Monday, October 28, 2013

Glow In The Dark Planters

"Buy a flower pot that you really like and use Rustoleum's Glow-in-the-dark paint to paint the pot. During the day, the paint will absorb the sunlight and at night the pots will glow." 



I'm completely convinced  that people who pin and share these things on Facebook have never actually tried glow-in-the-dark paint. The first thing wrong about this image is that well, it's not night. At all. The second is the amazing glow the pots are putting off, enough to even illuminate the grass. Glow-in-the-dark paint won't do that. 

You see these aren't just painted pots, they are LED-lighted pots. I've been trying to track down the direct source of  this image, but haven't been able to. However I have found enough variously similar planters to show you, like these from Konstsmide, a German light manufacture:



And just like in other various "Glow-in-the-Dark" pins, people don't seem to take in account that glow in the dark paint is very green/yellow. In fact there is a great review and write up about two different popular glow-in-the-dark paints at Observation Blog. Here is his 2 examples of the paints, which even with 8 hours of charge were barely glowing, surely nothing strong enough to light up the grass around it. 

So once again, put down the paint, people. Sadly this isn't even near what the original image is. And please let me know if anyone knows the source of the original image! I'd love to email the photographer or landscapers who did this and give due credit. 


33 comments:

  1. I am so glad someone is debunking pinterest! Can't wait to go through all the posts you've written. Just checked out brown sugar hair straightener, one of my favorite 'how could anyone think that would work?' posts of all time!

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    1. Anonymous1/2/14

      ...ohh ?...thank you for telling me ...I am glad someone is debunking too !! lol...I will put solar lights inside instead lol :)

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    2. Anonymous6/2/14

      we used to punk our hair up with sugar melted in water and our hair would go rock hard

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    3. Anonymous24/3/14

      oh thanks..i have tried to spray my pots and nothing...thought I would paint them a white and then spray them with the glow n the dark spray...haven't don't it yet but my question is why would they put this out there if it doesn't work...waste of money for those that don't have it....but thanks for the heads up...

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  2. Here's the source of these exact pots (and picture) http://certified-lighting.com/garden-lighting.php

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    1. Thank you! through this link I found exactly the light fixture i want for my dining room. I wasn't buying the paint either.

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  3. Anonymous29/1/14

    thank you. i was totally buying this.

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  4. http://www.alibaba.com/promotion/promotion_lighted-planters-promotion-list.html

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  5. the link shows the exact planters on their page

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  6. http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/1437965524/led_font_b_lighted_b_font.html

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  7. Anonymous31/1/14

    read don't pin this

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  8. Sorry, but the planters in the questionable photo are not LED pots: what you're looking at is a time-exposure photo. The camera is set on a tripod and the shutter is left open for many seconds (maybe even a couple of minutes) allowing as much light absorption as possible. For proof, look at the sky in the background. It appears to be as bright as a cloudy day, yest this shot is claimed to be "at night". LED pots wouldn't need s long exposure, and would still have a dark, night sky.

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  9. Anonymous2/2/14

    works great for black light.

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  10. Here is the site that has these lights - they ARE not glow in the dark painted. http://certified-lighting.com/garden-lighting.php

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    1. Melissa27/5/16

      I've also found this picture on this web site, and the picture is signed as "LED lighted planters", so it's not correct to use ths picture in the article.

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  11. Anonymous8/3/14

    Thanks for the info , I will not buy this , you saved me money . Thanks again

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  12. terri Mulhern9/3/14

    There is one brand of paint that is not green/yellow and does put off a heck of a glow. It is called Bio-phosphorescent, and it is @ 3K a gallon. I use it to do starscapes on ceilings. There is an artist who uses it to do glow murals.

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    1. Do you mean three thousand dollars a gallon?

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  13. They are LED pots here is the link http://www.alibaba.com/promotion/promotion_lighted-planters-promotion-list.html

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    1. FYI, I think alibaba is an exporter that requires a significant quantity order, like a wholesale importer would buy.

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  14. Anonymous16/3/14

    Check out all the sites mentioned above and they show the same picture......So Mike Spike I don't think it's time exposure photography

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  15. Anonymous26/3/14

    Their is a sucker born every minute I like a few others I thought what a cool idea Not! to believe everything I see or read.

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  16. Anonymous31/3/14

    Terry M, thanks for the info on the Bio-phosphorescent paint it's worth looking
    into it. cc

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  17. Planters are low LED. see https://kuldesigns.com/about-kul-designs/ GloNation.com also sells the bios glow paint and powder, obviously providing a different result & limited glow--but it's an option.

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  18. Anonymous26/5/14

    Well you're a idiot to begin with if you think glow in the dark paint would look like that and be that bright. It's common sense.

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  19. Thank you for this! I've been looking everywhere for this image and can't find it (aside from Pinterest), and I knew it was unlikely that glow paint would do this. Not only that, I questioned how good the pots would look in broad daylight, since that type of paint often goes on streaky.

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  21. Interesting that I found a FB comment where someone is claiming that she painted these pots with glow powder. That said, I followed the link above that took me to that exact picture for LED lighted pots. Why do some people insist on using other people's pictures and claiming them as their own?

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151677352965700&set=a.45771415699.79640.733795699&type=1

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  22. Pamela Reynolds, look at these comments.

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  23. Thank you for saving me time and money!

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