How Light Sticks Work?

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Light sticks are very popular in today's world, especially among professionals who find these sticks to be useful and an important instrument for their work. Other than camping and scuba diving purposes, these sticks can also be used to decorate discos and pubs. Scuba divers usually use these sticks for searching between the coral reefs.

At the time of earthquake, hurricane or fire we cannot use electricity as there are a lot of chances for short circuits. Hence, in these situations these sticks come handy. These sticks can even be used to decorate platforms for discos and pubs. Marriage halls and party halls can be decorated by these sticks thereby making them attractive and beautiful.

Different types of jewelry such as light earrings, light bracelets and light necklaces can also be made up of light sticks. These sparkle jewelry works equally well among boys and girls. There is a famous dance form named glow sticking in which the dancer uses different colored glow sticks for making different patterns in the air. Hence, these sticks can be used in many different forms and different ways. However, most of us have always wondered how these light sticks work?

The main attraction of a these is that they don't need electricity or any fuel to work. This thereby saves a lot of energy. The working of a these is based on a simple chemical reaction. In most of the sticks, light is produced from the reaction of hydrogen peroxide and phenol oxalate ester. In the stick, hydrogen peroxide is kept inside a thin walled glass tube and the ester is kept out of that walled glass tube. We can glow light sticks by bending or tapping it. When we bend or tap the stick, the glass tube breaks and the peroxide is released into the ester. This thereby forms peroxyacid ester.

The peroxyacid ester decomposes further as it is not so stable. When the decomposition of peroxyacid ester takes place, a lot of energy is produced. The fluorescent dye which is coated on the inner wall of the stick absorbs the energy produced in the reaction and light is released by the dye. The color of the light depends upon the color of the dye. If the dye is made with Rhodamine B, a red light will be produced and if the dye is made with Rubrene, it will produce a yellow light.

The working of a stick is similar to the working of a compact fluorescent light bulb or which we commonly know as CFL. The only difference between the CFL and light stick is that the energy is made from electricity in the former while the latter makes energy from chemical reaction. Light sticks are available in different sizes, colors, shapes and styles. Waterproof sticks available in the markets are mostly common among scuba divers. You can even purchase them online at a click of the mouse. So, choose as per your preference.

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