Funko fans are always impressed by the remarkable effects of glow-in-the-dark and Blacklight Funko Pops. However, when it comes to collecting, these pops tend to be some of the coolest ones to collect and display.
Whether it’s the whole figure or just certain parts of it, glow-in-the-dark pops are often highly sought after. Funko usually considers universe canon when determining which elements of the Pop actually glow, creating unique collectibles worthy of any great collection.
But just how does it work? In this article, I’ll take a look at how Glow-In-the-Dark and Blacklight Funko Pops work and how they produce such a fantastic phenomenon.
What is a Glow-In-The-Dark (GITD) Funko Pop?
Glow-In-the Dark Funko Pops contains phosphorescent paint, commonly called “glow-in-the-dark” paint.
The paint’s chemical composition, typically zinc sulfide and phosphorus, absorbs and reacts to UV rays from natural (sun) or artificial (electric lamps) light, providing luminescence in dark conditions.
So, GITD Funko Pops only emits light when exposed to an outside light source.
There are different types of glow-in-the-dark paint. For example, GITD Pop Figures use phosphorescent paint that can be charged for some time and can glow for hours in the dark at night, just like in a phone’s battery.
One other type, called fluorescent paint, only glows while an invisible UV light is turned on to charge it.
What is a Blacklight Funko Pop?
The Blacklight Pop figures, at first glance, are known for having those vibrant and very flashy colors, but their most important feature is that these figures surprise even more when they shine as if they were neon lights.
This happens due to fluorescent colors that, under black or UV light, cause that illumination effect. That’s why Blacklight Funko Pops exhibit such striking characteristics that make them unique.
Blacklight Funko Pops contains fluorescent paint that absorbs invisible UV light but then emits it again as visible light at a shorter wavelength. So, the paint is not emitting light but rather reflecting light back at you in a visible wavelength.
The UV blacklight is invisible to the naked eye. But when it falls onto a fluorescent paint, it reflects brightly in the visible spectrum. This is why Blacklight Pops work well in dark rooms. No other light is visible unless it is reflected from the UV blacklight.
Blacklight Funko Pops are amazing! All these figures are limited and sell out quickly, which is not surprising because these colors hypnotize anyone.
So, What’s the Difference Between Glow-In-The-Dark and Blacklight Funko Pops?
It’s all about the paint!
GITD Light Funko Pops uses phosphorescent and will glow after dark for 3 to 4 hours or more after being charged with a UV light, while Black Light Funko Pops uses fluorescent paint and will glow as long as a UV blacklight shines on it.
How do I Make Glow-In-The-Dark Funko Pops Brighter?
There’s no trick to charging Glow-In-The-Dark Funko Pops and getting it to glow brightly. It’s easy!
The brightness of different room lights varies widely. You need to use a bright light, not a dim one! Charging is more about light quality and less about the length of time you charge it for.
The paint constantly discharges light even during the day when you can’t see the glow.
For this reason, charging it up all day isn’t going to make it brighter at night. However, if possible, using a bright room light and getting direct light onto your display will give you a radiant glow.
The fastest and cheapest way to make Glow-In-The-Dark Funko Pops brighter is to shine a smartphone or UV Flashlight on them.
You’ll only need 5 minutes of charging with a bright light at most. Then let your eyes adjust a little and appreciate the collection in a dark room. It can last all night long!
How To Display Glow In The Dark Funko and Black Light Pops – Cheap & Easy
As good Funko lovers, I know that one of the greatest pleasures is to have them on display; entering our room, our sanctuary, or the place we have selected to be the protector of our pops, fills us with life and pride every time we visit it.
If you’ve been collecting Funko pops for any amount of time, you’re bound to have at least a couple of glow-in-the-dark pops in your collection.
So today, I present you a DIY fantastic idea for you to display your GITD and Blacklight Funko Pops using baseball bat display cases and UV LED Strip Lights from Amazon. Watch Jedha Patrol and The Gastlecast’s videos!
Is Glow-in-the-Dark and Blacklight Paint Toxic?
Glow paint is as safe as any other paint that comes into contact with kids. The phosphors themselves are harmless as long as they are not ingested, just like the toxic elements that are part of virtually all manufactured paints.
Funko Pops are made from non-hazardous materials, making them safe to use. They are manufactured from materials that are basically non-toxic and non-radioactive.