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June 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 143

Buying glow sticks isn't as easy as dropping by the store on the Saturday afternoon before the party....

If you're a bit younger, you'll know glow sticks as the novelty the pretty girls and some questionable boys wear in dark nightclubs with loud music until 7 or 8am. Maybe accompanied with a lollipop or two and stupid looking furry boots.

But these little novelties have taken the world by storm!

From pool parties (glow sticks are waterproof and a lot of fun in the pool) to kid's birthday parties and for those wanting to dress up with a bit of flouro to a theme party - maybe 80's style?

They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The standard 20mm long tube with a bit of string to tie to the wrist is very popular but the thin super bendy ones are cheap and plentiful. They can also come with connectors so you can make all sorts of shapes.

Most people tend to put these together to make anything from necklaces to bracelets, and sometimes even glow-in-the-dark hula hoops!

You can buy them in pre-defined novelty shapes as well. Have a look at stock lines and now you will find them in the shape of multicoloured sunglasses and now even animal shapes - like walk the doggie.

So how to do they work without using battery power? The secret is in the chemical reaction of two separated substances within the plastic tube. Inside the plastic tube is a small and thin glass tube that is easily and safety broken when the unit is bent. The chemical reaction known as "chemiluminescence". Do not bend the tube too much as this will cause leakage.

Light sticks as they are also known can be used for practical purposes. Instead of candles it's a good idea to keep one or two on hand but they are good also for camping and fishing trips.

A big question always asked in online forums is: Are they safe? After all they have chemicals inside of them to make them work. The short answer is yes. The chemicals are non-toxic. But all the same, if you see children chewing on them, take them away!

Another question often asked is how long do they last? The amount if time the glow effect works depends the quality of the model you purchase. Different chemicals are used by different manufacturers. Generally however, expect them to last between 2 and 5 hours. If you are in a hotter climate or conditions, they will glow brighter for a shorter time and the opposite for cooler conditions.

So back to the main question of this article - where to buy glow sticks.

They are all made in China (well most that I know of anyway) but there are a growing number of wholesale suppliers to find online. This should be your first port of call.

The online suppliers are based in most countries and are willing to send to anywhere in the world. Sometimes depending on the size of your order they may also ship for free. In the online stores, you may find other glow-in-the-dark novelties such as glow footballs, night-lights and glow in the dark body paint.

If you live within city limits, you may find a limited range of glow sticks for sale in costume hire shops or sometimes even the large Manchester type stores have a novelty section where party items and some costume accessories are sold.

How much are they?

There are varying levels of quality, which is dependent on the materials used, the size and the type of chemicals they use inside for the reaction. But if you order in bulk, the basic models will cost you only about $0.30USD each but the more expensive ones can be up to a few dollars each.

So head online to buy glow sticks. Here is where you will find the best deals to anywhere in the world - especially if you are buying in bulk.

Although you can get them from bricks and mortar stores the best place to buy glow sticks is to buy them online. The Where to Get Glow Sticks website is an excellent resource to find some suppliers in your area.

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