Photoluminescence - Electric Free Alternative Lighting Technology

Mar 3, 2020 10:45:00 AM / by Zachary L. Green


Photoluminescence Technology


               There are several different types of luminous technologies:


  • A biological mechanism within living organisms.bioluminescence
  • An example most of us are familiar with are fireflies:
  1. Fireflies can use their natural biology to emit light.
  • Another example would be phytoplankton:
  1. Phytoplankton is microscopic plants.
  2. During certain times of the year, you can take a canoe ride through dark lagoons and have a bioluminescence tail behind you, leaving a glow in the dark pathway.
  • Jellyfish are also another good example of bioluminescence.

Chemical luminescence:

glow sticks

  • Similar to when we were children and had those glow in the dark necklaces and toys.
  • There is a glass capsule inside some type of other liquid and embedded in a necklace or a glow stick.
  1. When the glass capsule is cracked open, the two chemicals react together, and the byproduct is luminescence.
  • Used mostly in the military as well as purposes such as toys.

Electrical luminescence:Electric Exit Sign

  • LED or similar lighting that use some type of electrical charge to cause light to come out of it.
  1. Your typical electrical exit sign, that contains light bulbs and is powered by batteries or electrical sources is an example of this technology.

Radio luminescence:

  • Uses a nuclear isotope called either radium or tritium.
  1. This nuclear isotope is what makes this kind of materials glow.
  • Common usages:
  1. Gun sites in the military.
  2. Compasses. 
  3. Exit signs in the market place that utilize the use of radium/tritium materials.

This finally brings us to the last type of luminous technology that we specialize here at LumAware:


  • Absorbs any external light source, such as sunlight or LED lighting, and uses that stored light to emit a bright glow.
  • LumAware uses a special type of crystal that utilizes rare earth elements such as strontium and europium.

Lumaware sign light dark

  1. The strontium used in our product is very safe, typically used in calcium tablets and sensitive toothpaste.
  2. Europium is a rare earth element.
  3. These rare earth elements allow for fast charging and long lasting luminescence. 
  • When these chemicals are combined, they form into a crystal.
  • Once light hits that crystal, the crystal gets excited, releases light out of it, glowing for many hours.

Common question: What makes LumAware different from other photoluminescent products?

Different types of glow in the dark

  • A proprietary blend that we’ve developed called Advance Photoluminescent Technology®.
  1. For our blend, we source pharmaceutical-grade strontium and europium directly from the source.
  • The thing that really sets us apart from competitors is how we suspend our crystals in the different substrates such as our exit signs, paint, tape, and other products that we have.
  1. Think of photoluminescent crystals as a pile of salt, we take that pile of salt in a salt shaker and shine a flashlight on it.
  2. What is advance photoluminescent technology The only part of those crystals that are going to get light is the thin layer on top because the rest at the bottom are packed densely together.

  3. With Advance Photoluminescent Technology®, we take those crystals and separate them out on a microscopic level so that now, there is enough space for the first crystal to charge the next crystal. And then that crystal charges the next one and so forth.

As a result of this, you're able to get a much brighter glow, a faster glow, but also we're using less of that technology so we're able to pass those cost savings on to you.

-🔋 No batteries
-💡 No light bulbs
-♻️ Are sustainable
-🔌 No electricity
-👨‍🔧 No monthly testing or maintenance


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Zachary L. Green

Written by Zachary L. Green

Zachary Green is a 1991 graduate of Roger Bacon High School and a 1995 graduate of Bowling Green State University. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former lieutenant with his local fire department, Zachary is the founder and CEO of MN8 LumAware/Foxfire. MN8 is a global leader in photoluminescent safety solutions used by over 80,000 firefighters in more than 25 countries. In addition, Zachary has developed a line of safety items ranging from products that help people find their way out of dark stairwells to code approved EXIT signs that never need batteries, lightbulbs, electricity or testing. These products save over 7 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, 30,000 batteries and 60,000 lightbulbs per year. Zachary recently received the President of the United Sates “E” award for exporting and has been honored as Exporter of the Year by the Ohio Small Business Administration. Zachary was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, the front page of, and in USA Today along with numerous other local and national media outlets. Zachary has testified in front of the US House of Representative Small Business committee and was named Entrepreneur of the year by Governor John Kasich. Zachary was also selected by the Obama White House as one of 10 entrepreneurs to represent the United States at the Global Entrepreneur Summit. Zachary Green has presented to hundreds of trade organizations, facilities and architectural firms, and was an expert witness for the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee. As an American Institute of Architects HSW presenter, he has lectured to hundreds of architects representing dozens of architectural firms throughout the nation. A specialist in photoluminescent safety applications and the associated International Building and Fire codes, Zachary has developed the International Code Council (ICC), International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC) curriculum for the state Fire Marshal of South Carolina that featured egress and EXIT sign safety-approved training. Zachary has presented to various state fire and building inspectors throughout Ohio, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and internationally. Zachary Green lives in the City of Wyoming (Cincinnati),Ohio was recently elected to the Wyoming (Ohio) City council.