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Creative Uses For Black Lights: Part One

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At SOS LightBulbs, we carry a wide variety of black lights and fluorescent black light fixtures, which have many creative and practical uses today. What was once a novelty item primarily used to create a glowing party atmosphere has since evolved to take on many forms, such as black light flood lights, black light spotlights, black light flashlights, and the list goes on. That being said, here are some creative uses for black lights and why they should be a part of your unique light bulb collection at home.

Counterfeit Detection

Have you ever tried to check out at a store with a $50 or $100 bill, only to have the cashier whip out a little black light flashlight and shine it on your money to make sure it was real? That’s because black lights can be used to detect counterfeiting and are used in many stores, bars, and restaurants to ensure the legitimacy of large bills. When held under a black light, a legitimate bill should glow a light blue, green, or pink color, depending on the bill. Curious about how different currency looks under a black light or where to buy a black light in the first place? Order one of our fluorescent black lights online and conduct an experiment at home by holding a $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bill under the light to make sure that you haven’t been cheated!

Hand Stamping

Since we’re on the subject of counterfeit money, it is worth noting that you might have had your hand stamped with invisible ink upon entering a club, concert, or party in addition to having your money checked with a black light flashlight. This is a clever trick lots of doormen and concert admission staff use to ensure that those inside the venue have been patted down and had their IDs checked. Unlike regular ink, this kind of invisible ink illuminates in the dark when exposed to black lights, making it difficult for, say, underage kids to wash off their black Xs and get away with ordering drinks at the bar. Using black lights and invisible ink hand stamps is also a great way to ensure that no one has managed to slip past door staff at an exclusive event that is held in a dark venue.

Pet Waste Detection

If you’re a pet owner and are concerned that there may be animal waste in your house, it might be worth it to buy a mini black light or a black light flashlight. Strangely enough, most pet and human waste glows under black light, which makes it easy to detect if and where your pet (or child) has had accidents in the house that you were unaware of. In fact, many carpet cleaning companies use black lights when they do their initial walk-through in order to expose any problem areas that your cat or dog has deemed its place to relieve itself when you aren’t looking. If you are selling your house or making an offer on one, it might be worth it to invest in a black light lamp or flashlight to make sure that you are discovering and addressing these issues before they become a bigger problem.

Order Your Black Lights From SOS LightBulbs

Now that you know a little more about what black lights are and some ways you can use them, it’s time to stock up on these unique light bulbs to use in your home or business. Check out our fluorescent black lights for sale at SOS LightBulbs, and continue to part two of this blog series for more creative uses for black lights!