GLOW IN THE DARK

There’s nothing like a glow-in-the-dark bong, pipe or rolling tray to set the vibes right. Whether you are chilling in your backyard under the stars

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cozy in bed about to drift off into a big puffy cloud of smoke or watching your favorite series beyond stoned, a glow-in-the-dark bong is sure to elevate the sesh. The brilliant glow alone will be sure to light the way wherever your high takes you.

And forget about fumbling around in the dark for your lighter. The glow of your bong will bring it out from the shadows, so you can blaze with the ultimate peace of mind, as if surrounded by fireflies. 

But what is behind this magical, firefly luminescent effect? 

So how do glow in the dark bongs work? 

Bongs and any other glow-in-the-dark product use phosphors, a non-toxic substance that gives off light when exposed to light. Phosphors are engineered from natural rare earth compounds. Essentially, they absorb light/photons from the sun or fluorescent lamps and release that stored energy at night. 

How do you charge glow-in-the-dark glass?

For most glow-in-the-dark items, normal light is all you need, for instance, sunlight or light from fluorescent lamps. If the item is UV reactive, it will need UV light instead of sunlight in order to glow. Generally, the longer the glass is left under the light the more energy it stores and the brighter it will glow at night.

How does UV reactive glass work?

Glass is considered UV reactive when it contains Uranium oxide. UV light excites electrons beyond their ground state, triggering the release of photons from the glass. That’s why the glass appears to glow but it requires UV light specifically to charge and become activated.

Are glow in the dark bongs safe? 

Glow-in-the-dark bongs are non-toxic and perfectly safe. The phosphors that give off the glow in smoking accessories are used in everything from those cute glow-in-the-dark stars for ceiling to paint and children’s toys. So if it’s safe for kids, it’s safe for us stoners too. 

Types of glow in the dark bongs

Almost any style bong can glow-in-the-dark but generally it’s made from borosilicate glass or food-grade silicone. The most common styles with this feature include beakers, straight tubes, ice catcher bongs and percolator bongs. 

Popular glow in the dark bongs and pipes

Here are some of the most popular glass and silicone glow in the dark smoking accessories for sale.

Glassblowing glowing bongs

Molten borosilicate glass is rolled phosphor powder and placed into the furnace repeatedly in order to achieve the full glow-in-the-dark effect.

In the glassblowing process phosphors must be particularly handled with care. The average furnace temperature used in blowing glass can go beyond 2000 °F but many phosphors have melting points under this threshold. That means that an inexperienced glassblower using the wrong phosphor could lead to an explosion.

So next time you take a hit from your favorite piece, just remember the beauty, science and care that went into your beautifully blown glass glow-in-the-dark bong. 

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