Glow sticks have become appreciated items in many parties, seasonal celebrations and other big events. They are very popular in amusement parks, carnivals and fairs. But it is not only during these festive moments that people buy and use glow jewelry but also in other places, such as the medical field, in search and rescue operations, in military and police use, and many other fields besides. The reason is that these glow sticks are very handy and portable and do neither need batteries nor electricity to give out light.
Wondering how this reaction takes place? These glow products are made up of two different chemicals, hydrogen peroxide and phenyl oxalate ester, along with a fluorescent dye. These chemicals are contained in two tubes, an inner glass vial, and an outer plastic casing. The substances are separated to prevent premature glow. To make the sticks glow, just bend the plastic tube in the center, breaking the inner glass. You will see two chemicals mix with each other. Shake the stick and there is the glow. The fluorescent dye that is mixed with the chemical gives the color of the light.