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 1000 Glow Sticks Bulk Party Favors with Connectors | Light Sticks Neon Party Glow Necklaces and Glow Bracelets | Glow in The Dark Party Supplies (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. Get the most out of these sticks for decoration and fun. Hang them from things to create fun luminaries and enchanting walkways, 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 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.
  • ? WATERPROOF, SAFE AND NON TOXIC: Our powerful glow sticks contain two chemicals that glow when mixed together (when the stick is bent and the inner tube is broken). Use these glow in the dark party favors even in the pool, these waterproof glow sticks party supplies are non leaking. Our sticks are non-toxic, non-flammable non-radioactive, and can be easily washed off the skin or clothes with ordinary soap if necessary.
  • ? KIDS SAFE & QUALITY ASSURED: The Kids are safe, glow in the dark party sticks are CPSIA-compliant. Make glow stick bracelets and glow in the dark necklaces for pool parties, birthdays, carnivals, raves, concerts, weddings, camping, and more.
  • ? 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
  • Flashing Led Bumpy Rings
  • Sold in Display Box
  • Variety of Colors
  • One Dozen per Order
  • 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.

Bestseller No. 1
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. 2
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 pool parties, birthdays, carnivals, raves, concerts, weddings, campings, and more
SaleBestseller No. 3
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
SaleBestseller No. 4
400 Glow Sticks Bulk Party Supplies - Glow in The Dark Bracelets and Necklaces Party Pack, Includes 7 Vibrant Colors of 8" Glowsticks and Connectors
  • ULTRA BRIGHT AND LONGER LASTING - Perfectly engineered under strict quality control, these glow sticks are made from high quality materials to ensure up to 6 hours of glowing light so you could enjoy your party all night without worrying they would fade away.
  • MULTI COLOR ULTIMATE GLOW STICKS PARTY PACK - This pack was thoughtfully designed to provide the ultimate glow party experience. Whether you are into chicy bracelets or cool necklaces, our party kit gets you covered.
  • KIDS SAFE (NON LEAKING AND NON TOXIC) - We've designed our glow sticks so that you can be relaxed knowing your kid is safe when playing with them. Their sturdy design makes them harder to snap so they don't easily break and start leaking like similar products on the market.
  • QUALITY CONNECTORS THAT STAY PUT - Probably the most annoying thing is to start putting your glow sticks bracelets together only to find out that the connectors are so poorly made that they just keep popping. Unlike others, we've made sure to use only top notch materials so your connectors stay put.
  • GUARANTEED TO WORK OR YOUR MONEY BACK - Unlike so many other glow sticks out there, ours are guaranteed to work (seriously, if they don't, just contact us and we'll make sure to refund your money). Don't settle for cheap alternatives unless you want to find out half of the glow sticks you've purchased are dull.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Glow In The Dark Party Supplies - 605 Pieces - Includes Connectors to Create Necklaces, Bracelets, Glasses, Heart Glasses, Hats, Headbands, Balls, Flowers - Glow in the Dark Party Favors - Dragon Too
  • LONG LASTING GLOW: Dragon Too glow sticks glow for hours and hours! The fun never ends with our glow in the dark vibrant colors like green, blue, yellow, pink, orange and red provide a rainbow of brilliance. Use them for theme parties or decorations.
  • PARTY PACK: This pack comes with 605 pieces and includes 254 8” glow sticks, 12 5.5” sticks, 12 3.5” glow sticks plus 309 connectors to make bracelets, necklaces, hats, eyeglasses, heart shaped eye glasses, headband, 3 triple bracelet, balls and flowers.
  • GREAT FOR PARTIES: Light up the night with neon colors that glow! This glow stick set comes with everything you need to create fun accessories like hats, bracelets or glasses. As the perfect party favors you can ensure that guests have a colorful time!
  • NON TOXIC: These high quality glow sticks are great for kid’s parties and adult parties too! Don’t worry about leaks or breaks because a non-toxic formula makes them safe for children. All of our products are tested and comply with USA toy safety standards.
  • FUN FOR EVERY OCCASION: Make social outings more memorable with a florescent glow. This party favor set is perfect for concerts, music festivals, birthday parties, Mardi Gras, New Years, Halloween, Carnival, Weddings or any other festive occasion.
Bestseller No. 6
300 Glow Sticks Bulk Party Supplies - Glow in The Dark Fun Party Pack with 8" Glowsticks and Connectors for Bracelets and Necklaces for Kids and Adults
  • ULTRA BRIGHT AND LONGER LASTING - Perfectly engineered under strict quality control, these glow sticks are made from high quality materials to ensure up to 6 hours of glowing light so you could enjoy your party all night without worrying they would fade away.
  • MULTI COLOR ULTIMATE GLOW STICKS PARTY PACK - This pack was thoughtfully designed to provide the ultimate glow party experience. Whether you are into chicy bracelets or cool necklaces, our party kit gets you covered.
  • KIDS SAFE (NON LEAKING AND NON TOXIC) - We've designed our glow sticks so that you can be relaxed knowing your kid is safe when playing with them. Their sturdy design makes them harder to snap so they don't easily break and start leaking like similar products on the market.
  • QUALITY CONNECTORS THAT STAY PUT - Probably the most annoying thing is to start putting your glow sticks bracelets together only to find out that the connectors are so poorly made that they just keep popping. Unlike others, we've made sure to use only top notch materials so your connectors stay put.
  • GUARANTEED TO WORK OR YOUR MONEY BACK - Unlike so many other glow sticks out there, ours are guaranteed to work (seriously, if they don't, just contact us and we'll make sure to refund your money). Don't settle for cheap alternatives unless you want to find out half of the glow sticks you've purchased are dull.
SaleBestseller No. 7
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
SaleBestseller No. 8
78PCs LED Light Up Toy Party Favors Glow In The Dark,Party Supplies Bulk For Adult Kids Birthday Halloween With 50 Finger Light, 12 Jelly Ring, 6 Flashing Glasses, 5 Bracelet, 5 Fiber Optic Hair Light
  • 78 pack party favor neon bulk toys includes 50 Finger Lights, 12 Jelly Rings, 6 Flashing Glasses, 5 Bracelet, 5 Fiber Optic Hair Clips. Come with a beautiful box makes them perfect for gift!
  • 12 Design Flashing Jelly Rings with 6 colors, include strawberry,rose,five-pointed star,imperial crown,hair ball,heart. They are made of elastic jelly material, it's safe and environmentally.
  • 50 FINGER LIGHT(5 color) + 5 BRACELETS(5 color), 50 finger light can fit any finger comfortably. Bracelet come with removable closure,easy to turn on/off. All internal batteries can last over 8 hours.
  • 6 GLASSES(6 color)+5 HAIR CLIPS. Shutter Shade Glasses have 3 modes-fast flashing, slow flashing&constant. Hair clip can emit light with 7 colors, they will bring the party extraordinary fashion vibe.
  • Perfect for Halloween,Glow Party,Birthday,Christmas,Night Camping,Bars,Carnival Prizes,Celebration,School Classroom Reward,Stocking stuffers,Easter egg filler, Goody Bag Stuffers for adult and child!
Bestseller No. 9
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 GLOW STICKS - Comes 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. 10
32 Ultra Bright 6 Inch Large Glow Sticks - Chem Light Sticks with 12 Hour Duration - Camping Glow Sticks - Glowsticks for Parties and Kids (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.

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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