in the dark

in the dark

Companies across the country are beginning to use pigment to make everything from glow-in-the-dark paint to clothing. The glow can last for about 12 hours and can be fully recharged in as little as 10 minutes, even with a very low level of light, according to Gary M. Lamphier, a partner in Visionglow of North America LLC.

The pigment is produced in Australia using a compound to grow crystals, Lamphier said. He hopes one day to produce the crystals in this country, rather than import them.

Rust-Oleum uses the pigment for its Glow-Max paints, which sell for $275 to $325 a gallon. Other glow-in-the-dark paints, which have the texture of sandpaper when applied, sell for two to three times that much.

Sherwin-Williams Photoluminescent is a floor and wall-coating system that uses the product. It may not be long before it will have glow-in-the-dark paints, Lamphier said.

The pigment is being tested on protective clothing for firefighters, replacing markings that reflect light. A test in New Jersey is intended to make roadway-lane markings glow instead of reflect light, which should make them easier to see in the rain, Lamphier said.

Your kids will never want to leave the bathroom when you decorate their personal hygiene space with the Fish 'n Flush aquarium toilet tank.

The novelty bathroom fixture is a fully functional commode that operates with a dual-filter system safe for children, according to the manufacturer.

It's a two-piece tank from AquaOne fronted with a clear, slim 2.2-gallon aquarium, behind which the rest of the tank serves its normal purpose. The aquarium can be filled with water for fish, or become a terrarium housing plants or even a pet reptile. Your choice, according to your imagination. You provide water, fish and food; plastic plants come with the tank within a tank. $299. Available at

Compiled from wire reports.