The Best UV + Black Lights for Neon Glow Parties

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you can do it yourself!

We strongly feel there is nothing cooler than a glow-in-the-dark party. Black lights are the ultimate theme to host for any type of event.

 You need 2 or 4 blacklights on a stand & maybe 10 uplights 

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

Why use glow lighting at black-light parties?

  • Ambiance: Glow lighting in the form of neon decorations and fluorescent paint can create a unique and exciting ambiance at a black light party. It can be used to highlight certain areas of the party, such as the dance floor or a specific room.
  • Visual Interest: Glow lighting adds visual interest to a party, as the bright, glowing colors draw the eye and create a fun and playful atmosphere.
  • Cost-effective: Glow lighting is relatively cost-effective and can be used to create a black light party atmosphere without spending a lot of money on expensive lighting equipment.
  • Safety: Glow lighting is relatively safe, as it does not produce heat or emit harmful radiation.
  • Variety: There are many different types of glow lighting available, including neon decorations, fluorescent paint, and UV-reactive beads, so you can choose the one that best fits your party theme and budget.
  • Creativity: Glow lighting allows for a lot of creativity, as you can use it to create a variety of different effects and designs.

We covered how to light large areas now we’ll do it with black lights. You need powerful spotlights for the best coverage on a budget. This is especially true for gyms, banquet halls, backyard weddings, & large rooms.

✔️ We help you find cheap prices by sharing how to rent glow lights online. Read more & light it up under budget!

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How Does a Black Light Work

For starters you probably want to know does neon glow under a black light? Yes! Any bright highlighter color will glow.

What colors to use for black light parties?

  • fluorescent green

  • hot pink

  • bright yellow

  • teal blues

  • 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 discuss 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.

What is a Black Light Used for

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.

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

  • wedding receptions

  • music videos

  • 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 in highlighter colors.

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 for how much these lights help enhance your guest experience.

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Black Light Party Decor & Ideas

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.

  1. Understand UV Reactive Items:
    • Black lights make certain materials fluoresce or glow in the dark. Look for items that are UV-reactive, such as white clothing, neon colors, fluorescent paints, and certain types of fabrics.
  2. Create a Glow-in-the-Dark Space:
    • Use black lights to turn a space into a glowing wonderland. Consider decorating with UV-reactive elements like posters, tapestries, and glowing accessories to create a visually stunning environment.
  3. Glowing Decorations:
    • Enhance your party or event by incorporating UV-reactive decorations. Neon balloons, glowing streamers, and fluorescent tablecloths can create a lively and immersive experience.
  4. UV Face and Body Paint:
    • Offer UV-reactive face and body paints for guests to use. It can be a fun and interactive way to add a touch of glow to the party, especially in dark or low-light environments.
  5. Highlight Art and Posters:
    • Use black lights to highlight specific artworks or posters. Certain colors and elements in artwork can pop under UV light, creating a dynamic and visually interesting display.
  6. Create UV Art:
    • Experiment with UV-reactive paints to create artwork that comes to life under black light. Consider using these paints on canvases, walls, or even on clothing for a unique artistic touch.
  7. Glowing Drinks:
    • Serve drinks with UV-reactive elements. Tonic water, certain sodas, and specialty cocktails with fluorescent ingredients can add an extra element of surprise to the party.
  8. UV-Reactive Clothing and Accessories:
    • Encourage guests to wear clothing and accessories that react to black light. White and neon colors tend to stand out, and you can even have a UV-reactive dress code for a themed event.

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.

What ideas & things glow in the dark?

  • fun neon hats for guests

  • fluorescent colored balloons

  • bright colored tassels

  • paint/powder that glows in the dark

  • psychedelic posters

  • white cotton gloves

  • glow in the dark duct tape

  • neon glow in the dark party 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.

Decorations are the tip of the iceberg. Get creative using highlighters with tonic water to make glow solutions, bubbles & smoke.

🎬 The video above is a small sample of what is possible for blacklight décor when combined with phosphors.

How Many Black Lights in Large Area

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 to rent for large rooms

1. Amount of Guests

Find out how many blacklights to rent for your party using guest count.

2. Total Square Feet

Find out how many up blacklights to rent for your party using total sq footage.

3. Dimensions of Room

Find out how many blacklights to rent for your party using room size.



How many blacklights do you need to rent? The tool above helps determine the right quantity of UV lights to rent. This calculates 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 much does uplighting cost?

💡 This blacklight effect works best elevated on a stand & aimed at your audience. This allows decorations to light up from UV light.

How Much Black Lights Cost

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.

Rent Blacklights Online

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 $29.99. You needed (20) of them to light a neon party in a small room, they broke easily & 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.

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How Will You Plan a Neon Glow Party

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.

here are some more questions & answers on how to use black light lighting

How do I plan a memorable black light party?

Planning a memorable black light party involves choosing the right venue, creating a neon-inspired theme, and incorporating UV-reactive elements. Explore our guide for step-by-step tips on hosting an unforgettable event.

Which colors glow under black light?

Colors that glow under black light, also known as UV-reactive or fluorescent colors, include neon shades like bright yellows, pinks, oranges, and greens. Explore our guide to discover the full spectrum of colors that come to life under UV light.

What makes certain colors glow under black light?

The glow under black light is caused by phosphors in certain materials that react to UV radiation. These phosphors absorb UV light and emit visible light, creating the vibrant and illuminating effect that is characteristic of black light parties.

What decorations work well for a black light party?

Decorate your black light party with fluorescent balloons, glow sticks, neon tablecloths, and UV-reactive paint. Our curated collection ensures your venue is transformed into a vibrant and visually stunning space.

How can I create DIY black light party decorations on a budget?

Hosting a black light party on a budget is easy with our DIY decoration ideas. Discover creative and cost-effective ways to make glowing centerpieces, neon signs, and other UV-reactive elements for a dazzling party setup

What are some fun activities for a black light party?

Keep guests entertained with glow-in-the-dark games, fluorescent body paint stations, and UV-reactive photo booths. Our guide outlines unique activities to enhance the fun and excitement at your black light event.

Can I rent black light equipment for my party

Yes, enhance your black light party with our professional-grade equipment. Explore our rental options for UV-reactive black lights and other lighting effects to take your event to the next level.

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 you can do more with decor. If you have any questions give us a call or message us on chat.

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With a combined (4) decades in the industry; we’ve trained hundreds, booked thousands, & partied with millions. Our first-hand experience allows us to empower others to succeed & be great… (read full bio)

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With a combined (4) decades in the industry; we’ve trained hundreds, booked thousands, & partied with millions. Our first-hand experience allows us to empower others to succeed & be great… (read full bio)

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