Garden Art forum: Gazing balls 'glow in the dark' that don't

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 28, 2015 6:53 PM CST
I have now bought the THIRD gazing ball that advertises 'glow in the dark' that doesn't... Thumbs down This over a period of several years. Has anyone else had this experience? I live in 'The Sunshine State' - it's not for lack of sun!
Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 29, 2015 4:20 AM CST

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I don't have any gazing balls so no. I'm so sorry yours isn't glowing Crying Have you contacted the company? I hope you find a resolution.

witchby9
Mar 30, 2015 12:19 PM CST
Suggestion, If you still have all 3 gazing balls, go to hardware dept. and get you the Krylon spray paint "Glowz". Make a spring project out of them and repaint them with the glowz paint, If you are artistic then you can get some of the rustoleum specialty glow in the dark luminous latex paint in different colors, and design some groovy outdoor splendors...Be sure to place them in direct sunlight for full effect...Good luck and take some pictures...
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 30, 2015 1:35 PM CST
I only have the one. But I had never heard of glow in the dark paint so I will apply that liberally Hilarious! Thanks!
Just heard about magnetic paint too. How awesome is that? Just not for this purpose Shrug!
Name: Elfrieda
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orchidgal
Mar 31, 2015 6:27 PM CST
Hetty, I bought that glow in the dark paint and wish I'd googled it first, as there were countless of disappointed customers on various websites Frankly, it's a load of c...! I live in the sunshine state too, but it doesn't work, unless there's a newer product out from early last year. I even emailed the manufacturer, who makes a fabulous spray paint for plastic; but no response from them.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 31, 2015 6:44 PM CST
Thanks for letting me know, Elfie. Sounds like the whole glow in the dark billing is a bit of a misnomer. Thumbs down
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cheryl10
Apr 1, 2015 7:39 AM CST
If we're talking about the same type of gazing ball where the swirls of green and blue are on the inside glass of the ball, my "glow in the dark" gazing ball slightly glowed for about a week and then nothing.
I must have purchased it about 5 years ago and it was not cheap. It still looks pretty and is sighted in full sun, but no glow at all.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Apr 1, 2015 8:37 AM CST
Sounds like a BBB case Grumbling
Fortunately I didn't pay very much, but I know I returned one several years ago that had the same problem, that was a gift and DID cost a lot.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 3, 2015 11:56 AM CST
This stuff has good reviews on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Green-Glow-Dark-Paint/dp/B00BD63...
But this is NOT a spray paint.
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rosesse
Apr 6, 2015 9:10 AM CST
If the ball uses a solar light, you might replace the battery. Solar lights are often sold with cheap batteries that won't recharge. The orange box store carries good batteries in the solar light display. Then give it a few days of bright sunlight.

Another idea, if the ball has an opening, find a solar light with the charger on a cord. The light goes inside the ball and the charger sits nearby. You can make your own gazing balls with these lights and glass or plastic light fixture globes.

And check your local resources for proper disposal of rechargeable batteries.

NJ (Zone 6b)
cheryl10
Apr 9, 2015 8:43 AM CST
rosesse said:If the ball uses a solar light, you might replace the battery. Solar lights are often sold with cheap batteries that won't recharge. The orange box store carries good batteries in the solar light display. Then give it a few days of bright sunlight.

Another idea, if the ball has an opening, find a solar light with the charger on a cord. The light goes inside the ball and the charger sits nearby. You can make your own gazing balls with these lights and glass or plastic light fixture globes.

And check your local resources for proper disposal of rechargeable batteries.


This is a great idea for the gazing ball that no longer glows. I never would have thought of that. I'm going to try it. Thank you!
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Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2015 8:24 PM CST
Very disappointing to me to read this (but I'm glad I did). I've had my eye on those "glow in the dark" gazing balls for a while now...

Last summer DH put a little solar hummingbird stake that my sister-in-law gave me out in the flower garden and all summer I was wondering why it wasn't lighting up (although, to be brutally honest, there were so many weeds that I thought maybe I just couldn't see it from the house...). Then it turned out that he had neglected to slide the on-off switch to "on" Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 20, 2015 8:33 AM CST
I have several of those little solar stakes and they last pretty well. There are some out back that have been out year-round for 3 or 4 years and they're still "glowing" strong. Smiling But I also have some that died after a year, too. These were really cheap: a box of 3 from Harbor Freight on sale for $13.95 a box. Thumbs up
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froggardener
Jun 17, 2015 8:04 AM CST
I'm glad I read this also, I was going to get one for daughter in law
I have tried the Martha Stewart glow in the dark paint
Waste of money, even with several coats........no glow
So on the pot I painted with it, I put glow in the dark duct tape on it
Worked great Hilarious! Hurray! Hilarious! Hurray! Hilarious!

I just put a stripe with the tape
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 17, 2015 11:23 AM CST
Glow in the dark duct tape? Cool! Never heard of that! Thumbs up
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plantmanager
Apr 24, 2016 8:11 PM CST
I was given a glow in the dark gazing globe/wind spinner. It has never glowed at all, and we have plenty of sunshine.
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