The first time I ever saw these glowsticks was when a friend bought some back from a holiday at Centreparcs. From the first time I saw them I was hooked, and thought they were a great idea when out on dark nights, or to wear or carry in places like nightclubs, or in my case, the local ice rink where we used to go every Sunday night.
The sticks themselves come in a variety of colours, and can be bought quite cheaply from places like Wilkinson for under £2. They come in a protective packet which should state the colour of the glowstick. Common colours are green, pink, blue, orange and yellow. The packet tears open easily and the stick is inside, a transparent plastic stick containing liquid. The stick has a hook on the end so you can attach it to your clothes, jewellery or bag if you wish.
To activate the stick you need to "crack" it by bending it in the middle so that the chemicals inside can mix together and react to form glowing liquid inside. The plastic is quite thick, so the action of bending the stick should not cause any of the chemicals to spill out and escape. The stick glows really brightly at first and creates quite a powerful light. I can understand why places like Centerparcs sell them, because we found them really useful when we were there, walking back to our villa on dark nights! I used to love taking a few glowsticks to our local Walsall illuminations, as it was cheaper than buying the overpriced tat they had on sale there, but sadly the illuminations has been cancelled for the forseeable future.
The sticks glow brightly for about 8 hours, after which time they fade. They will emit a very faint glow for about 3 days, before giving up their light completely. My kids love these, and we have since discovered another version of these sticks that they sell in poundland. They are still made by Grafix, but are thinner glowsticks that come in a tube. They are supplied with small plastic connectors which enable you to join the sticks together to make bracelets and necklaces. This way you can combine the colours for great effects. I find these make great gifts for kids parties, and they would be great for bonfire night as a safer alternative to a sparkler. I also took a tube on an outing to the disney ice show, to give out to the kids in our party to wave when the lights went down. We have also taken them to kids shows at the theatre, and again, they are a good way to save money, as you don't have to buy the official merchandise in the theatre.
The only downside to the thinner glowsticks is that they can split if you let small children crack them, as the plastic on these is thinner than the larger sticks. My son bent one of these sharply, and the glowing liquid spilled out onto his clothes, although it didn't do any damage, but this illustates the importance of supervising young children with them.
In the dark winter months, we have fun making our own disco for the kids, by putting on music, turning out the lights, and dancing round with the glowsticks. It is a great way of entertaining kids on long dark evenings, and better than watching TV.
My only gripe with these sticks is obviously that they are plastic and not great for the environment when discarded. Therefore for this reason, I will drop a dooyoo star.
Sometime near the end of last year me and my friend became very obsessed with anything uv and anything that glowed! So when we found these glowsticks for £1 in our local bargain shop we were really happy especially as looking them up online I have found that they are £3.99.
For those of you that don't know what glow sticks are they are plastic tubes which contain an inner tube which has which contains two chemicals that when mixed together, by the snapping of the glowstick let of a bright florescent light.
The glowsticks glowed pink, yellow, white, orange, green and purple. In the tube you also get connectors which are small plastic pieces with 2 holes each side for my money I got 25 sticks which were 18" in length just right to make bracelets and you can also hook a few up about 6 to make yourself a glowing necklace to go with you designer glowing bangles.
Once snapped my glowsticks lasted all night and were still glowing the next day and night as well though not as bright as the first night. You can also pop them in the freezer if you need them to glow for longer as the freezing of the chemicals slows down the reaction.
I also found that they are waterproof when some ended up in my fish bowl after a night out, my fish were actually very impressed with them luckily the chemicals did not leak.
My friends however had thought it was a good idea to link some around my light bulb when they got back before me as a birthday suprise, problem was the lightbulb melted the plastic and I was left with a horrid burning chemical smell for months later so this is not a good thing to do be warned lol.
Glowsticks also seem in my experience to be away of attracting friends when drunk lol. As soon as me and my friend got our glow sticks out we were surrounded by people wanting them so now we put them on before we go into the club save the dive of people to tight to buy there own lol.
5 stars these glowsticks are a fun novelty