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Glow in the dark swimming ponds!

 
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I don't know why I just thought this one up?! Add glass glow stones impregnated with strontium aluminate to ponds which produces a powerful glow from light green to aquamarine. Light absorbing and emitting properties last indefinitely from what I understand and can have a glow duration of up to 15 hours. What a sight that would be! Pond water would have to be light amber to clear for enough light penetration to reach the stones.



 
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Thats really neat stuff, I think I would rather use it for walking paths to see at night.

It might be cool in ornamental ponds or water features.
I think in an organic pond though they would get covered up eventually and be buried in the muck.

 
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Ponds with high organic content would reduce the effect. I need to dive into the natural chemistry of clear water springs in order to achieve the desired effect naturally. This is a work in progress.
 
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It could work as a safety edging for any pool that has a concrete, stone or brick wall or patio.
 
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There are a whole host of things that they can be used for. I haven't found a single picture to illustrate the combination of natural swimming ponds and glow stones but because it is so simple it is hard to claim that it is an original idea (not that it matters). It would look something like these two images put together.

 
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Claim it as your invention Amadean. I once invented mocha. Until my daughter set me straight, I basked in the glory of my creation.
Put these stones under the Noma lights. When the lights are off, the path will still be marked. Stick them to hiking trail trees so that stragglers can make it back to the campground after dark.
 
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This is really cool! So am I reading this right that they 'recharge' themselves everyday?
 
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Jeanine Gurley wrote:This is really cool! So am I reading this right that they 'recharge' themselves everyday?



Yes, all that is required is full sun for 30 min and it will emit a strong glow and slowly degrade for up to 15 hours. From my understanding, the material does not degrade.
 
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This stuff looks great - we'll be laying an outdoor path area soon and could easily incorporate some of this stuff.
 
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Beautiful stuff for creating other-worldy after dark spaces. The installation with the Logs in the photos is great - reminds me of a lot of stuff I saw in the woods around the watermill center .. and of things I would like to do.

In the water, it would be extra magical.

Could this illuminate Paul's HUSP zone after dark?

It also really reminds me of this guy's work even though its kinda nothing like it. James Turrell. Must be the colours..and the simple fact that its light I suppose !!

It seems its mostly sold as a pigment - hopefully its non-toxic !

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thanks for making this post, this is a truly awesome idea!
for using them in pond, what about simply putting them inside of plexi-glass or thick glass boxes that are built into the pond bottom or suspended with the appropriate amount of floatation so as to remain supmerged? then removing organic matter and sludge would be as simple as taking a dip and scrubbing said boxes clean, this would also - i imagine - attract some insects at night, reducing your feed needs should you also have fish in this water:)
 
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I don't use these in a pond, but I do have some running down the edge of a path so I can vaguely see where I'm going at night (old aquarium glow stones)
 
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I decorated the swimming pool with luminous stone, and it was as gorgeous as the galaxy at night. During the construction, the luminous stone was embedded in it, and it was made in three colors.
https://glowtechno.com
 
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Where do you buy them ??
 
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Looks like you can find Strontium Aluminate in a powder form rather easily:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=strontium+aluminate&_sacat=0

Apparently it's a popular additive to epoxy resin.

...And yes! This seems like a fascinating, interesting project to jump into and experiment with.
 
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Making enough to produce the effects in the photos seems as if it would be rather expensive. :( shame, as it looks wonderful!
 
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