The most common and best-selling sources of light for your parties and even for safety measures are glow sticks.
If you’re not familiar with them, glow sticks are a transluscent plastic tube holding a glass ampoule suspended within it which, when broken, causes the substances to mix together, provide the chemiluminescent light. The stick’s primary substances are hydrogen peroxide solution, which is found in the outer casing, and phenyl oxalate with fluorescent dye solution, which is contained in the inner glass capsule. The plastic tube is flexible and can be bent without breaking it. When you bend the stick, the glass breaks and the mixture creates a chemical reaction scientists call chemiluminescence, which causes light to be emitted without the creation of excess heat.
In terms of safety, glow sticks are perfect for walking at night, hiking, even diving and swimming. They glow just fine in extremes of temperature and are not doused by water, so they’re ideal in all environments you might get into. Likewise, glow bracelets and glow necklaces help mark you to others without taking up your hands to hold them.
For entertainment purposes, glow sticks are widely used in the dance called glowsticking, a form of dancing using the flashing sticks to accentuate your movements. Likewise, another form of glowsticking called “glowstringing” involves shoe strings — sometimes glowing shoe laces — swung around in artful ways. (See our blog on glowsticking for more.)