How I Charge Glow in the Dark Stars

by Esther Iranyi June 23, 2016

Glow in the dark moon and clouds

As an artist I started using glow in the dark paint in 2011 and it is an amazing medium of constantly moving and changing light. 

All my paints are exclusive, almost every project I paint requires a different formula, these are many times brighter than glow in the dark printed inks.
The paint I select, how the art is charged and different lighting conditions all work together to make the art change and look different from night to night, and even at different times of the night.

All my work glows for approx. 12 hours with sufficient charging with bright light. Using a room's natural daylight and a 10 minute top up with a bright light at night is sufficient to get that all night glow.

There's no need to buy expensive UV tubes or novelty UV torches. Bright fluorescent lights (compact or tubes) work really well. Most rooms already have perfect lighting conditions for the stars to charge and glow well.

The only lights I’ve found that are not suitable for charging are dim incandescent bulbs. Bright LEDs are also fine. 

Glow in the dark paint does not fluoresce under UV light. It glows in the dark only. Fluorescent neon coloured paint is the type that reflects psychedelically under a black light. 

If you have a dark area like a basement, home theatre, or room with little daylight you must use a bright light to compensate. In those dim or dark areas it is best to get as much direct light on the stars as possible. In a basement bedroom sometimes a floor lamp directed at the ceiling is an easy solution.

I work in an area that never gets natural daylight and yet it glows very brightly in the dark. I use bright CFL room lights and the paint closest to the light source obviously glows the brightest. If you want your posters or murals to glow brightly don’t put them in a distant shady corner of the room! I also use a high powered flashlight for when I want to charge a mural up fast or to see the colours at their most intense. 

You’ll only see glow colours when the paint is 100% charged. As the stored light starts to run out and fade the glow will always be a white colour. This is common to all glow in the dark paints. The white after-glow will continue to fade but you will easily see it glowing all night long.

Lastly some of the decals are transparent. It helps to place them on a lighter surface as lighter colours will reflect the light from the paint. Very dark colours and black can reduce the appearance of the glow. 

Glow decals are intended for use in a dark room at night. If you have the windows open on a moonlit night you won’t see the glow so clearly. If you are applying glow in the dark star stickers at night it always helps to give your eyes time to adjust after flicking off the lights to see your progress.

All spaces have different lighting conditions but the general recommendations for any Stella Murals products are:

⭐ Use daylight or sunlight if possible.
⭐ Top up with a bright light at night for 10 minutes if needed.
⭐ Keep the room dark for viewing.
⭐ Give your eyes time to adjust to the dark.

A well lit space = bright glow!




Esther Iranyi
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