Re: Re; Glow stcks
Byron Hynes (bph@SA-YK.CIRCLEAIR.CA)
Wed, 1 Oct 1997 18:00:53 -0600
A glow stick has a very long shelf life before it's "used". I was going
to say forever, but I suppose eventually, the plastic holding the
chemicals apart could deteriorate, but I'm sure were talking decades (UV
might speed it up).
Once the light is "snapped" and the chemicals mix, a reaction takes
place. This reaction can be slowed down by cold weather (i.e. the
freezer), but it won't postpone it indefinately. I can also attest that
they work just fine outside at well below -20C, so unless you have a
VERY cold freezer it's not going to make a big difference, although it
will extend the glow time some (and lower the amount of light output).
Once the glowing is started by snapping the plastic and mixing the
chemical, you cannot turn it off. Cold will only slow it down.
As for games, I'm sure you can picture us playing "capture the
glowstick" with rules remarkably like capture the flag, except in the
dusk/dark. The local June 21 midnight golf tournament uses glow-balls
(golf balls with little tiny glow sticks) for the games that aren't in
full light. (Gotta think the Arctic is good for something). Glow-bowling
is apparently available in some citys.
- Byron Hynes
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lorie McGraw [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 1997 7:38 AM
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> Subject: Re; Glow stcks
> Isn't it true that glow sticks can be stored indefinitely in the
> freezer. I
> heard also that those glow circles that they sell at the 4th of July
> fireworks can be recharged in the freezer. Can you recharge glow
> sticks the
> same way? If this is true, I'll be watching for the post-Halloween
> sales and
> pick up a bunch for Day Camp/ Webelos Overnighter and pop them in the
> Thanks, Judith for the games idea. Good alternative to flashlights!
> other glow stick games out there?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City