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Best Black Light Bulbs

Updated on September 22, 2014

Using Black Light Bulbs with Glow in the Dark Stickers

Black light bulbs emit long wave ultraviolet (UVA) light and can be used for a number of different purposes. For example, if you have decorated a room with glow in the dark stickers, you may find that the stickers may not glow for as long as you'd like after the light source has been removed, meaning that you have to wait for daytime to come to recharge them in order for them to start glowing again.

As an alternative, you could fit one or more a black light bulb(s) in an existing light fitting(s) in the room with the stickers, which would mean that the glow in the dark items will continue to receive an input of UVA for as long as the light is on. Stickers would then glow for a longer time, so no more having the glow in the dark stars fade after a few minutes. Although much of the light is in the non-visible range, black light bulbs often also give out some visible light, usually in the blue to purple range.

The light from the black light bulbs will need to be directed at the stickers for the best results and several bulbs may be required in different locations.

As these are just bulbs, a light fitting is also required, but a standard one for the type of bulb is fine, you don't need a special type of fitting.

Sunlite SL20/BLB 20 Watt Spiral Energy Saving CFL Light Bulb Medium Base Blacklight Blue

Sunlite SL20/BLB 20 Watt Blacklight Bulb: This bulb can be fitted into a standard medium screw fitting (E26). It is compact in size and will easily fit inside most fittings. The bulb is fluorescent.

This is an energy efficient bulb with a 20 watt output which is the equivalent of a 75 watt incandescent bulb. The lifespan of the bulb is on average 8,000 hours of operation. It will also give a blue illumination to the room it is used in.

Satco S7277 13-Watt Medium Base T2 Mini Spiral, Black Light, 120V, Equivalent to 60-Watt Incandescent Lamp for Enclosed Fixtures

Satco S7277 13-Watt Medium Base Blacklight: This medium base screw bulb will fit in most standard screw light fittings. The bulb is fluorescent in nature. Its small size makes it easy suitable for many sizes of lamp.

Another energy efficient bulb, this has a 13 watt output which is the equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent bulb. The bulb will on average last for 10,000 hours of use. It is designed to be used in enclosed fixtures without a problem.

Ge40w 48" Blk Lgt Bulb

General Electric 48" Black Light: This is a four foot long fluorescent tube for use in standard fluorescent tube fittings. This can be used if a large area needs to be illuminated using only one fitting. Multiple tubes could be used to increase the coverage.

The tube will last for 20,000 hours on average. The output of the tube is 40 watts.

Globe 4761001 13-Watt Ultra-Mini Compact Fluorescent Spiral Bulb, Black, 4-Pack

Globe 4761001 13-Watt Ultra-Mini Compact Fluorescent Spiral Bulb: These bulbs are sold in packs of four. They are available in four different colours; black, blue, green and red. The bulbs will fit in most medium base screw fittings.

This energy saving bulb has an output of 13 watts which is equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent bulb. The lifespan is between 8 and 10,000 hours on average. The bulb comes with a 5 year warranty.

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      6 years ago

      very informative, thanks for sharing, Thumbs up.


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