We strongly feel that there is nothing cooler than a glow-in-the-dark party. Black lights are the ultimate theme to host for any type of event.
There is confusion about if black lights are UV or some other color. We debunk this scientific mystery once and for all. We also go over some excellent ideas on the best décor that glows with UV lights.
this is the complete guide all about glow parties & blacklights
✔️ We’ll help you find cheap prices by sharing where to rent glow lights online. Continue reading & light it up under budget!
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How to Use Black Lights for Glow in the Dark Parties
For starters you probably want to know does neon glow under a black light? Yes! Any bright highlighter color will glow.
We recommend using the following colors:
orange works too!
Is UV light the same as black light? First, we have to do some research 🤔 It was weird but we noticed there are a couple of common misspellings that popped up.
Some people were searching for ‘black loghts’ as well as ‘black lifht’…. anyways before we get too off-topic let’s geek out a little bit!
So let’s answer the question of how a black light works. A black-light is a type of UV light that emits ultraviolet radiation. This wavelength is shorter than the visible range of electromagnetic radiation. It has a lamp that uses a special phosphorescent coating.
Phosphorescent has a slow release of energy. The light sends out UVA spectrum radiation that is absorbed by bright neon-colored things. That is technically how a black light works. It allows decorations to glow in the dark at parties.
Black lights are used for all types of parties & celebrations. It is not only used for younger themed events but also neon black lights are set up for a variety of occasions.
Common themes & places to use black lights:
live production entertainment
nightclubs & dance venues
church party lock-ins
school gyms & dances
high school up-all-night parties
seasonal holidays (like Halloween)
glow-in-the-dark haunted houses
city festivals & community events
Black light parties have one thing in common. They need a form of black lighting for a neon party effect. The great thing about having a UV light party is that things glow and are made extremely bright.
It kicks up your décor a couple of notches. If you could see before & after pictures it would blow your mind! Just look at the blacklight videos in this article to get a feel for how much these lights help enhance your guest experience.
One of the main questions we get asked about blacklight parties is how do you set up glow in the dark décor? When you throw a blacklight party, your guests will expect to have supplies.
Wedding guests that want to be amazing go above & beyond to have their event attire match your event theme. It’s fun for them to get creative and work their personalities into things that glow.
Common ideas for things that glow in the dark:
fun neon hats for guests
fluorescent colored balloons
bright colored tassels
paint/powder that glows in the dark
white cotton gloves
glow in the dark duct tape
neon glow stickers
light up centerpieces
neon fiber-optic wands
foam glow sticks
light up glow rings
old school plastic glow sticks
everything listed above in our list is easy to buy & doesn’t cost a lot
It requires minimal effort to set up (unless you are doing a neon balloon arch or a balloon drop at your blacklight party). We recommend searching online companies or browsing a local store that sells blacklight party supplies. It’s that simple!
Decorations are just the tip of the iceberg. You can get creative & start using highlighters with tonic water to make glow solutions, bubbles & smoke.
🎬 We’ve included a video above that shows a small sample of what is possible for blacklight décor when combined with phosphors.
Your black light party requires A LOT of lighting. Back in the day, you would rent big blacklight cannons to cover larger spaces. However, with recent technology, you no longer need to rent large black light fixtures. All this requires is several powerful lights placed in well-thought-out areas.
The best black light spotlights will cover a gymnasium or huge area that holds over 200 guests. Depending on your size you only need 2 – 8 lights to get things glowing.
find out how many blacklights you need to rent for your space
How many blacklights do you need to rent? We’ve included a tool above to help determine the right quantity of UV lights to rent. This will calculate the number of lights to rent from room dimensions, square feet & the number of people.
Want to cover your room in lighting? Then you need uplighting. These lights can use the traditional UV color setting.
We feel using a dark purple/blue color does even more justice. Try working in alternating bright highlighter colors with your uplighting. Click to find out how many uplights to rent.
💡 This blacklight effect works best elevated on a stand & aimed at your audience. This allows decorations to light up from UV light.
So before the whole online renting of black lights existed you had to hire a local vendor. This can come at a more expensive price.
The main reason why is because you have to pay for their labor and time to set up the rentals. This prevents you from renting cheap black lights and staying under budget.
how much are black lights… get it done for cheap going DIY
So what is a DIY black light party? This is when you do it yourself instead of hiring a company. Cheap blacklight rentals give the right look & are easy to set up.
Best of all, you save money because all you are paying for is shipping the rentals. To see how much money you can save click the rental links above.
I remember as a kid trying to find the best places to buy black lights near me. All my friends would ride their bikes up to the local gag & gifts store.
They sold these small cheap black lights for $19.99. You needed (10) of them to light a neon party, they broke easily & they really didn’t do much.
later in life, we found out these lights were made for fish tanks
Newsflash, we’re not kids anymore. Now you find affordable blacklight rentals from online DIY companies. These lights are the powerful versions we talked about earlier (better than fish tank lights).
Instead of paying expensive prices to buy lights, rent them online for less. Ship Our Wedding® has UV lights for rent. They ship to you 2-days before your event with a 5-day rental. Ship them back after your event is done just like in the video above.
online UV light rentals are the future 🔮
Online blacklight rentals are so fast to set up. Just plug it in & aim it. Ship Our Wedding® lights feature a digital menu on the back for brightness & strobing control. Rent the stand for better results.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about UV black lights! This style of lighting holds a special place in our hearts.
It reminds us of days when we were younger with fewer responsibilities. We hope our guide is exactly what you need so that you can plan an epic glow-in-the-dark party your guest will rave about.
ask us if you still have questions on how to use black light lighting
Just because you need powerful lights doesn’t mean you have to pay more money. You can rent our DIY black light kits at a fraction of the cost.
Our #1 goal is to help you get blacklights on a budget so that you can do more with your decorations. Let us know if there is any way we can help transform your do-it-yourself party.
XO Team Ship
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