The Best Glow Sticks

Glow Sticks Are Fun!

A favorite staple of dances at conferences are the glow sticks worn by both children and adults. They come in a variety of colors and lengths. When we recently purchased a large amount of glow sticks for a regional conference, we tried to research online the best brand of glow sticks. There is not much information available, mostly that the Lumistick seems to be highest quality.

Lumistick 8 Inch Glow Sticks | Bendable Glowstick Necklace and Bracelet | Kids Safe & Non-Toxic Illuminating Bangles and Necklet | Bendable Light Up Neon Jewelry Pack (Assorted, 1000 Glow Sticks)
  • 1000 PACK OF 8 INCH ASSORTED GLOW STICKS: You will receive 8-inch glow sticks 1000 Piece, all carefully packed into our iconic Lumistick cardboard tube. Plenty to go around each glow stick bundle will arrive in a Lumistick tube. Get the most out of these sticks for decoration and fun. You can enjoy the vibrant display of colored light trails. Make sure you get the best glow sticks by using this brand.
  • LONG LASTING LIGHT: Enjoy the glow radiating from your wrist glowsticks for up to 12 hours. After activation, these cool glowsticks will be at their brightest for 8-10 hours, then slowly fade. Choose from our array of colors and color combinations or get the assorted pack.
  • INCLUDES CONNECTORS FOR DIY JEWELRY: Each of our glowstick sets comes with the same number of connectors so you can turn them into Lumistick bracelets or necklaces. Use your creativity and get the most out of these sticks for decoration and fun.
  • SAFE AND NON TOXIC: Our powerful glowsticks contain two chemicals that glow when mixed together (when the stick is bent and the inner tube is broken). Lumisticks glowsticks are non-toxic, non-flammable non-radioactive, and can be easily washed off the skin or clothes with ordinary soap if necessary.
  • UP TO 2 YEARS OF SHELF LIFE: These light glowsticks were manufactured just a few weeks ago and are fresh from the factory. The glowstick party pack comes in a handy tube that can also be used as a storage container for the unused Lumistick glow sticks. They have a shelf life of two years.

So we decided to do a semi-scientific comparison — activate the same number of glow sticks from different brands at the same time and judge their brightness. We purchased a package of major name brands from Amazon, WalMart, etc. We also bought the small 10-packs you can get from Target, Dollar Tree, etc. Right away we can tell you the Dollar Store glow sticks just don’t cut it compared to the major name brands. A lot of them were already activated or duds, and they just weren’t that bright.

Glow Stick Comparison

Glow Stick Containers

Glow Stick Containers
US Glow, Direct Glow, Cool Glow, Lumistick

 

Glow Sticks Activated

Glow Sticks Activated

 

Glow Sticks After Time

Glow Sticks After Time

We can confidently say that you won’t be unhappy with either of the brands tested: US Glow, Direct Glow, Cool Glow, and Lumistick. However we did feel that Cool Glow started to lose its brightness earlier than the others as you may be able to see in the image above. Unfortunately we were unable to get a picture that accurately portrayed the differences in brightness, probably due to our limited photography skills. This test was probably most unfair to Cool Glow since the pack we purchased only had limited colors and those colors seem to be less bright than others among all the packs.

Unfortunately we also missed the mark somewhat on the scientific nature of this test since we realized that it wasn’t fair due to different colors among the different brands. Since many of the packs we had were multi-colored, we saw that some colors were definitely brighter than others within the same pack. So we will plan to re-run this test again with similar colors.

What Glowstick To Buy?

If you are buying 50 or more Glowsticks for your party, we can confidently recommend , Direct Glow, and Lumistick. The US Glow package includes a couple fun accessories such as glasses and connectors to make a glow ball/flower.

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The Best Deal on Bulk Glow Sticks

Looking to buy a lot of glow sticks? The best deal we found on bulk glow sticks is this 1,000 pack of 8 inch Lumistick Glow Stick Bracelets.

Rhode Island Novelty Flashing Led Bumpy Rings, Set of 12
  • Rhode Island Novelty Light-up bumpy rings
  • One dozen per order
  • Variety of colors, Assortments may vary
  • Non-replaceable batteries
  • Ages 6+
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Cyalume Green Glow Sticks - Premium Bright 6” SnapLight Sticks with 12 Hour Duration (10 Pack)
  • MADE IN THE USA UNDER STRICT QUALITY GUIDELINES to ensure each light stick works without issue - guaranteed. Rest assured knowing you can trust SnapLight.
  • PATENTED, LONG-LASTING FORMULATIONS provide high light output for up to 12 hours at a time to help you get the job done when electric light isn’t an option.
  • GUARANTEED 5 YEAR SHELF LIFE AND INDIVIDUAL FOIL WRAPPING means SnapLight can be safely stored for years until the need arises without harm to the stick or components.
  • INDUSTRIAL-GRADE STICK CONSTRUCTION provides a level of durability not found in competitor light sticks. Our formulations have no equal.
  • WATER-PROOF, NON-FLAMMABLE, NON-TOXIC CHEMISTRY means SnapLight is as safe as it is durable. Perfect for confined spaces or underwater applications.

Other Fun Glow Items

Some other glow toys our kids have enjoyed playing with are the Flashing LED Bumpy Rings and LED Finger Lights. If you are looking for absolutely the brightest glow light possible, check out the Cyalume SnapLight in Green along with a lanyard. They last for 12 hours and are super bright, but they are a little more pricey.

SaleBestseller No. 1
iGlow Glow Sticks Bulk Party Pack Multicolor Non Toxic 233 Pieces Light Stick Set
  • 🎉 THE ULTIMATE PARTY ACCESSORIES – bring the night to life at a party, Halloween celebration, BBQ, sports event, festival or sitting around the campfire with our bumper pack of glow sticks and accessories. Fun and exciting, they will provide hours of fun for everyone
  • 🥳 EASY TO ACTIVATE LIGHT STICKS – when you receive your purchase and you’re ready to party remove a glow stick from the pack and bend it until you hear it click then shake it to bring it to life. This can be repeated on all sticks for bright neon light effects that look their best after dark
  • 🎊 MAKE GLOW BRACELETS AND GLOW NECKLACES – our funky packaging shows you exactly how to make exciting shapes and fashion accessories with your glow sticks including eye glasses, butterfly bracelets, headbands with cute ears and more. All accessories needed are included in the pack
  • 😍 BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR GLOW STICKS BULK PURCHASE – let your imagination run wild and come up with your own shapes 🎉and accessories using the connectors and joints included with your light sticks. Make long decorative chains or attach them to existing party decorations for real wow factor
  • 🎈SUITABLE FOR A RANGE OF OCCASIONS – include them with your camping gear, add fun touches to your wedding, include them in your child’s party favor bags, take them to a rave or nightclub or just enjoy them at home. The opportunities are endless, they provide up to 8 hours of fun and excitement for anyone over the age of 3 years to enjoy
Bestseller No. 2
BUDI 200 Glow Sticks 467Pcs Glow Party Favors for Kids/Adults: 200 Glowsticks Party Packs 7 Colors & Connectors for Glow Necklace, Flower Balls, Luminous Glasses and Triple/Butterfly Bracelets
  • One box contains - 200 8" glow sticks, 200 bracelet connectors, 12 flower/ball connectors, 10 luminous eyeglasses kits, 5 skull glasses kits, 5 triple bracelet connectors, 5 butterfly bracelet connectors. A building instruction is included.
  • Glow lasts Long Time - Glow more than 8 hours 7 colors glow sticks. If you don't crack/activate the sticks, you can keep them pretty long enough till your next party.
  • Super Entertaining and Fun in family reunion, camping trip, birthday party, wedding, singing concert, raves, festivals, sleepovers and anywhere that needs to glow.
  • Awesome Luminous Party Supplies - The light sticks are best party gifts for your kids and friends to build their own crafts like flowers, glasses, balls, bracelets necklace, WHATEVER they want to build.
  • Use your imagination to create a magic world! The glow sticks are changeable into anything. Whatever you and kids want to make, a fairy world or sea world, pretend to be fairies or sea creatures, the little glow favors are here for you!
Bestseller No. 3
PartySticks Glow Sticks Bulk Party Favors 100pk with Connectors - 8 Inch Glow in The Dark Party Supplies, Neon Party Glow Necklaces and Glow Bracelets
  • MULTICOLOR GLOW STICKS PARTY PACK: Enjoy 100 pieces of super bright light sticks plus 100 pieces of dependable connectors that stay put for hours
  • LONGER LASTING GLOW PARTY SUPPLIES: Party all night long! These 8-inch long glow in the dark sticks glow bright for 10-14 hours
  • WATERPROOF GLOW STICK PARTY ACCESSORIES: Use these glow in the dark party favors even in the pool; these waterproof glow sticks party supplies are non leaking and nontoxic
  • SAFE AND QUALITY ASSURED: Kid-safe glow in the dark party sticks are CPSIA-compliant; We’ll provide a full refund if you’re not glowing bright with your glow sticks bulk party supplies
  • INFINITE GLOW IN THE DARK FUN: Make glow stick bracelets and glow in the dark necklaces for Easter egg hunt, birthdays, pool parties, carnivals, raves, concerts, weddings, campings
Bestseller No. 4
Glow Sticks Bulk 400 8" Glowsticks (Total 800 Pcs 7 Colors); Glow Stick Bracelets; Glow Necklaces; Glow in the Dark, July 4th, Christmas, Halloween Party Supplies Pack, Football Party Supplies
  • Includes 400 8” Glow Sticks (4 Tubes of 100) with 400 Bracelet Connectors.
  • Long Lasting, 10 – 14 Hours. Multi-Colors.
  • Super Value Pack For Glow in the Dark Party. Perfect for Birthday Parties, Party Favors, Camping Trips, Halloween, July 4th, Christmas, Glow Party, Superbowl Party, Concerts, Weddings, School Classroom Rewards, Treasure Box, Carnival Prizes, Pinata Toys, New Years Eve Party, Football Superbowl Party,Bath Tub Fun, Bars and All Other Use!!!
  • Child Safe: Non-Toxic, Waterproof and CPSIA Compliant.
  • Super Good Value Premium Glowsticks Pack.
Bestseller No. 5
Taotuo 20 PCS LED Light Up Foam Sticks Three Modes Color Changing Glow Party Supplies for Halloween, Raves, Concert
  • 【Suitable for Many Occasions】LED Foam Glow Sticks are perfect for Concert, Clubs, parties, raves, weddings practically any events. This foam sticks set will definitely bring tons of joy for you and your families, friends due to the stunning ambience this led foam stick set brings. For kids, undoubtedly, this will be the best choice for sword playing without getting hurt.
  • 【Three Light Changing Modes】With quick flashing, slow flashing, alternative flashing of the polychromatic foam stick you are easily to control the vibe to creat different atmosphere .Each foam stick is separately wrapped in a non-woven bag with zipper which is convenient for storage and environment friendly.
  • 【Superior Quality & Excellent Workmanship】Compared with other brands in the market, we make sure Taotuo glow foam sticks are of the highest quality. We have received many compliment from customers who stated this glow foam sticks are sturdy and of exquisite workmanship.
  • 【ON/OFF Button& Long Life Battery】Each foam light sticks is equipped on/off button for saving battery life which is beneficial for cycle use. Batteries are already installed and easy to replace when the time comes. The party never ends.
  • 【Service】Under 24-month Service, we are responsible for any piece of the foam glow sticks bulk. Any issues with the 20PCS foam light up sticks, please feel free to contact us for refund or resend.
SaleBestseller No. 6
Attikee 840 PCS Glow Sticks Bulk for Glow Party Favors - Toy LED Light Sticks (8 Inch, 7 Colors), 400 PCS Bendable Glow Sticks & 440 PCS Connectors for Eyeglasses, Balls, Flowers, Necklaces, Triple Bracelets, Glow in Dark Non-Toxic Light Sticks for Kids Adults
  • PREMIUM & BRIGHT GLOWING - Attikee Glow Sticks ccome in 400 pcs bright glow sticks and 440 connectors, available in 7 colors (red, yellow, blue, green, purple, pink, orange), these light sticks are 8" long and about 3/8" diameter. Kids will be able to build & rebuild, reconstructing their designs & colors & inventing new ideas, granting them the freedom to create over & over again - hours of fun.
  • INCLUDES CONNECTORS FOR DIY JEWELRY – Total 440 connectors included. 400 single bracelet connectors, 20 triple bracelet connectors, 10 luminous glasses connectors, 10 rainbow ball/flower connectors. Use your creativity and get the most out of these sticks for decoration and fun. Perfect for DIY bracelets, necklaces, balls, earrings, three styles of eyeglasses, and more.
  • LONG LASTING LIGHT - Enjoy the glow radiating from your wrist glow sticks for up to 12 hours. After activation, these cool glow sticks will be at their brightest for 8-10 hours, then slowly fade. Choose from our array of colors and color combinations or get the assorted pack. Glow-time is longer for the colors yellow, blue, green; less for purple, red, orange and pink. Glow lasts longer in cold weather, is brighter when warm.
  • SAFE AND NON TOXIC - 100% safe - non toxic, non- radioactive design with waterproof for kids & adults. Our powerful glow sticks contain two chemicals that glow when mixed together (when the stick is bent and the inner tube is broken). Attikee glow sticks are non-toxic, non-flammable non-radioactive, and can be easily washed off the skin or clothes with ordinary soap if necessary.
  • VARIOUS OF FUN USES - Make fun glow in the dark toys for indoor outdoor Halloween party decorations, glow party, trick-or-treating, cos-play, nightclubbing, as stocking stuffers for Christmas, rewards at school, party favors, etc. Ideal for Christmas, Halloween, weddings, New Year, classroom prizes and lucky dips.
Bestseller No. 7
HSGUS 32 Ultra Bright Glow Sticks Plus 32 Party Strings - Bulk Glow Pack Industrial Grade - 6 Inch Waterproof Glow Stick - Glow Light with 12 Hour Duration - Bend, Shake to Activate (Colorful)
  • SAFE AND ECO-FRIENDLY: Using the most innovative industrial grade construction technique, these glow sticks are waterproof, non-flammable and have a non-toxic chemistry. This means they guarantee a long lasting and environmentally friendly option for lighting up your party.

  • SPARK UP YOUR PARTY IDEAS: This value pack of waterproof party light glow sticks would provide you and your party a glamorous touch! Designed to glow brightly for up to 12 hours and containing vibrant colors, this party supply will bring out the creative side in kids and adults of all ages.

  • GREAT FOR PARTIES: Coming in an easy to use design and a standard size, these sticks will light up guests' faces while providing a unique level of fun which makes it a perfect choice for Halloween decorations, Halloween party supplies, trick-or-treat bags, Halloween party favors, costume party and more!

  • PREMIUM QUALITY: These Ultra Bright Glow Sticks are made from industrial grade construction which uses a perfect blend of premium materials to provide you Non-Toxic, waterproof and CPSIA Compliant party glow sticks that assures a lasting use of up to 12 hours, more fun and 100% safety.

  • OUR QUALITY PROMISE: We have made these glow sticks from premium materials using industrial grade construction to provide you a distinctive party supply that lights up your special event with safety in mind. So, we are sure you will love the effect this sticks will have on your party.

Bestseller No. 8
iGlow Glow Sticks Bulk Party Pack Multicolor Non Toxic 228 Pieces Light Stick Set
  • 🎉 THE ULTIMATE PARTY ACCESSORIES – bring the night to life at a party, Halloween celebration, BBQ, sports event, festival or sitting around the campfire with our bumper pack of glow sticks and accessories. Fun and exciting, they will provide hours of fun for everyone
  • 🥳 EASY TO ACTIVATE LIGHT STICKS – when you receive your purchase and you’re ready to party remove a glow stick from the pack and bend it until you hear it click then shake it to bring it to life. This can be repeated on all sticks for bright neon light effects that look their best after dark
  • 🎊 MAKE GLOW BRACELETS AND GLOW NECKLACES – our funky packaging shows you exactly how to make exciting shapes and fashion accessories with your glow sticks including eye glasses, butterfly bracelets, headbands with cute ears and more. All accessories needed are included in the pack
  • 😍 BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR GLOW STICKS BULK PURCHASE – let your imagination run wild and come up with your own shapes 🎉and accessories using the connectors and joints included with your light sticks. Make long decorative chains or attach them to existing party decorations for real wow factor
  • 🎈SUITABLE FOR A RANGE OF OCCASIONS – include them with your camping gear, add fun touches to your wedding, include them in your child’s party favor bags, take them to a rave or nightclub or just enjoy them at home. The opportunities are endless, they provide up to 8 hours of fun and excitement for anyone over the age of 3 years to enjoy
Bestseller No. 9
Glow Sticks Party Pack - Glow Stick Party Favors For Kids And Adults - 240 Pieces-Glow Sticks Set Includes Connectors To Create Necklaces, Bracelets, Glasses, Headbands, Balls, Flowers And Much More
  • 🎉MULTI-USE PARTY AND DECORATION FAVORS. This glow sticks set is great for Sporting Events, Raves, Discos, Neo Parties, Music Festivals, Birthday Parties, Halloween, Glow Party, Concerts, Weddings, Photo sessions, Clubs and more! Get the party started!
  • 🎉LONGLASTING GLOWING HOURS: These glow more than 8 hours, long enough so that you can light up and cheer up your party/ social gathering all night. Glows with an assortment of vibrant colors of Yellow, Red, Pink, Blue, and Green. Light your party for hours!
  • 🌟GREAT VALUE GLOWING PARTY PACK: includes100 Pc 8-inch sticks (100 pcs connectors), 10 pcs ultra-bright glow sticks, 8 pairs glasses connectors, 6pcs headband connectors, 8 pcs triple connectors, 4 pcs flower connectors and 4 pcs butterfly connectors. Perfect for parties and decoration!
  • 🎉GET CREATIVE: Our glowing party supplies includes premium quality connectors that allow you to get creative by creating bracelets, necklaces, hats, eyeglasses, headband, balls, flowers, and other unique glowing designs.
  • 🎉PREMIUM QUALITY and KIDS SAFE: Our glow in the dark party favors are made using superior quality materials which are durable, bendable without tearing, waterproof, Non-Toxic and CPSIA Compliant. Safe for children. Perfect kids aged 3 ages and up.
SaleBestseller No. 10
Sunlitec 300 Glowsticks, (656 Pcs Total) Light up Toys Glow Sticks Bracelet Necklace Light-Up Mixed Colors Party Favors Supplies with 356 Connectors (Total 656 PCs)
  • VARIOUS COLORS: Dazzle the night with an assortment of vibrant colors including: Yellow, Red, Pink, Blue and Green.
  • LONG LASTING TIME: Bend and shake for a bright and brilliant glow that will last up to 10 hours for extended use
  • BROAD APPLICATION: Fantastic for any festive occasion for both adults and children including birthday parties, clubbing, photo sessions, and weddings
  • PREMIUM QUALITY: Bendable without breaking down. non-toxic and safe for children
  • LONG STRORAGE TIME: Long shelf life for bulk storage for up to 6 months.

Comments 3

  1. Thanks for this info. It helps to knowork. It would be cool if you did more on this testing but on youtube. I’m always looking for which glow Sticks are best.

  2. Thanks for these recommendations. I have always wondered which were “best”. We give them to all aged kids including teen girls who like to attach them together for necklaces. Use after a weekly night swim meet so water wear is a concern.

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