Luminescent Extrusion

Plextronics extruded glow in the dark materialExtruded plastic that glows in the dark, often referred to as "glow-in-the-dark plastic," has a unique luminescent property that makes it useful for various applications where visibility in low-light or dark conditions is required. Here are some common uses for extruded plastic that glows in the dark:

  1. Safety Signage: Glow-in-the-dark plastic can be used to create safety signs, exit signs, and wayfinding markers in buildings, tunnels, and other enclosed spaces. These signs remain visible during power outages or emergencies when conventional lighting is unavailable.

  2. Emergency Exit Markings: Extruded plastic with glow-in-the-dark properties is often used to mark emergency exit routes and stairwells in buildings. It helps people locate and navigate these exits in low-light situations.

  3. Illuminated Handrails and Guardrails: Glow-in-the-dark plastic can be integrated into handrails and guardrails in staircases and walkways to improve visibility and safety, especially in dimly lit areas.

  4. Aerospace and Aviation: In the aerospace industry, glow-in-the-dark plastic may be used for instrument panel indicators and controls to assist pilots and crew members during nighttime flights or low-light conditions.

  5. Automotive Safety: Some vehicles feature glow-in-the-dark plastic components in interior buttons, switches, and controls to make them easier to locate and operate in the dark.

  6. Toys and Games: Glow-in-the-dark plastic is commonly used in the manufacturing of toys, board games, and puzzles to add an element of fun and excitement. It can create glow-in-the-dark figures, pieces, and game boards.

  7. Fishing Lures: Anglers use glow-in-the-dark plastic in the production of fishing lures and baits to attract fish in low-light or deep-sea fishing conditions.

  8. Sporting Goods: Sports equipment such as soccer balls, frisbees, and golf balls can be made with glow-in-the-dark plastic to enable nighttime or low-light play.

  9. Home Decor: Glow-in-the-dark plastic can be used in home decor items like clocks, picture frames, and wall decals, adding a unique and functional element to interior design.

  10. Halloween Decorations: Glow-in-the-dark plastic is often incorporated into Halloween decorations, including costumes, masks, and spooky props, to create eerie and eye-catching effects.

  11. Novelty Items: Various novelty items like keychains, glow sticks, and glow-in-the-dark jewelry are made using luminescent plastic for entertainment and decorative purposes.

  12. Aerospace and Astronomy Education: Glow-in-the-dark plastic can be used in educational materials and models to represent stars, planets, and constellations, making them visible in darkened classrooms or planetariums.

  13. Outdoor and Camping Gear: Glow-in-the-dark plastic can be integrated into camping gear, including tent stakes, zipper pulls, and flashlight housings, to aid campers in finding their equipment at night.

  14. Arts and Crafts: Craft enthusiasts use glow-in-the-dark plastic sheets and shapes to create unique and visually appealing artworks and craft projects.

These are just some examples of the many applications for extruded plastic that glows in the dark. Its ability to emit light without requiring external power sources makes it valuable in situations where visibility in low-light or dark environments is crucial.


At Plextrusions, Inc., we offer a variety of capabilities for your professional plastic extrusion needs. While specializing in extruding a wide range of flexible and rigid PVC profiles, we offer extrusion for many different plastics.

We own our own manufacturing facility located in North Ridgeville, Ohio – just outside of Cleveland, only 25 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins Airport. 

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