Where to buy "Glow Sticks" in bulk?

I lead quite a few evening/night paddles for the public. I like to hand out a glow stick to each participant. They have become a bit pricey in the retail stores in my community. Can any suggestion a place to purchase a good quality stick in bulk?



Low dollar glow
I have gotten moderately cheap ones at Wally’s World and real cheap ones at the Dollar Store. I also like to give them to groups we give night demos to. There is a certain amount of you get what you pay for. The cheap sticks do not seem very bright to me - but then neither do most of my students.


still expensive
We do night tours, we found that Princeton Tec Eco Flare is cheaper in the long run since AAA batteries can be easily replaced

Here is link to NRS - http://goo.gl/UG7hO

Try orientaltrading.com

forget chemical stick

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Get battery powered ones like these below. These are not rated water proof BUT i have used them and they do have a rubber 0-ring on seal. One annoying thing is they auto turn off after 1 hour. Same company sells water proof ones but cost about 10 buck each on ebay is best place to find the waterproof ones and those DONT turn off after 1 hour. Iam going to get the waterproof ones come this spring.I put one near front and one near back of kayak. In the long run theses save you money over chemical glow sticks. Replacement batteries can be had off enay dirt cheap. Each stick uses3 batteries but I got a pack of 30 batteries off ebay for around 5 bucks. Batteries will last a long time.
Radio shack also carries these in store but not water proof rated ones. But like I said I got mine plenty wet never had problem other than auto turn off after a hour.


I find the LED glowsticks can be a bit bright and harm night vision, but they do make you pretty visible at night. I use Sylvania ones that I got at the dollar store (same place I get my chemical glowsticks).

Did a lot of night paddles this past season and putting glow sticks on the bow and stern of each boat was really invaluable…maybe not for visibility to speedboats but it helped the group keep track of where each other was on the water.

You can’t puncture a battery-operated one to get at the glowing green stuff and splatter it all over yourself so you can walk around like a miniature galaxy.


You can do that?
Cool. Time to put on the paintin’ clothes and freak out the grandkids!


How many glowsticks for $50 ? How 'bout a thousand!


Glow sticks are not all Equal

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You'll pay decent money for decent amount of lumens

-- http://1000bulbs.com/product/7625/CY-908001.html

Need other options, other applications


We get them on ebay
You just have to be careful what size they are.

What we do is tie one to the bow handle and hang it in front of the bow so it’s out of the paddlers line of sight, no night vision problems.

We also tie one to the back of the paddlers PFD shoulder strap, so it’s up higher and both boat and paddler are marked.

Last years night trip coincided with the Perseid meteor shower, that was fun.



Zing! NM

THANX for all of your suggestions.

@randy_morgart: I led a “midnite” kayak in for meteors, but bc of CLOUDS only two people saw a few each :frowning:

one does the trick
Just a small puncture to let it spray out when you shake it. If you make too big a hole, it’ll just drip out, along with the glass.

*Disclaimer: I am unaware of any health risks associated with this activity.

75 cents each, mabye
I just caught a link to these. Not sure if shipping might make it bad for savings.


Use as a Tool vs Novelty
The novelty glowsticks are cheap, and great for parties.

Industrial Grade chemlights are tools used by companies.

Depending on your intended use, you might want to

rethink the price when loading your gear bag for kayaking

Brightest to dimmest for chemlights once snapped:

Green, Yellow, Red, Pink, Blue, and Purple.

I go to Target
In the dollar section near the door I can usually find tubes of these for a buck.

Theyare more common after halloween but I generally find them all year long.

And A single tube has enough to hand gtom my PFD, boat bow & Stern, paddle and my co-paddlers too.

glo stix
If you live near a Michael’s arts and crafts store, you can get a tube of 15 skinny stix/$1 that connect as a circle (ala bracelet). I think available in stores only, not on-line?

I like this site:


They usually cost a little more than a dollar per piece but they are very good quality.

5+ year old thread, but glow sticks are nasty. Highly toxic phenols inside glass tubes, and then wrapped in plastic for single use then discarded. Can’t be a good idea.


When I first started scuba diving over 30 years ago we used them attached to tank valves for night dives until we heard that if they get loose, fish eat them thinking they are bait and then the fish die. All the scuba divers I know converted over to small AAA-powered, waterproof lights. A much better idea even if they cost more.