Europium UltraGlow® is
the new generation Phosphorescent (Glow in the Dark) material in pure powder form. This glow-in-the-dark powder is at the cutting edge of chemical phosphorescent technology.
It is both formulated and manufactured right here in the U.S.A.
This is not some cheap Chinese knock-off glow powder that you see on auction sites. This is the real deal.
You may be familiar with the old Zinc Sulfide based glow-in-the-dark material that's commonly found in glow toys and glow paints found in hobby stores. As you know,
that material only glows for a very short time and then is completely invisible - even in a totally dark room.
UltraGlow® is nothing like that.
Our phosphorescent powder was developed in the USA after years of research. It is doped with the element Europium and other Rare-Earth elements that give it an astonishing glow time as long as 30 hours!
UltraGlow® powder can be mixed or melted with anything from clear paint, to wax,
plastic, nail polish, gel, Sculpey Clay, etc. Simply mixing with Elmer's® Glue
makes a quick & easy glow paint.
Several large manufacturers purchase this material
from us in gigantic quantities to produce a variety of unique glow items from
paint to candles. For use in paint, best results are obtained by mixing as much
glow powder as possible in clear paint. This glow paint should them be painted
over white which acts as a reflector enhancing the visible glow. Painting glow
paint over a black or dark surface will reduce the visible glow
dramatically. Europium UltraGlow® powder can be recharged
indefinitely just by holding it under bright light.
powder is highly heat resistant. It can be mixed with glaze and fired in a kiln
to make pottery and other ceramic items. Its temperature limit is about
Charging up UltraGlow® Powder
ordinary indoor lighting as well as UV
(blacklight) can be used to "charge up" Europium UltraGlow® powder. The more UV wavelengths
the light contains, the faster it will charge. Sunlight (3,000 - 50,000 lux light level) will charge up the powder the fastest, requiring only 5 minutes of exposure.
A 'workshop type' Fluorescent lamp (500 lux light level) is rich in UV light - holding the powder close to a bright fluorescent lamp will charge it up in about 10 minutes. An ordinary 60 watt incandescent (tungsten filament) lamp (30 to 50 lux light level) will take 30 minutes to charge up the powder due to the lack of UV wavelength in incandescent bulbs. UV (blacklights) will charge up the material extremely fast.
The following is information for those that are interested in some of the more technical aspects of UltraGlow:
The Excitation Energy is 200nm to 450nm. Peak Emission Wavelength is 520nm. Europium UltraGlow® powder has excellent Light Fastness compared to other glow materials. Other glow powders will degrade if constantly exposed to bright light. In 15 to 100 hours of exposure, the glow properties of ordinary glow powders become permanently reduced to a fraction of what they originally were. Not so with Europium UltraGlow® powder! Even after 1,000 hours under direct exposure to intense mercury vapor light, Europium UltraGlow® powder retains 96% of its glow output.
In short, Europium UltraGlow® powder is a revolutionary glow-in-the-dark material. Its only limit is the user's imagination.
MSDS ( Material Safety Data Sheet )
- Important Information - Please Read -
Glow Intensity &
unfamiliar with Phosphorescent material have unrealistic expectation of how it
performs. Europium UltraGlow® powders are a new generation of glow material
much different than the old Zinc Sulfide based glow products of the past. In
daylight, all the Europium UltraGlow® powders appear off-white in color. When fully charged, all glow powders
will produce a very bright afterglow for a short time, then level off to a
moderate level of brightness, slowly dimming over the remainder of their
The Green and Aqua glow powders will remain clearly visible for as long as 33 hours. The length of time a glow powder is said to 'glow' is defined as the time it takes for the afterglow brightness to diminish to 0.32 mcd (0.32 mcd is 100 times the Human visible perception limit). Even at this level, the glow is clearly visible in darkness.
The Green and Aqua are comparable and by far the brightest and longest
afterglow. Obviously, the level of glow at 14 hours is not nearly as bright as it is at 10
minutes after light exposure, but you can plainly see it in the dark
The Blue glow powder has a lower glow brightness and shorter afterglow duration compared to the Green and Aqua. This is partly due the response of the Human eye. Our eyes are much more sensitive to the color green as compared to blue. Green will always appear brighter to the eye.
All colors can be used as Fluorescent glow powders, that is they will all glow at full
intensity under UV (blacklight) as long as the light is shining on them.
For some basic
instructions & ideas for using
our UltraGlow® powders, please Click Here