Emergency Lighting: Glow-in-the-Dark Paint?

Glow in the Dark Paint BrushesGlow-in-the-dark paint isn’t just for kids anymore.

Glow sticks have long been a staple of survival kits, but have you ever thought about adding glow-in-the-dark paint? The technology is getting better and brighter. It’s quickly becoming more appealing for the modern prepared person, especially for uses around the home.

Glow-in-the-Dark Paint Lighting Up UK Walkways

Need proof? Walking paths, exterior staircases, driveways, and more can now light up at night thanks to a new carbon and energy free polyurethane construction material that absorbs sunlight during the day and gives off illumination at night.

The product is called STARPATH and it’s already lighting up nighttime walkways. Developed in the UK, the glow-in-the-dark, paint-on, ambient lighting material is also said to be water and slip-resistant.

Glow-in-the-Dark Paint Uses

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While glow-in-the-dark paint itself isn’t new, the large-scale application of the product is recent. It just might be the perfect emergency lighting solution for the extended power outages that can accompany both man-made and natural disasters.

Other uses could be:

  • Make a trail like Hansel and Gretel to find your way to and from important locations in the dark. This could be ideal when the power goes out and you need to find a cache of gear. Or light the path from your house to a shed.
  • Paint it on door knobs, light switches and handles inside dark garages, sheds or other outside storage structures.
  • Need to find a critical switch or electric panel in the basement when the power is out? Glow-in-the-dark paint is your answer.
  • Throw a bottle in an outdoor survival kit. If flashlight batteries run out during an emergency and building a fire is out of the question, glow-in-the-dark paint could alert rescuers to your position. Paint it on your survival shelter and surroundings.

Can you think of any other ways to use glow-in-the-dark paint? Have you used it before? Leave a comment below.




6 thoughts on “Emergency Lighting: Glow-in-the-Dark Paint?

  1. superfluities

    The problem with glow in the dark(gitd) paint/powders is the quality varies wildly on brightness and length of glow. Glow inc. on amazon is very good but it is a powder and has a texture so if you want smooth paint it’s a bit grainy even the finest powder they have. Shelf life of premade paint isn’t good tends to dry out in the can usually same type of paint as fingernail polish. GITD items have lifespan too as they get older they don’t work as well. The problem with using gitd paint for a survival situation is it has to be charged with bright light so you would need to expose it to direct sunlight for some time to get a lasting effect into the night. Painting an item white preferably flat white first will enhance the glow and help the particles absorb more light when charged. Bright Sites brand gunsite paint is very good but is priced and sold in a quantity for coating gunsites not tents. For the brightest glow always go for the lightest green color-red/blue/orange glow but only half or less as bright as the traditional light green glow color. IMHO the strength of gitd stuff is when you get up at 3am to stoke the fire and you can see your coated flashlight laying next to you or the gitd tent ropes. I have some gitd Swedish military vinyl like you would use to upholster car seats. As an experiment I cut a square foot of if it and hung it in our tent, we had to take it down after an hour as it was to bright to sleep once out eyes were adjusted. The next morning it was still glowing strong where I it rolled it up(glow side in) and had glowed on itself all night-great stuff is mil-spec for sure. I paint(Glow Inc. 1/2 ounce) all my flashlights just inside the lens with glow paint so for hours you can easily find it after you cut it off.

  2. Wild Pup

    I would be cautious about painting areas around your home. You are essentially “painting the target.” If blackout conditions are needed at night and you have painted your driveway and sidewalks and they are glowing in the dark, you’ve just advertised your home as a potential target. IMHO, it is a nice concept with regards to safety (seeing the pavement at night to prevent falls) but doesn’t make much sense in a strategic sense.