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Flexiglow UV Reactive Neon Paint 127

VL is running a review of (no I'm not kidding) UV Reflective Paint for whatever sort of artistic case design aspirations you might have. Various colors and some bad photos make me kind of wonder about the whole thing, but perhaps others have more informed thoughts...
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Flexiglow UV Reactive Neon Paint

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  • UV warning system (Score:4, Informative)

    by r00t ( 33219 ) on Sunday November 21, 2004 @12:01PM (#10880951) Journal
    If the computer case glows, you have problems.
    UV leads to eye damage. (cateracts?)

    Plus there's skin cancer, your furniture fading...
  • by AndroidCat ( 229562 ) on Sunday November 21, 2004 @12:16PM (#10881016) Homepage
    It's a new name, you see. Fluorescent, Day-Glo, Neon and now UV Reactive! (I could never understand Neon. Neon is a very specific amber-ish colour that you get from Neon gas in a light tube, not that taser-lime colour.)
  • Re:I have to ask (Score:5, Informative)

    by legirons ( 809082 ) on Sunday November 21, 2004 @12:29PM (#10881089)
    "are these UV lights entirely safe for longterm exposure?"

    They may not know the birthdate of Alexander Hamilton, but Wikipedia does have an article [] on ultraviolet light and its health effects.
  • Why yes (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 21, 2004 @01:04PM (#10881252)

    its not cheap but it can be done []

  • Re:the laws (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 21, 2004 @02:05PM (#10881564)
    Not true. It is forbidden to sell computers and parts of computers which do not adhere to certain standards (It must not interfere with other electronics, very much the same thing the FCC does in the USA)
  • by sakusha ( 441986 ) on Sunday November 21, 2004 @03:06PM (#10881934)
    So will prolonged exposure to too much visible light. It is all just radiation, and too much radiation at ANY frequency is harmful. Higher-frequency radiation tends to be worse, but UV and visible light at not that far apart on the frequency scale, at least on the low end where recreational paint targets.

    Which, brings up another issue. Commercial UV equipment may be at a higher frequency and intensity than recreational UV equipment. Recreational UV stuff usually targets lower frequencies to reduce risk. Your workplace may use higher UV frequencies for industrial needs, which can be near to X-rays. The range of frequencies from "long-wave" UV to "short-wave" UV is relatively wide.

    You are spreading dangerous misinformation. You say that exposure to "regular light" will give you cataracts and skin cancer too. So what IS "regular light?" Stuff that comes out of incandescent bulbs? Nope. Full spectrum sunlight? Yeah, that will give you problems, because it has UV in it too. It's the UV light, not visible spectrum light, that will give you skin cancer and cataracts.

    There is no difference whatsoever between the commercial UV rigs I used and the "recreational" UV lamps, except in intensity. The spectra are almost identical. I use an array of 6 "recreational" UV tubes to expose the same narrow-spectrum UV sensitive plates I used in the pro lab, except it takes 15 minutes to expose the plates instead of 2 minutes. I guarantee you that these "recreational" UV tubes are just as dangerous as the high-intensity rigs, in fact, the "recreational" tubes might be MORE dangerous, because idiots like YOU think they're safe and thus they have more cumulative exposure with no precautions whatsoever.

    I realize this is slashdot, and every idiot thinks their opinion is correct, but I remind you, UV systems are an area where I have professional expertise and you don't know jack shit about them compared to me. So just SHUT the FUCK up, and quit telling people these lamps are safe, unless you want to be personally responsible for giving people skin cancer and cataracts. YOU are a health risk, if you spread incorrect information that would encourage people to take stupid, unnecessary risks.
  • Highlighters (Score:2, Informative)

    by kd5ujz ( 640580 ) <> on Sunday November 21, 2004 @05:29PM (#10882757)
    I have recieved almost identical results with highlighters and a UV light sorce.

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