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FAQ (Frequently asked questions)

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What are the instructions?

Which colours are the most efficient?

How long can they be stored?

Can the packaging be removed long before use?

Can it be turned off?

Are the product safe?

What happens if it leaks or breaks?

Are they disposable?

Glowstick, Lightstick or Cyalume®, it’s all the same?

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What are the instructions?

Products are made of two solutions stored separately within each of them. One of which is stored in a very thin capsule. A simple bend, snap and shake of the product breaks the glass capsule, causing the two solutions to mix, chemically react and result in the glow.



 

Which colours are the most efficient?

The brightness or intensity of the different colors varies with the formulation. This variation is due to the efficiency of conversion of the chemical energy to light. The Orange fluorescer is the most efficient at converting the chemical energy to light. The Green and Yellow fluorescers are the next most efficient. Cyalume Technologies can exercise control over the glow life and intensity or brightness of a device.


 

How long can they be stored?

Products have a shelf life from 2 to 5 years according to their specifications. The expiration date is indicated on the foil.


 

Can the packaging be removed long before use?

Due to the sensitivity to light and humidity, products are to be stored in their original wrapper or casing. Without this wrapper, the device’s shelf life can be measured in days versus years with the wrapper.

 

 

Can it be turned off?

All Cyalume Technologies chemical light devices, when activated, emit light in a decay curve. The light is brightest at the time of activation. The light emitted decreases in intensity with time.
All products are one-time use only and can not be re-activated after the chemical reaction has finished.

 

 

Are the products safe?

Products are safe, non hazardous, non toxic, non-flammable. They are not a source of heat or sparks. They can be used in confined spaces and can be stored in areas, which contain combustible mixtures of gases, or liquids where ordinary sources of light could cause an explosion or fire hazard. Cyalume® light roads are ATEX certified.
Working towards a safer environment, Cyalume® comply with REACH regulation and offer phthalate free products. All certificates and patents available on request.

 

 

What happens if it leaks or breaks?

This should not happen under normal use but might occur if you continue to bend the plastic once activated. Since the chemicals are non-toxic, they will not cause injury to skin or eyes. In the unlikely event of such contact, rinse thoroughly the affected areas with water. Please note that chemicals stain durably clothing or furniture.

 

 

Are they disposable?

They can be disposed of as household waste. Only waste which meet the regulatory definition of a hazardous waste are subject to the land disposal restrictions. Activated light sticks do not meet the definition of a Characteristic Hazardous Waste and therefore, under the regulations, can be disposed of as a solid waste in solid waste landfills and incinerators unless prohibited by site-specific solid waste facility restriction.

 

 

Glowstick, Lightstick or Cyalume®, it’s all the same?

No! Cyalume invest in R&D to develop efficient and safer products. Many suppliers use illegally Cyalume® protected brand names and try to copy Cyalume® formulations. Cyalume® defends its trademarks and patentrights, and engages legal actions against all who will infringe thier rights.