PHOTOLUMINESCENT GLOW POWDER
Techno Glow offers unique glow in the dark powders for personal, commercial and industrial use. Stand out in your crowd with the brightest and longest lasting glow powders available. Whether you are creating a glowing driveway or making a birthday card, Techno Glow has your back with quality products, excellent pricing and first class customer service.
ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR GLOW POWDER COMPARISONS, TYPES & ATTRIBUTES, DOCUMENTATION, APPLICATIONS, MIXING RATIOS, SAFETY INFO AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
- Strontium Aluminate
- Professional Low Cost
- Up to 12 Hour Glow
- Multi-Purpose Use
- 35 & 85 Microns
- Waterproof Available
- 20-30 Year Glow
Our standard powder is anything, but ordinary. Strontium Aluminate doped with Europium & Dysprosium with glow times up to 50 times longer than conventional glow products.
- Best on the Market
- Unique Colors
- Up to 26 Hour Glow
- Multi-Purpose Use
- 50 Microns Average
- Waterproof Available
- 30-50 Year Glow
For the ultimate performance and strength we recommend our Ultra Glow Pro-Series. Top notch natural and bright unique formaldehyde-free fluorescent daytime colors.
Being widely used by theme parks, theaters, governments, aviation and aerospace, green developments and manufacturers. Anew standard for glow in the dark powder that is worth your time and effort. Brighter is better with the PRO-Series.
- Airbrush & Print Pigment
- Anti-Slip & Flooring Sand
- High Heat Glass & Ceramics
- Zinc Sulfide
- Limited Novelty & Makeup
- Invisible Red & Orange
- Yttrium Oxide
- Red Calcium Sulfide
We want there to be no limits to what you can do with glow powder. That Is why we offer glow particle sizes ranging from 15 microns which is extremely fine up to 0.5 millimeter in diameter. Discover rare phosphorescent powders for almost any application.
POWDER TYPES & ATTRIBUTES
Natural glow powders are also called invisible by some. It is usually light of color or an off-white in normal daylight. It glows either green, aqua, blue, purple or white in the dark. If mixed at a low ratio it can appear invisible in transparent products. These glow longer and brighter than fluorescent glow powders that are tinted for a colorful look in daylight. Shop natural glow powders.
Not-encapsulated glow powder is resistant to most strong solvents and glows a little brighter than its waterproof counterpart. Best choice for resin and epoxies, solvent based mediums or any medium that will encpasulate the piment from absorbing water over time. If exposed to water for more than a couple days it might absorb the moisture, crystalize and become damaged. This is rarely the case though. If mixed with high water conetent mediums, only mix enough for what can be used within hours. Shop not-encapsulated glow powder.
Waterproof powders should only be used in mediums that contain a high level of water or when there is a concern of water reaching the glow partciles over time. The waterproof series is coated with a silica layer making it ideal for exposing to water for long periods of time. It is also used by paint companies for making acrylic glow paints that will be stored for long periods fo time. Available in micron sizes of 35, 50 and 85. Shop waterproof glow in the dark powder.
The most difficult thing about glow powders is that they not all glow the same. Every color and micron size have its unique glow time and brightness. Green. aqua and blue are the strongest colors with purple and red being the hardest colors to satisfy some. Each powder description and specifications tab will explain the glow time.
Techno Glow also create custom colors for businesses small and large. Contact us for more information.
The deepest red glow in the dark powder available. But before you get to excited be aware, this powder is called the stinky red for a very good reason. Due to its chemical composition it has a very strong sulfur odor; that of rotten eggs! It charges quickly and the short glow is definitley worth the experience. Shop red calcium oxide glow in the dark powder.
Photoluminescent glow powder (pigment) strontium aluminate is a new type of environmentally friendly alkaline earth aluminate. It is non-toxic and non-radioactive. Pigment particles are charged (excited) by most any visible light or instantaneously by ultraviolet light. Photo luminescent pigment then releases energy in the form of visible light (glowing in the dark) for as long as 24 hours, depending on the color. Photo luminescent pigments provide a duty-cycle operation with a very high ratio of glow time to charging time required. The glow intensity (luminosity) and after-glow time are over 30 times greater than traditional ZnS (zinc sulfide) or commonly sold retail store products.
The Techno Glow series includes photo luminescent pigment and paint. We have the best performing luminous powder and paint lines in the United States and throughout the world. Techno Glow can supply pigments in a wide range of colors and specifications. Our rigorous quality control system ensures that our products have highly stable characteristic and quality. We welcome customized orders manufactured to client specifications.
- Safe for normal uses as it contains no radioactive or toxic materials.
- Long glow time. Compared with previous photo storage materials, it has up to 50 times longer emission (glow) time.
- High initial brilliance. Initial luminance of up to 40,000 mcd/m2.
- High durability. Long shelf life if the crystalline structure is not damaged.
- Outdoor usage. Suitable for outdoor usage as it does not suffer luminance reduction even when placed under a 300-watt high-pressure mercury lamp for 1000 hours.
- Stable Chemical Reaction. Not-encapsulated powder is stable as it is resistant to most anhydrous chemicals, both organic and inorganic. However, it will decompose into metal oxide and lose its luminance when brought into contact with water. Waterproof powder should be used for high water content mediums such as kids water paint. Most resin, epoxy, silicone and acrylic paints can be used with our not-encapsulated pigment and brighter pigment.
- Temperature Resistance. The performance and brilliance remain stable under temperature of nearly 600℃ for the natural glow powders that are white or off-white in daylight and even higher temperatures for larger micron pigments. No decrease in performance even when tested at temperatures of as low as -20℃ for most natural green glow pigments.
- Techno Glow products meet various photo luminescent standards and requirements. Techno Glow powders are a non-hazardous substance under United States OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200. Techno Glow powder meet and exceed compliance (2008-9 testing) with ASTM F963-03 (Standard Consumer Safety Specification on Toy Safety), Section 4.3.5 for heavy metals content, and EN71: Part 3: 1994, amendment A1 2000 for toxic elements content.
Mix glow in the dark powder with clear or transparent mediums such as resin, epoxy, paint, plastic, glass, ink, nail polish, clay, rubber, cement, silicone, glue, powder coating, spray paint or road paint.
Glow in the dark powder and paint can be used for sidewalks, street numbers, coffee tables, counter tops, floors, fishing lures, watch dialers, gun sights, costumes, paintings, pools, jewelry, nails, tape, paper, toys, screen printing, ink, and much more!
Our pigments and paints have been used at hospitals, shops, schools and universities, stadiums, mines, hotels, harbors, ships, amusement parks, movie sets, Broadway shows, parks, highways, airports, restaurants, retirement homes, night clubs, farms, warehouses, and factories. Make your school or workplace safe! Apply a photo luminescent safety exit strategy. The international building code already adopted the idea and such measurements by code are now being accepted as law in many countries.
Use our pigment to set the mood for special events such as holiday parties, raves, hunting, hiking, weddings, and many more! Techno Glow pigments and paints can create an ambient environment direct lights can’t. Make a memorable impression on guests by giving them an experience they won’t soon forget!
Techno Glow powder can be charged, and discharged indefinitely, making them very economical to use. They are the basic ingredient for most glow in the dark products and are used by consumers, businesses, education and government agencies for products, art, scientific purposes, safety and green applications.
25% = 1:4 = 1 ounce powder to 4 fluid ounces clear medium
33% = 1:3 = 30 grams powder to 90 milliliters clear medium
Generally, the higher the ratio of glow in the dark powder to the medium, the brighter the glow and potentially a longer more solid glow. It is also true for multiple layers when possible. Use plastic, ceramic, or glass mixing containers and utensils.
Testing various ratios are recommended for commercial and manufacturing purposes.
HOW TO MAKE GLOW IN THE DARK PAINT?
Techno Glow primarily utilizes acrylic latex paint medium for our glow in the dark paint. The following instructions focus around acrylic latex paint medium unless otherwise indicated.
- Choose the color and granularity of the glow in the dark powder appropriate to your project. Larger particle sizes generally glow longer, but the resulting paint will not have as smooth a finish as finer particles or smaller micron sizes. Protect the powder from moisture by storing in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Clumping or yellowing can be indicators of the pigment powder being exposed to moisture. Continue to avoid exposure to moisture until the powder is mixed with the paint medium.
- Obtain the needed primer, clear medium, and possibly a clear top coat. Feel free to have your local hardware store contact us with any technical questions they might have. We also carry a wide variety of paint and other mediums that works very well with our products.
- Primer – Choose the primer made for the substrate you will be painting. A white primer will facilitate the highest glow, while a dark primer will reduce or absorb the luminosity.
- Paint Medium – Paint should be clear so that color pigment particles don’t interfere with the glow. Clear acrylic latex paints, polyurethane, solvents and resins are some of the best mediums, though other paint mediums may be used with success. Remember that more viscous mediums do a better job of holding the pigment in suspension without need for an anti-settling agent.
- Top Coat – The purpose is to seal and protect the luminous paint layer, although not necessary most of the times. Top coats can be most anything clear (polyurethane or acrylic) to protect the finish without interfering with the glow. Avoid paint with high UV filters in order for light to penetrate through to charge and discharge the powder. A lot of paint mediums that do include UV filters works just fine.
- Prepare the surface you are going to paint. Be sure that the surface is clean and dry. Apply the primer to the surface and allow primer adequate time to fully cure before painting. Plan for the amount of glow in the dark powder and paint medium you plan to use. You should only mix as much as you plan to use immediately, because if left sitting, the medium can settle or set up and make using the paint difficult. It is important to not leave the paint open for long periods of time to avoid drying up.
- We recommend mix ratios between 15% to 33% powder to paint. In general, ratios with more than 33% powder to the mix don’t gain enough brighter glow to justify the cost of more glow powder. Examples:
- 20% = 1:5 = 1 oz. Powder to 5 oz. Medium
- 25% = 1:4 = 1 oz. Powder to 4 oz. Medium
- 33% = 1:3 = 1 oz. Powder to 3 oz. Medium
- 33% = 1:3 = 42 oz. Powder to 1 gallon (128 fl. oz.) Medium
- Generally, the higher the ratio of glow in the dark powder to medium, the brighter the glow and potentially a longer glow. Testing different ratio's are recommended for commercial and manufacturing purposes. Multiple layers always enhance the glow. If possible, we suggest using plastic, ceramic, or glass mixing containers and utensils.
- For resin and epoxy the 20% ratio works well. Pigment will settle to the bottom leaving you with a nice clear top that can be sanded and buffed to your liking.
- Carefully mix the glow in the dark powder with the paint or resin medium.
- You can either add powder to paint or paint to powder. If you place the powder in the mixing container first and then begin adding paint until you achieve the glow and consistency you need, you will have greater control. Starting with the paint in the mixing container and adding your estimate of the required pigment also works just fine. For small quantities, stir the pigment and the medium with a wood or plastic stir stick (coffee stir stick, chopstick, skewer, or the end of an artist’s paint brush). For larger quantities, using a power drill and a paint mixer available from a local hardware store. The power drill will allow for thorough mixing/stirring at higher speeds. Mixing two different colored pigments together does not usually get the desired result or work out well. Be careful not to grind the glow powder as it will cause the glow to be reduced, and may lead to the pigment deteriorating and not taking a charge. If the paint becomes too thick to apply, you can add a small amount of water or flow extender available from us or at a local building store.
- Apply multiple thin coats of paint (3-4 mil). Many folks have had good success applying 3-5 coats. Stir and/or shake the paint thoroughly before applying. Paint can be applied with brush, roller or paint sponge. Paint can be applied with paint sprayer, providing it is less viscous or has been thinned with an extender product. For small areas, you may be able to reduce the time between coat applications by using a hair dryer on the first couple coats. After that you should allow the paint coats to cure naturally. If you have some paint remaining, you can use the container lid or cover the container with clear plastic wrap from your kitchen. It is also good to label the cup with a marker because in the light, there is little difference in the color between several of the pigments.
HOW TO MAKE GLOW IN THE DARK PLASTIC?
Master Batch Manufacturing
Use Flow Chart
Application In Plastic
This new type of luminous powder is compatible with acrylic, polyester, epoxy, PVC, polypropylene and polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE etc.) polymers.
Material can be cast, dipped, coated, extruded or molded.
Preferably use master batches or compounds for incorporating luminous powder into plastics.
As luminous material is a very hard substance and the particles have a needle like shape, it is difficult to incorporate into plastic resins directly.
It is recommended to use an extruding temperature as low as possible.
Master batches containing luminous material must be fully dried up before usage.
Plan on using less than classical phosphorescent pigment loading.
Preferably use master batches or compounds for incorporating photoluminescent pigment into plastics. As the pigment is a very hard substance and the micro particles have a sharp edged, it is difficult to incorporate into plastic resins directly ( they can be classified as a glass or ceramic ).
Prior to starting a manufacturing of a master batch, the interior of the extruder should be thoroughly cleaned of contamination.
The processing temp should be 10 degrees higher than normal run of plastic. The extruder should be cleaned again by running clear resin through until clear resin can be seen coming out of the machine.
The recommended machine configuration is one with a distributive screw design and twin hoppers. Use the first to feed the resin and additives and the second to dose the pigment into the polymer melt. This will decrease the abrasion to the extruder surfaces.
If the above method is not possible keep the mixing time of the pigment and resin as short as possible.
Stirring for a long period may cause the resin/pigment to darken, this is not good!
The resin and pigment should be kept dry before the extruding process is started!
Using carrier resins in powder form minimize darkening.
Masterbatches containing up to 50% glow pigment can be manufactured.
For extrusions a small bore machine would be preferable as to minimize residence time. Extruders with large inside wall areas or equipped with complicated screw geometry tend to cause darkening of the end product.
It is recommended to use an extruding temp. as low as possible (only experimentation will give the correct temp level).
The optimum back pressure should be determined by experimentation.
The color of the pellets being produced should be observed, they should be the same color as the pigment itself.
The best temp. level inside the barrel is closely related to screw geometry and back pressure, these should be determined by repeated experiments.
The use of an injection mold machine equipped with a small chamber is recommended. For Instant, for injection molding a piece of 50 grams per shot with a duration time of 3 minutes, do not use a machine with a barrel capacity of 5 kg it is enough for 100 shots. This will maybe darken the end product. An adequate sized chamber would be one that the resin stays in no longer than 30 minutes.
A test run with a virgin resin is recommended before injection molding is started.
Master batches or pellets containing luminescent pigment must be fully dried before using!
Temp. should be determined by experimenting.
It is difficult to inject mold resins containing a stabilizer or resins which are hygroscopic or containing water.
Do not grind or mill the pigment, breaking the pigment structure will destroy the afterglow properties!
Avoid exposing the pigment to strong acids or mixing with resins containing heavy metal properties.
Keep out of reach from children, this substance is non-toxic but not intended for humane ingestion.
Keep pigment as dry as possible.
Photoluminescent pigment is a hard material and this may cause abrasion to the extruding machines, In order to avoid this problem either sue especially hardened barrels and screw fixtures or a wax to wet the pigment prior to extruding, or use a machine with two entry ports.
Avoid moisture and aqueous systems. Once the pigment is incorporated into a solvent based resin, it is not affected by moisture.
We have tested our pigments thoroughly but the afterglow properties depend on the pigment quantity used and manufacturing processes used. The efficiency of phosphorescent pigment containing articles can only be observed when installed properly and excited under correct lighting conditions as required by the proper authorities. Therefore we can not guarantee that the end product containing our pigment conform to your company expectations.
Molded parts and extruded strips as well as products made thereof are manufactured with a variety of base plastic compounds, to which luminous material are added.
For processing of photo luminescent plastic compounds, it is best to use machinery such as plunger-type injection molding machines or single-screw extruders, which ensure delicate handling of the luminous material. Consult extruding machine manufacturers' specifications for processing temperatures and injection speed.
Suggest using paraffin to cling to the surface of basic plastic, it is molding.
In plastic industry: Primarily used in toys, telecom products and electronic products.
This document is intended to aid the use of the photoluminescent pigment and to be used as general information purposes. Techno Glow will not be responsible for the damage to machines, loss of products or labor due to the misuse of the photoluminescent pigment.
SAFETY DATA SHEET
Commercial Product Name: Photoluminescent Pigment
Characterization: Strontium Aluminate
Contains: Content (Weight %):60~ 100%
Identification of Eventual Hazards
Critical Hazards to Man and Environment: None.
Measures of First Aid
After Inhalation: Remove to fresh air. Generally, no affection to one’s health.
Eye Contact: Flush with water.
Skin Contact: Harmless.
Swallowing: Flush the mouth with water. Call a physician.
Measures in Case of Fire
Product is not inflammable and not explosive.
Measures after Spillage or Accidental Leakage
Transfer material into closed containers (such as plastic, ceramic, glass not metal) by using absorption materials for disposal.
Handling and Storage
Store dry under indoor conditions. Keep containers tightly closed. Use mechanical ventilation. Avoid contacting with dust, acid, alkali and rain. Do not eat and drink while handling.
Check of Individual Exposition/Protection
Industrial Hygiene: Do not eat, drink or smoke in work areas.
Personal Protective Equipment: Respiratory protection protective gloves.
Physical and Chemical Properties
Physical State: Solid powder.
Color: Yellow, Green, Blue Green, Red, Pink, Orange or Yellow.
Melting Point: 2400°F
Flash Point/Ignition: N/A
Burning Properties: N/A
Density: 3.6-3.9 g/cm3
Solubility in Water: Little soluble.
Solubility in Organic Solvents: Not soluble.
Stability and Reactivity Thermal
Hazard Decomposition Products: None
Hazard Reactions: None
Information on Toxicity
The pigment is safe as it contains NO radioactive or toxic materials.
A Radiation: Specific activity (Bq/g) < 0.032
B Radiation: Specific activity (Bq/g) < 0.03
Information on Ecological Effects
Pigment is chemically and biological inert. As it does not contain soluble heavy metals, the product does not cause ecological or toxicological problems like other compounds containing heavy metals.
Information Concerning Disposal
Pigment can be one of additives and added into many medium, such as coat, paint, ink plastic, glass, ceramic etc. Pigment can repeatedly absorb energy and emit visible light for over 20 years without any perceivable change of its properties.
Information concerning Transport
Dangerous Good in the Sense of the Transport Regulations: NO.
Information Concerning Regulations
Labeling According to EEC Directives: None.
This is a glow in the dark product that facilitates safety through visibility.
This information, which describe our products as to possible security requirements, is based on the present state of our knowledge and experience. It is given in good faith, but no warranty, expressed or implied, in respect of the quality and properties of our product are made.
This material safety data sheet (MSDS) has been prepared in compliance with United States Federal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Hazard Communication Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200. This product is considered to be a non-hazardous substance under that standard.
What is Photoluminescence?
Photoluminescent materials (commonly called “glow-in-the-dark”) can absorb and store direct light energy (sunlight, fluorescent, incandescent, etc.) and emit that light energy when there is no longer a direct light source. When ambient darkness occurs, it becomes highly visible, lasting from a few hours to several days depending on the quality and color.
Upon removal of the light source, the stored light is gradually released, the strongest glow is produced during the first 30 minutes of darkness, the most critical period following a power failure or other emergency. It then fades over a period until reintroduced a direct light source, so it may store energy again. This means the photo luminescence process is “circulatory”.
The bases of most photo luminescent products are photo luminescent pigments that can be incorporated into powder coat, paint, ink, fabric, ceramic glaze or porcelain enamel, glass, flexible and rigid molded plastics. Typical products include self-adhesive flexible vinyl tapes, rigid PVC marker strips, and silk-screened signage. Photo luminescent fabric, enamel-coated sheet metal, and ceramic tiles are also available.
How bright are these glow products?
Many manufacturers refer to the extinction time of their products, which is defined as the time required for the afterglow to diminish to one masb (0.032 mcd/m2, or about 100 times the limit of human perception). In practice, this is very difficult to see unless your eyes are fully dark-adapted, and you are in a completely dark environment.
For practical purposes, luminance of one to two millicandela’s per square meter are more appropriate limits for life safety applications, and even this assumes a smoke-free environment. Thus, zinc sulphide products are useful for perhaps only 30 to 45 minutes after their excitation source has been extinguished. The afterglow of strontium aluminate products, on the other hand, can be visible for several days, sometimes more. All Techno Glow powders are strontium aluminate based unless otherwise specified.
Strontium aluminate products can provide surprising amounts of initial afterglow. For example, a four-inch square of excited material held a few inches away from a magazine page can provide enough light to read by for the first minute or so of afterglow. Micro-prismatic retro reflectors and other brightness enhancing techniques can increase the materials luminance by several times.
Can Photoluminescent products replace traditional emergency lighting?
Light lead photoluminescent materials were originally designed to complement existing emergency lighting systems but continuous improvements in luminance performance mean that in certain circumstances, such as a power outage, high quality photoluminescent products may replace emergency lighting. They can be sited at waist or skirting level, so they can still function if the ceiling lights become obscured by smoke. Similarly, lifesaving appliances and firefighting equipment become more visible and are easily located in an emergency. Some emergency lighting can take up to 15 seconds to activate. In these instances, photoluminesce products will light up immediately.
How do the materials work?
Techno Glow photo luminescent materials contain purpose designed inorganic phosphor compounds that are energized in seconds by the ultra violet and blue light wavelength energy that is present in nearly all light sources. This high-energy source is converted into a lower energy source of light. The lower energy light source is yellow-green, the color most readily perceived by the human eye and as specified by safety signs standards. Techno Glow photo luminescent materials are non-radioactive, non-toxic, and provide a strong light source. They are also self-extinguishing, so they carry on working when they are most needed.
Photo luminescent materials differ from reflective materials, which amplify and increase relative brightness when light is applied. Fluorescent materials are quite different from photoluminescent materials. Fluorescent materials (such as the 3M fluorescent work zone film or a “hot pink” tag) borrow light energy in nearby wavelengths and concentrate the amount of light returning to the viewer in a certain (for example, day-glow orange) wavelength. Fluorescent films are especially useful in dawn and dusk viewing times, when they appear particularly bright. Photoluminescent materials require prior exposure to a light source to glow in the dark.
Is it environmentally friendly?
Photo luminescent materials are non-toxic, non-radioactive and contain no phosphorus, lead, or any other hazardous chemicals.
DISNEY'S PANDORA - WORLD OF AVATAR
Animal Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, Florida USA
The latest theme park Pandora at Disney was inspired by the James Cameron movie Avatar. Techno Glow worked closely with the Disney team for almost 3 years from start to finish. We provided glow powder and paint products with consulting to create an oasis of glowing walkways, natural habitats and decorations. The park has been an absolute hit so far and visitors are blown away by the charm and glow effects at night. Nothing you have ever seen before.