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Captain Hazzard
Captain Hazzard

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Location: Truro, UK
Member Since: 3rd Jan 2003
Total posts: 420
Posted:anyone seen these before?

if they work, they'd be fantastic!
i think they're more likely to be too good to be true though. no batteries or bulbs and a ten year glow?


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sunbeam
sunbeam

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Location: Madrid
Member Since: 20th Nov 2001
Total posts: 1032
Posted:they glow but they're very very tiny. 4.5cm long and they don't glow brightly enough to be effective as poi.



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Captain Hazzard
Captain Hazzard

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Posted:maybe a couple of them could be bunched together for a better effect?

or even strung into a chain?


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Astar
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Member Since: 8th Nov 2002
Total posts: 1591
Posted:Well the concept seems plausible. I have a feeling they probably do last for 10 days, but they probably wont be nearly as bright as regular glowsticks or LED products, but brighter then the regular long life glow products were used to (those glow stickers you put on the ceiling) The only other long life glowing material is tritium which is fairly expensive and puts off small amounts of radiation, although it's harmless in small application (like coating the numbers on a watch face with tritium, something you see in a lot of high price analog watches, although it's dissapearing with timexes indiglo being sold to many other watch companies)

Theres a couple of other radio active materials that glow which are far more harmful then tritium and I really doubt you would ever see them in consumer level products in any first world country.



Astar
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Posted:or maybe a whole bunch of them could be made to make a almost chain mail-esque like set of clothing , which would look neat before you actually break your glowsticks or light up your lights (especially if it's really dark)


Noir_deluxe
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Location: Canada
Member Since: 30th Jul 2003
Total posts: 58
Posted:Um, it said these things last for 10 YEARS Astar, not 10 days. Was that a typo?
I looked at the website, and they seem ok, if you got enough of em, you could attach like four on each chain or something, and then swing em. Could be cool, but overall expensive. 4x14 pounds, all multiplied by 2? Thats alot. And its only available in the UK tho... Sucks for us Canadians. IF only we were still a dominion of Great Britain. Sigh


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Astar
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Posted:It was a typo


squarefish
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Location: the state of flux
Member Since: 23rd Sep 2002
Total posts: 403
Posted:Yep, the site says 10 years, alright.

Here's the science bit (lifted tooth and claw from the website, naughty I know, but hey ..)

"Each traser is a small hollow glass tube, which has been internally coated with a phosphorous material, injected with a special gas and then sealed by a laser. The gas inside the tube excites the phosphor, which creates a cold light that will glow for ten years without any external power source. "

If I had to take a guess (and I will) I'd say that the gas mentioned is a very slightly radioactive one such as Radon or some sort of other noble gas isotope type thingy.


Good idea tho, but I'd say that they probably loose their intensity over the 10 year life span.



Eera
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Location: In a test pit, Mackay
Member Since: 29th May 2003
Total posts: 1107
Posted:These are better known as Beta lights and can be found way more cheaply at fishing stores where they are used as lures.

Be warned, they are very fragile, being made of phosporescent glass filled with tritium and glow from the radioactive decay.


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Dentrassi
Dentrassi

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Location: Brisbane
Member Since: 9th Apr 2003
Total posts: 3044
Posted:quote: glow from the radioactive decay.
does that mean ill start growing an extra eye and a convenient third arm?


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Dunc
Dunc

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Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:I think they're way way to expensive, the battery powered LED ones on here are much better value and look sharp as hell :-)

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-[ld50]-
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Location: Bournemouth
Member Since: 14th Jul 2002
Total posts: 27
Posted:I agree the battery powered LED sticks are great, but have a look at the krill lamps here .
A bit pricey, but I might take a trip to the shop to check 'em out in the flesh...


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zeuya
zeuya

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Location: Manchester
Member Since: 30th Oct 2003
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Posted:the krill lamps look really cool, but my only worry with things like that is, you spend a fortune on them and one day the thing flies off in the middle of spinning and either hits someone and or smashes into a billion pieces. if a glow stick came off, its only like a quid for a new one bot thise are like 20 quid each, and some how i doubt are designed to be spun at high speed.
.... they do look really cool though!



-[ld50]-
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Location: Bournemouth
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Posted:I know what you mean - 20 a lamp is loads , I'll be reseving judgement til I've actually seen one in the shop - hopefully this weekend.

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vanize
vanize

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Location: Austin, Texas
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Posted:Krill lamps break pretty easily - in terms of poi at least. There are probably ways to make them tougher though.

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-[ld50]-
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Location: Bournemouth
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Posted:quote:Originally posted by vanize:
Krill lamps break pretty easily - in terms of poi at least. There are probably ways to make them tougher though. Boo!
There was me thinking impact resistant implied a bit of toughness I guess I could still use 'em to light my way at free parties!


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vanize
vanize

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Location: Austin, Texas
Member Since: 21st Aug 2001
Total posts: 3899
Posted:they last a while, but not long enough to make them cheaper than glowsticks.

you want something tough? try Glo-Toobs
these things are tough as nails. they have a few drawbacks (like they'll crack your skull if you don't watch it), but they are the best LED units I have found yet for spinning. Put some clear rubber hose (surgical tubing type) around them to make them less dangerous.

[ 13. November 2003, 11:59: Message edited by: vanize ]


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Eera
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Location: In a test pit, Mackay
Member Since: 29th May 2003
Total posts: 1107
Posted:quote: does that mean ill start growing an extra eye and a convenient third arm?
I wouldn't worry too much Dentrassi; I've been hanging around in a radioactive isotope lab for a few years and still can't cling to walls and look like crap in Lycra.

I feel that my comics have been lying to me all this time.


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