes the movement of the electrons higher that will result to the production of light.


Glowsticks have several functional uses. As was mentioned, glowsticks are used by divers. These will let them see underwater without the need for portable light. Glowsticks can be used to provide warnings to other divers that one diver is in danger.

Glowsticks are also used by campers. This will enable them to mark the trails among other things.

In parties, gatherings, celebrations, and concerts, glowsticks provide more color and fun. With glowstick available commercially in different colors, they are a good addition to any occasion.