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6 DIY Materials for Solar Powered Night Illumination

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Here at WonderHowTo, we can't get enough of Inventables. The innovator's hardware store is a dreamland for DIYers, full of wildly inventive materials and products. They were a natural choice for this week's Giveaway, and while we're only giving away one of the products listed below, we're inspired by all of Inventable's eco-friendly, solar powered illumination materials. The DIY possibilities are endless!

1. Powerless Illuminating Tubing

6 DIY Materials for Solar Powered Night Illumination

If you've already participated in this week's Giveaway, read on. But for those who have yet to discover powerless illuminating tubing, it is a flexible, UV-resistant tubing that converts solar energy into nighttime illumination. Just 5 minutes of sunlight can yield 8 hours of nighttime glow! Enter our giveaway before Monday, May 30th, 11:59pm PST for a chance to win a 3 piece kit.

2. Illuminating Resins

6 DIY Materials for Solar Powered Night Illumination

The "rawest" material of the bunch, illuminating resin can be injected or molded into a variety of different products. Solar activation for just 5-30 minutes will result in a glow for over 8 hours. Currently used in running shoes, bike handles, helmets and ski boots.

3. Glow-in-the-Dark Glass

6 DIY Materials for Solar Powered Night Illumination

This light-charged glass emits a a blue/green light for more than an hour after 20 minutes of solar activation. If you don't mind a light you can't turn off, this material is an eco-friendly and electricity-saving solution for home building applications. But it sure ain't cheap—each brick goes for $227.00 a pop.

4. Photoluminescent PVC Sheets

6 DIY Materials for Solar Powered Night Illumination

In flexible PVC sheet form, this photoluminescence material also glows for approximately 8 hours with very little solar activation. Cut it, build with it, attach it. Currently predominately used in safety situations, the application possibilities are vast.

5. Powerless Illuminating Strips

6 DIY Materials for Solar Powered Night Illumination

These durable polymer strips can function for up to 15 years, and can be added as trim to most fabrics. Currently used on backpacks, ski jackets, awnings, pet harnesses, and safety apparel. What would you use it for?

6. Glow-in-the-Dark Thread

6 DIY Materials for Solar Powered Night Illumination

Weave phosphorescence into your clothing or home accessories with this UV activated glow-in-the-dark thread. It can be washed and reused continually without damage to its ability to glow. Imagine a garment with "hidden messages" knitted in!

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Woooow nr 6. I would make some GLOW-IN-THE-DARK-UNDERPANTS-2000 :D

Glow in the dark! cool! if we are able to focus all the light from these.. may be it can be put into MARS ROVERS!! :) or street lights here on earth.. many other awesome applications:)

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