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 . The US Glow package includes a couple fun accessories such as glasses and connectors to make a glow ball/flower.


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.

Cyalume-9-08001 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  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.

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iGlow Glow Sticks Bulk Party Pack Multicolor Non Toxic 233 Pieces Light Stick Set
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  • 🥳 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
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Glow Sticks Bulk - 24 Pcs LED Foam Sticks Glow Batons with 3 Modes Flashing Effect, Glow in The Dark Party Supplies by ColorHome
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  • 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.
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  • WATERPROOF FLOATING GLOW STICKS: Use these glow in the dark party favors as glow party decorations, or use in the pool or during bathtime; these waterproof glow party supplies float, are non leaking, and nontoxic
  • LONGER LASTING GLOW PARTY SUPPLIES: To activate these glow in the dark light sticks, simply snap and shake until completely lit; these 8-inch long glow in the dark sticks glow bright for 10-14 hours
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 🎉【3 Light Up Modes & Long-lasting Light】Colorful lights with 3 different light up modes: fast flashing, slow flashing and alternately flashing.The glow stick will last approx 6-8 hours of continuous use.
  • 🎉【Battery Operated】 Batteries are included and installed. Easy to remove and replace. Reusable and Last long. Each glow sticks has insulating plastic sheet for protecting battery before using.
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  • WATERPROOF FLOATING GLOW STICKS: Use these glow in the dark party favors as party decorations, add to pumpkins, or use in the pool or during bathtime; these waterproof glow party supplies float, are non leaking, and nontoxic
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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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