Q: Does it start glowing right away?
A: Leave your lights on for 30 minutes. The brighter, the better. This energizes the paint. Think of it like charging a battery. Then, once the lights are out, your Cosmic Gateway appears. Be sure to give your eyes time to adjust to the dark in order to experience the full effect.
Q: Will it work if the room isn’t pitch black? For example, what if there’s a nightlight, or a light on in the hallway?
A: Just like the real stars, too much light pollution will reduce the visibility of your Cosmic Gateway. Use a window shade, and maybe close the bedroom door. A small amount of light won’t spoil the effect too much. However, the darker the room is, the better the entire Cosmic Gateway will appear.
Q: Why aren’t my stars glowing like you said they would?
A: The stars will glow as advertised with proper lighting. Think of the glow-in-the-dark paint like a rechargeable battery. It needs bright light to charge. Crystals in the paint soak up the light and get energized. When the lights go out, the crystals release the light and the paint glows.
Here are some lighting sources listed from MOST to LEAST effective:
- Black Light – tube or CFL spiral (24″ fixture and tube, and 18″ long fixtures and bulbs can be found online.) Black light is high in UV, ultra violet; and the paint is energized quickly with it.
- Black Light UV LED’s
- White fluorescent tubular bulbs
- Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb “Daylight”
- LED bulbs 100-Watt equivalent
- Some TVs will energize the stars just fine.
- Incandescent bulbs – standard light bulb – the brighter the better
- Indirect sunlight. (Western window better, reflecting upward off of white carpet better.
Q: What does it look like when the job is finished?
A: You have to see it to really get it. Book a free demonstration. The 3D illusion of a dark sky full of twinkling stars is so realistic that you’ll swear you are actually took your roof off, and were sleeping under a crystal-clear sky full of stars.
Unfortunately, cameras need light to work properly, so I’m still working on taking a photo that doesn’t just look dim and blurry. Stay tuned…
…so I managed to take some pictures.
I used a UV flashlight (blacklight) to charge the paint and take a photo in the dark, or to add bluish-violet background colour. Check out this post I wrote after I took my first pictures of Cosmic Gateway glow-in-the-dark star murals.
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