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How to get the best results from your Glow in the Dark Jewelry

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Below are several tips to help you get the most glow out of your jewelry:

It needs to charge

Glow in the dark or photoluminescent materials carry inorganic phosphors that absorb light in the visible and ultra violet wavelengths and then re-emit visible light, or a "glow."

Phosphors give off visible light after being energized. This means they have to soak up light for a while before they will glow in the dark.  In a fluorescent light, ultraviolet light energizes the phosphor.

Not all light is equal

The phosphors need to absorb light to re-emit light and some light is better absorbed than others. Ultra violet light works best and charges in the fastest time.

The longer the charge the better

The object should be charged under direct sunlight or artificial light for 2-3 hours for maximum glow. For optimal results, charge in direct light. Leaving an object outside will not provide consistent direct light for charging.  

Sunlight contains a certain amount of UV Rays. Glow in the dark products react or get charged faster when exposed to UV Rays.

Light is released immediately 

While they are charging, at the same time they are also releasing this light energy in the form of a glow which can only be visible in the dark.

Glow in the dark luminance fades after time. Typically, the light released will be brighter immediately after charge and for the first half hour as the atoms are excited and will begin to fade gently as the atoms calm down.

After some time, the product will naturally lose its glowing capacity.  The moment you remove them from the light source, they start discharging.

The darker the better 

How adapted your eyes are to the dark will affect the brightness of the glow that your eyes perceive. The more adapted to the dark your eyes are, the brighter the glow that you will see. The glow will actually appear to be brightening the more adapted your eyes become.

Ambient light affects the perceived glow of photoluminescent materials as the light draws your eyes and detracts them from the darkness. Glow in the dark products are best viewed in total darkness as the eyes are allowed to adapt, perceiving a much brighter glow.

Even moonlight or street lighting shining in through a window is considered ambient light and will prevent your eyes from adjusting totally to darkness.

Green will glow the best

It's because the human eye is most sensitive to green light and so green glow in the dark products appear brighter and get the brightest apparent glow. Also, the green phosphor can absorb a wide range of wavelengths of light to produce a glow, so the material can be charged under sunlight or strong indoor light. Green is easy to charge, long-lasting, and bright.

Check out our current line of glow in the dark lotus flower necklaces.  

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