Sodium Glow

Sleep is not restful here. The clouds serve as reading lamps. The sodium vapor glows. Cloudless, moonless nights, I can see my feet. The darkness will not come. Night escapes we tired city dwellers. The sodium glows just as bright as before. The ancients knew what night was, They couldn't see their hands in front of their face. They went to sleep at dusk. We modern night owls fire up the street lights. The ugly sodium glow.

Topic by The Ideanator 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Glowing LED tie?

How to make glowing tie with LED diods?

Question by CyberTool 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Glow stick guide

Today I saw heaps of instructables about glow sticks. I searched for a glow stick guide and I found nothing. I can't be bothered enough to make a guide... So I'm just telling anyone who reads this topic; If you want to make a guide, make it about glow sticks.

Topic by HeyJD 8 years ago

Glow in the dark fabric

I dunno if u've seen the glow graffiti but it think its an awesome idea but not worth $50 just wanna take some fabric or canvas and make it glow in the dark... anyone know how i can do this?

Topic by orsinichris 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

glow in the dark bike

After getting hit by a car while riding at night (even though I had lights) I am considering powder-coating the frame of my bike with a glow in the dark additive. I was wondering if anyone had attempted this before, and if you had thoughts on it. Also, can you powder-coat spokes? I know powder-coating the rims is bad because it interferes with the brake pads functioning, but I'd really like my bike to be as visible as possible. 

Topic by luckbug 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Make it Glow Contest

Does anyone know what happened to the Make it Glow contest (ended 12/31)?  I can't find it anywhere on the site through general navigation (recently closed contests).  It was sponsored by Radio Shack and I now see in the Contest FAQ that "We recently discontinued our sponsor/prize provider program for sponsor contests."  Did the plug get pulled on this contest? Thank you!

Topic by skibum30 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Using like a coke plastic bottle or something. Inside the bottle has a colored fluid with letters floating around.

Question by Sheric 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

how to make homemade translucent plastic tube for making the glowing stick??

How to make homemade translucent plastic tube for making the glowing stick?? i'm really want to know.. thanks.

Question by q2tatu 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

help, i want to make a glowing logo with mobile phone lcd backlight ?

I have an lcd from my old LG GW 300 and it was blank white, last month I was read tutorial how to add glowing logo like apple mac and it use lcd backlight from portable game console but i forgot to bookmark the address link and now i confuse what to do ? I just want to light up the backlight of my phone lcd, it has very tiny flexy cable and I dont know which one to use ? thanks :)

Question by rannur 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Nitro Rc Glow Plug onborad glow plug ignition

So I'm relatively new to nitro rc and i had a few questions about on board glow plug ignition system  . I know the igniter is cheep and bla bla bla easy however... Can one be made ? I have often thought that i might be able to use a third channel off my receiver with a wire directly to the glow plug and at the flip of a switch the glow plug would ignite but i don't know if it would work and don't wanna spend the money on a receiver  to find out. Is there someone out there willing to give it a go and let me know?  Really my question would be at what voltage does a glow plug ignite? would a 7.2 volt battery do the trick? Are there any CHEEP systems out there?

Topic by telmore 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Free idea for the glowing contest

Here is a free idea for the glowing contest. I don't have the time or inclination to make it, so y'all can fight over who does it if you want.Basically, the idea is just a yellow or pale green led or series of leds that glow in the same pattern as female fireflies, in the theory that this will attract males to your garden or whatever. I know that you are supposed to get rid of extraneous light sources to attract fireflies, but this sounds like it could work to me. Feel free to do it, so long as you give me credit for the original idea in the first line of the ible.Doesn't anybody like it...even a little bit...?

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Instructable Idea: Glowing Pen

Okay, I had this great Idea for an Instructable that would turn a regular retractable ballpoint pen ( The ones you click to open), into one that would light up at the base, using an LED. The Problem is , I don't know how I would Put It together. If you have any ideas on how to do it or any help, you can post them all here. Any and all help is welcome and appreciated.

Topic by Creator75 9 years ago

Make It Glow Challenge Rules

The header says "LEDs, EL Wire and Lightbulbs".  Does your project have to include at least one of those, or can it be anything that glows? Thanks!

Topic by technoplastique 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

is it possible to repair a glow plug?

I use nitro rcs alot and use quite a bit of glow plugs and at five bucks each . i want to know if these are possible to repair or extend life

Question by mclovin7596 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Judging for Let It Glow! Extended!

The judging for the Let It Glow! contest has been extended to Midnight July 1, which is one day later than originally planned.Just for any of you who were clicking refresh every minute to see the results.(You know, not that I was.)

Topic by Bran 10 years ago

Glowing wood and resin furniture

Can't get these glowing wood and resin chairs that Bright Woods showed off in Milan recently out of my head. I know that some glowing furniture wouldn't quite work in my house, but I really would love to make something like it. So instead I'm putting it out there to all of you. Please do something with this idea and post it here. Bright Woods’ Tables and Chairs Captivate with an Engaging Glow

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Entire glow in the dark room?

Ignoring the practicalitites of expense, chemicals etc, would it be possible to paint and ENTIRE room, or at least a whole ceiling, in glow-in-the-dark paint? I'm thinking what would it be like to have an off-the-grid room that would have a useable amount of light, using glow-in-the-dark paint, for say 4 hours after sunset. Can anyone find any pictures of a room painted like this?

Topic by trialex 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Inexpensive glow in the dark writing

Desired effect:Paint a Wall or furniture write on it or draw then it fades 1 less than a minute then you can draw againMaterials:-1 UV LED (low power any chinese anti fake bill keychain will do)-Any surface -Common glow in the dark paint or powder Low grade Zinc sulfide glow in the dark paint (or strontium oxide aluminate glow in the dark paint ) We have to find a way to lower the performance of the compounds so that they glow for 10-40 seconds maximum instead of hours.WHAT IS NEEDED: A CHEMICAL DETERRENT TO LOWER THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PAINT: HELP IS NEEDED I DO NOT KNOW WHAT COMPOUND TO USE. (IT MUST DECREASE THE PERFORMANCE BUT NOT THE BRIGHTNESS in dim light)Help complete this instructable, (pretty please)

Topic by dejabox 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Glow in the Dark collars for Kitties

This is my first actual post though I've loved the site for a long time now. Anyhow I have two new cats, beautiful friendly, I love them to bits. The only trouble is they are very dark furred and there's been a couple of times they've hidden in plain sight. Me and my fiance are both worried about stepping on them I thought some glowing type collar would be cool. I've been searching the web for an answer and I can't really find anything so I decided to make one of my own. I have limited experience with electronics, I saw the post with an ewire I think it was called collar for dogs. I should be able to figure that out however the cat collar would be much smaller and I don't think it would comfortably sport the battery unit. I ditched the idea of glow in the dark paint (flaking and the cats probably wouldn't appreciate the fumes). I considered some glow-in-thedark hot glue.. but I don't know how to do that without making a collar look lik ea stiff, plasticy, mess. Maybe weaving some of the glow in the dark plastic laces into a collar kinda like the paracord bracelets? Anyone have any other ideas? Anyone heard of some glowing material or even glowing material dye? Thanks :)

Topic by sbabb 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Making an LED glow on and off

I have a throwie style LED I wish to make glow on and off. Can someone help me with the electronics here? is there anything I can simply solder on. I need something very small and preferably prebuilt as it's going in a very small container! An on/off cycle would be fine as well (but not as cool)

Topic by tim_n 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago

Make LED glow slowly? Answered

If you take a look at old Ibook G4 there is a stand-by LED that kind of glows slowly, I wonder what do i have to do to archive it, it would be perfect if it wound go dark completely yet would simply change brightness between say 70 and 100% so should i change voltage accordingly or? if yes then How? and wouldn't it be bad for the LED itself and for the battery, it is also important to mention that i'm going to use one or two AA batteries as a source. please help.

Question by pukikyo 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Make it glow contest disappeared?

I was entered in the make it glow contest. First it said it would end the 6th, and then it changed to the 12th and then after that it disappeared completely. It is not on the contests page  but i can access it from my account page where it says the contest is closed, however no finalists or winners are shown, only the entries. Do contests sometimes randomly get shut down? I also noticed that the prizes that were originally listed have changed. Thanks

Topic by toasteroven47 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

LED glow tubing question?

I am thinking of putting some glow tubing on the inside of my 14 foot jon boat, mainly for night fishing. It would also make it look really cool at night. The concept is simple, some of you may know - clear tubing from the hardware store, filled with water, with an LED in either end. This should light it up even if it is curved, right? I want to put long tubes running the length of the boat, on the inside groove of the side runners. That would mean 13+ feet of slightly curved glow tubing. I may have to end up splitting the glow sticks into smaller sections, but would like to see if I can do long single tubes. I'm concerned that the light will fade out in the middle considerably. I'm OK with it fading a little, but I don't want it to be noticeably bad. Will a narrower light beam help solve the problem? (found some 12 degree online) I will go for the narrowest beam and highest candlepower possible.  Am I on the right track? Got any advice?  Thanks a bunch

Question by catman529 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Let It Glow! Contest Winners

Instructables and Monkeylectric are happy to announce the winners of the Let It Glow! Contest. The competition for this one was pretty fierce. Some very creative and crafty people entered some amazing Instructables and will be providing inspiration to other makers for a long time to come. The efficient LED was the most common tool of illumination, but there were also glowing bulbs, EL wire, candles, and even algae. It was a good show put on by all.If you didn't win, we highly recommend you check out the prize, the m132s from Monkeylectric. The pictures of it are fantastic and it looks even better in person.OK, on with the winners! Third PrizeThe authors of these Instructables will each receive an LED Throwie kit and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. 1up Mario Candle Animate with light Audio Visual Art....FOTC Style Building your own ambient color lighting bars Goldie's Toxic Waste Barrels Grow Your Own Bioluminescent Algae How to make an Iron Man Arc Reactor Light Bar Ambient Lighting LED Disco Light in a Jar! The Lucid Dream Machine Model Rocket LED Glow Effects Razor Scooter Underglow Double Mod! Second Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive one (1) m132 bike wheel light, and an Instructables Robot t-shirt £5 Japanese lamp from recycled materials Animating Multilayered Engravings FlashBack - Backpack, Camelbak or Jersey Integrated LED Bike Flashers LED matrix using shift registers First Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive a set of two (2) m132s bike wheel lights and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment turn signal biking jacket

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Rechargeable LED Glow Hoops

This hoop is assembled using ProdMod instructions and materials. It's rechargeable, collapsible, stays lit up to 6 hours, is quiet, durable and contains 21 leds - 7 blue, 7 green and 7 slow or fast color changing lights. All hoops are soldered for optimum durability. 40" diameter.Charges in about an hour!Charger is small and compact just like your cell phone charger. Weighs only 5 oz. Easy to carry in your purse or travel bag. Only one simple wire to connect to your hoop. An easy to read indicator light tells when its charged. Charge at any time, no need to wait for the lights to die out.Custom colors and sizes also available. Inquire. or

Topic by HoopElements 10 years ago

Anelace, Inc. - A glowing review

I hadn't even heard of this company before today, and I'm quite impressed with them. Anelace, Inc. makes those lovely binary LED clocks and distributes them to resellers. I got one of their "Crystal Blue" clocks under the Discovery Channel Store name five or six years ago as a birthday present, and recently one of the LEDs failed. Since they're surface-mount LEDs, I was having difficulty figuring out which of the hundreds of items on the dozens of pages in the DigiKey catalog to order, so I quickly found the manufacturer (Anelace) through Google and fired off an email hoping for information about the LED specs. I sent this email at 9:33 this morning. At 11:59, I received a reply from "Lyle" saying that it was unusual for two LEDs to fail in this fashion, and he wanted to mail me a new clock, and have me send back the mainboard from the old one so they could test it. Even after I explained that only one of the LEDs had actually failed, and I had clumsily crushed the other with a too-large caliper, he still wants to send me a new clock. I find this amazing for a number of reasons: Very prompt reply. I'm used to waiting days for customer service to get back to me. Under two and a half hours is phenomenal. Personal reply. This guy actually read my email and responded to it, rather than simply sending back a form letter. Interest in the problem. Rather than just sending me a new one to shut me up, they want to know what went wrong. As Lyle put it, "I'd like to see if there is anything we can learn to improve our design/quality/reliability." This one's the biggie. They want me to take it apart. In a world of epoxy-sealed cases and more security screws than anyone can keep track of, he was even willing to send me instructions on how to pull out the circuit board. I'm not writing this to encourage people to try to bum clocks off this company; rather, I'm writing this to encourage people to support them. Anelace doesn't sell these clocks directly, but there are several retailers that do. Consider this my unpaid endorsement of a customer-friendly and personable company.

Topic by CameronSS 8 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

how would you recommend making a cone out of plexiglass, about 2 inches in hight and 3/2 inches in diameter?

Im trying to make a glowing led cone, but i am not sure on how to go making the cone out of plexiglass. is there a way to form one? with a flat piece of plexiglass that is.

Question by brettwad 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How to make glow in the dark pebbles?

How to make glow in the dark pebbles?  (that will glow several/many days/weeks)

Question by marciacatt 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Question by alex and neetu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

how to make glow in the dark paint for a room?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

how to make glow in the dark paint for a room?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

whats the purpose of the glowing ice bulb ?

Question by curtis44 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Glowing Mountain Dew - Chemical Reaction

Check this out:Glowing Mountain Dew on MetacafeDoes anyone know what is reacting with the baking soda and peroxide? We haven't really gotten into the chemistry portion in Science class yet. Thanks!

Topic by Bran 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how to make a glow driver for cheap?

I use nitro rcs very often and use glow drivers very fast and want to save a little money

Question by mclovin7596 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Why is my sodium chlorate glowing? Answered

I was making some sodium chlorate using, but instead of using some 9v, i put a bridge rectifier on to my AC power (i live in south Africa so 240v) and the I put what i hope was DC into the salt water, which began to glow and made a noise. Why was it glowing and is there any danger to let it run for 2 hours?

Question by BOOM5601 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

A Small Typo in Make It Glow Contest

I was looking at this year's Make it Glow contest page and I noticed a small typo. The little rules blub on the bottom of the right sidebar lists the contest as open until January 16th, 2014 when the official rules and the countdown list the contest as ending the 6th. It's not a big deal, I just thought I would point it out. In case it for some reason matters: OS: Windows 7 Browser: Firefox 24.0 and Chrome 30.0.1599.69 (tried both)

Topic by Toglefritz 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Glow in the dark paint for styrofoam balls

Hello, I made a Zelda-style fairy (as seen in this guide I was thinking that I might be able to give the styrofoam ball a little more character when not lit up if I could give it a light coat of paint. If there's a glow in the dark paint I can use for this, even better. I don't want to add so much paint that it will smother the light when it's switched on. I know spray paint will melt styrofoam, so that's out. Would I be able to sort of dry-brush acrylic paint used for miniatures onto it? I have a few pots of Citadel paint on hand, or I can always run to the craft store. Heck would food coloring work? Or is the whole idea more trouble than it's worth? Thanks for any help Dave

Topic by DaveOfMutilation 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Custom Glow Table: need ideas!

Hello everybody! First of all i'd just like to say I just made an account but have been using this site for years and love you guys =] I have this idea for a tv stand / table and I am stuck. attached is a drawing of my table (tried my best). The idea is a table made out of a recycled door as the table top, clear 6'' diameter and 2' long tubes as the legs, a liquid that reacts to blacklight inside the legs of the table such as laundry soap to fill the inside of the legs, and one small waterproof fan in each of the front legs to create a vortex inside the tube. So essentially I want a table with legs made of clear tubes with a glowing tornado in each front leg and a black light mounted under the table to light em' up! I need help figuring out what would be the best / cheapest material to use to create the front legs. Also what type of fan to use that is waterproof and will have enough torque to turn the water. Any help is appreciated!!  

Topic by stupidmagnoopid 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

can anybody give circuit for LEDS slowly glowing to full brightness in sequence

I want three LEDS to glow one by one in a sequence glowing to full brightness and then dieing out 

Question by sanjay117 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

where can i get under glow for my R/C car?

Question by adrian gumba 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Do people make requests for instructables too? + growing glowing geodes + making your own slime

Hey, I saw a instructible or two featured on here that reminded me of something that has prompted a question in my mind. Is there a typical way that people make requests for instructibles, aside from comments on existing instructables, or here in the forum? Or is this forum the typical place (I haven't scanned through to find out on my own)? Anyway, I have a request that I'll try to lay out here... In a badass local toy/education/science shop, they sell these kits of weird or "gross" science experiments. Like growing glowing geodes, making volcanoes, making glowing slime...stuff like that. The problem is, these kits are a bit pricey, but they DO have an ingredients list on the outside of the box. I took photos of the kits/lists in the store, with the idea that I could probably find info online to be able to replicate the "experiments" more cheaply by picking up the components elsewhere. I haven't gotten around to it, and so I thought Instructables would be the perfect place for people that would do the same thing and share the info to all of us. Specifically, I really want to do that glowing geode thing. Some of the other kits were pretty spiffy too, but I don't have the info in front of me to give you further details. (I'm sure I could google around, and eventually I'm sure I will).

Topic by Subvert 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

does anyone know how to make glow in the dark tennis balls (or have some suggestions)? Answered

I need help making glow in the dark tennis balls for a friend. these tennis balls will actually be used for tennis, and should be able to be seen clearly in the dark. If you have any ideas on how to get a tennis ball to glow in the dark, suggestions on glow in the dark paint, or anything else relating to this project, I would be glad to hear about it.

Question by biolethal 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

what powders glow under black lights?

I am wanting to show my girl scout troop how germs spread. Thought If i could find a poweder that would glow under black we could show the spread.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Where can I buy glow in the dark rigid plastic sheet ?

You know the stuff those glow in the dark stars are made from? Where in the uk can I buy a sheet of that maybe a4 size. Thanks!

Question by robives 3 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

How do I increase the glow time of luminol? Answered

How do I increase the glow time of luminol? And what is the safest mixture of chemicals that I can use for chemiluminescence? I'd like to avoid using highly hazardous chemicals like potassium hydroxide if possible. Ideally my mixture would glow for a few minutes once activated.

Question by randofo 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how do you get glow pigment into quartz (or other stones)?

I've seen a few people selling "glow in the dark natural quartz."  Obviously they've taken pieces of quartz and somehow saturated them with glow in the dark pigment of some type.  So I'm curious now.  How'd they do that?!  Anybody have any thoughts?

Topic by aliasjanedoe 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How to make glowing nights stars in your ceiling? Answered

i have seen some ceiling that gives glows stars like effect. Would be good to learn it over here?

Question by uloveonce 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What can I make with glow in the dark paint? Answered

Question by harry potter rules 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago