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Glow in the Dark Balloons Make for a Great Effect

By Andrew Burgon /
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March 10, 2015


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Glow in the Dark Balloons Help Infuse a Little Razzle Dazzle to Your Events

Glow in the dark balloons really help add some zest to a party. They do this magical act in a variety of ways. Some use a luminous technology that absorbs light and glows in the dark. Others use tiny LED lights, mini glow sticks or black lights.

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Luminous Balloons (using phosphors to absorb light and glow)

For those using a luminous technology you will need to expose them to a bright light source for a few minutes. They will then glow for about 30 – 45 minutes. Before filling them with air try spreading them out on a table and shining a desk lamp on them to get them to look their brightest.

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Blacklight Reactive Latex Balloons

Note that these balloons require the use of a black light to glow. They are referred to as ‘blacklight reactive’. They’ve been designed to respond well to black lights.

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LED Balloons

These balloons use LED lights to light up. There are two kinds. Those that have the LED light inside them. Pull the tab and the LED turns on. Others require you to put a tiny LED light inside the balloon. I recommend that you go for LED lights that let you replace the battery.

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LED Lights for Balloons

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Mini Glow Sticks

Mini glow sticks are another option for illuminating balloons. Just pop one or more inside the balloon.

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UV Glow Blacklight Face and Body Paint

These paints glow brightly under UV lights. While they are meant to paint your face and body I assume they’d do just fine on balloons as well. You could have children painting their own balloons as part of the party fun. You could also use the paint to paint their faces.

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Black lights

Black lights causes certain colors to become vivid and glow. Bright colors are the way to go. White, pink, lime green and yellow, for example.

Have you seen glow in the dark balloons used to great effect? Please tell us about it.

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