Last winter, I spotted the above pic on the internets and thought, "I can DIY that!" I stashed the idea in my 'make some day' idea bin, and few weeks back, I decided to finally give it a go. A bit of plastic rescued from the recycle bin, a drop or two of glow-in-the-dark paint and I would be golden. Or so I thought. The outcome was tragic. The paint was gloopy; the plastic too...plastic-y. I trashed the whole thing and forgot about it.
Then--get this--a week later--I kid you not--a week later I received an e-mail from the distributor of the product, Pat Bay Reflective. They offered to send out a few samples for me to review and share with you guys. It was like some sort of blogger Karma, or something!!!
They sent a couple all-in-one replacement plates called GloPlates
and a few little add-ons, called Find a Light
. A quick perusal of the packaging told me that they'll glow for at least 20 years, they need exposure to daylight or artificial light to charge, and they're made in the USA.
It took only a few minutes to have all them installed, and then it was just a matter of waiting for nightfall to see how they measured up.
First, each glowed, but some did better than others. That's because the plates' glow-ablity is dependent upon how much light they're exposed too. So, for example, the add-on pictured below was installed in my kitchen near a window. Nice glow, right?
Now check this one out.
It's in my hallway, which isn't exposed to much natural light and the overhead light is only on minutes at a time throughout the day. It's glowing, to be sure, but it's not nearly as vibrant as the one next to the window. Although, I didn't retouch either of these photos in any way, I did have to crank up my ISO and crank down my shutter speed on this last one. But it's a good representation of how it looked in real life. Of course, my eyes weren't adjusted to the dark either, so, for instance, if I had just woken up in the middle of the night, the glow would have appeared more vibrant.
Ultimately, I'd give both the GloPlate
and Find a Light
products a thumbs up, with the caveat that they need sufficient light to give off a healthy glow in the dark. That being said, they'd be PERFECT for guest rooms, kids' rooms and anywhere you find yourself playing 'find the switch'.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to test that blogger Karma again and try to DIY a BMW.