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Black Light - What is it?

Black Light Technology Explained 

Learn How UV Black Light Products Can Help You

In This Page I  will endeavour to give as much information on the subject of Ultra Violet black light products, their uses in home and industry, and how they are different from Glow in the Dark Products.


Screen Printing Ink Fluorescing near a UV Black Light Source

If you have been to a night club, you would have seen UV Black Lights at work. The white clothing on some individuals that seemed to glow in the dark, were reacting to the night clubs black lights.

Nature has created things that naturally Fluoresce. Examples are, Rocks, and Minerals..

These organic and inorganic forms, naturally fluoresce, but their true beauty can not be seen in darkness, by the human eye unless we use a object like a UV Black Light Torch.

When we wash our clothes, use washing powder, or liquid, with optical brighteners included, these helps to make our white clothing appear whiter, and our colours look brighter.


The image above shows Special UV Glowing Paints Fluorescing because they are  exposed to the UV Black Light situated at the bottom middle of the image.


A UV Black Light Torch Used To Make UV Fluorescing Items Fluoresce - Glow

The main differences between glow in the dark, and UV Black Light Products are

  • UV Black Light Products have a consistent glow, but glow in the dark products start off with a strong glow effect and their glow intensity deminishes over time.
  • UV Black Light Products need a UV black light source to fluoresce - glow. Glow in the dark products do not.
  • UV Black Light products are generally cheaper to purchase.
  • UV Black Light colours may be mixed together to create new colours, where as glow in the dark products, should not be mixed due to the fact that the resulting colour glow will have inferior glow properties.

Would you like to purchase a black light, or other UV product... try the following links;

Purchase a black light click this link for more information

Purchase a invisible ink pen or marker; click here to view information

Learn about our special colour changing UV Black Light Powders


Above image An experiment using invisible Fluorescing dyes on textiles

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Paul Housego
Research and Development
Glow Paint Industries
QLD Australia



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