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HALLOWEEN LIGHTING TIPS - BLACK LIGHTS
Black lights can be a great addition to your Halloween haunt and displays, and buying black light fixtures is the easiest way to add black light to your Halloween haunt. If you turn on a black light bulb in a dark room, what you can see from the bulb is a purplish glow. What you cannot see is the actual ultraviolet light that the bulb is producing. Our eyes can see the visible light in a spectrum ranging from red through orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. Above violet is ultraviolet light, which we cannot see.

halloween_lighting_blacklights_1.gif (17055 bytes)Black light fixtures come in a variety of sizes and powers, from mini-lights that are only 4 inches long to full length 4 foot units. Black light fixtures are available from many sources year round, including department stores, specialty shops and online. The price varies depending on the size of bulb the unit uses, and where you make your purchase. Avoid the incandescent bulb type black lights. While they generate a pretty color, they put our very little ultraviolet light. Stick with the fluorescent tube type.

Since UV light is not very strong and doesn't travel very far its important to use the right strength/size blacks lights to illuminate your Halloween props, decorations, etc. Use smalls (18" to 24") lights on smaller area and displays where you can position the unit(s) close. Use larger 4 foot units to cover large areas, scenes and props. When ever possible the black light unit should be positioned and/or camouflaged so that it cannot be seen by your visitors.

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Wearable fluorescent products come in a plethora of styles, including, Fingernail Polish, Body Paint, Hair spray, Wigs, Contact Lenses, Costumes, Masks, Decorations, Makeup, and the list goes on.

halloween_lighting_blacklights_4.jpg (8955 bytes)Costumes and masks that have glow-in-the-dark (fluorescent) properties make a great addition to your black light haunt. The Totally Skele-Bones costume available from Fun World has very realistic looking sculpted bones that glow in the dark, which makes them perfect for use under black lights. For more information on these great costumes and some spooky ways of using them see the Skeletons section.

halloween_lighting_blacklights_3.jpg (8615 bytes)Paint your Halloween props with glow paint to illuminate. Painting your props with this invisible fluorescent paint will make them glow eerily under black lights enhancing there overall effect. You can also use it on Halloween signs, costumes, masks, skeletons and other decorations.

halloween_lighting_blacklights_2.jpg (6073 bytes)If you have a graveyard scene with tombstones, you can trace over the epitaph's with glow in the dark fabric paint or pens. When it dries it should be transparent, but will glow eerily under the black light. If you have a graveyard scene with tombstones, you can trace over the epitaph's with glow in the dark fabric paint or pens. When it dries it should be transparent, but will glow eerily under the black light.

halloween_lighting_blacklights_8.jpg (7392 bytes)Did you know there's a Glow in the Dark Ouija Board are made by Parker Brothers/Hasbro? These are the weirdest Ouija boards available. They Glow very brightly under a black light. Although smaller than the standard Ouija board, the Glow In The Dark Ouija more than makes up for the size difference in the unusualness of it!

halloween_lighting_blacklights_11.jpg (11654 bytes)Use glow in the dark window paint to add to your decor. Write messages on windows that can't be seen until a black light hits it.  Write scary warning messages on your front walk using colored chalk or washable fluorescent paint. By dressing in black shirt and tights and spotting glow paint all over yourself, you can stand against a black wall and all that will be visible is the paint under a black light.

halloween_lighting_blacklights_6.gif (2852 bytes)If you need clothing, sheets, cotton rope (for rope spider webs), or other fabric to glow in the dark, you can soak it in Woolite laundry soap or RIT Whitener/Brightener for an hour or so. Wring it out and let it dry. It will glow bright blue.

halloween_lighting_blacklights_5.jpg (14512 bytes)The Black Light Hair Spray from Fun World is great for painting your props. This spray goes on nearly invisible and should be sprayed onto the prop as evenly as possible. It helps to spray the paint on while the prop is under a black light so you can actually see it. Painting your props with this invisible fluorescent paint will make them glow eerily under black lights enhancing there overall effect. You can also use it on Halloween signs, costumes, masks, skeletons and other decorations.

For the ultimate in black light power have a look at the Chauvet 400 black light unit. This 400 watt, high power, long throw black light fixture is powerful enough to create brilliant UV effects even in very large rooms. Covers an area of 25 x 50 feet and makes a great dance floor effect for DJs or night clubs. Integral ballast and hinged safety grill for easy lamp changes. Ready to go with included bulb! 110 volt. Dim: 16x17x21 in. Wt. 30 lbs. Retails for around $479.95

As with any electrical device, care must be taken to protect against electrocution and accidents. Make sure that the cord is hidden from view and not where it can be tripped over or snagged on. No electrical fixture should be used outdoors if the weather is bad, i.e. raining, very high humidity, etc.

Besure to visit Halloween Black Lights for all sorts of Black Light information and ideas!

 

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