Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blacklight Volleball Court Locations

Once you have decided to throw a blacklight volleyball game our tournament, the biggest question is often "where do I have it"?  The great thing about glow volleyball much like its regular counterpart is that you can set up a court in such a variety of places.  Indoor courts are undoubtedly the most versatile since they allow you to control ambient light and have games during daylight hours.  Also, ample electricity for your blacklights is almost always available in a warehouse, gymnasium, or arena.  Also, large indoor spaces allow for a multiple court setup perfect for large blackout volleyball tournaments as seen below.$file/Blacklight%202014_9.jpg 

Nighttime outdoor blacklight volleyball tournaments have their own amazing benefits.  They often can take place on existing sand or grass volleyball courts.  In addition, you can place blacklights in any parking lot, field, or patio to create a makeshift glow arena of your own.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blacklight Volleyball Glow Decorations!

The only thing better than a volleyball tournament is the thrill of playing while glowing in the dark. Regardless of whether it is indoors, or outdoor sand, blacklight volleyball is the latest craze.  While there are many ways to ensure the success of your glow event, the easiest is to ensure that you have great black light reactive uniforms and decorations.

In our previous posts, we have featured some great tips and tricks including:
Blacklight reactive volleyballs, Neon tape for court lines, fluorescent uniform ideas, black light paint, and powerful blacklight rentals.

Another great inexpensive tip is to use "fluorescent flagging tape" which glows incredibly under ultraviolet blacklight.  While traditionally used in construction, maintenance and industrial usage to mark off and flag items of interest, this neon tape is non-adhesive, slightly elastic, and flexible.  It comes in rolls of different sizes and widths.  This can best be used during blacklight volleyball games as a net enhancement.  It can easily be woven throughout the net to make a traditional net pop.  It can also be used for court demarcation, team identifying arm or headbands, and general decorations.

Fluorescent Flagging tape can be found online or at any hardware store such as Lowes, Home Depot or Ace.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Highlighters Create Invisible Uniforms

A great tip, is to use fluorescent yellow highlighters on your skin to create invisible uniforms and decorations that will glow great under the blacklights.  This is a cheap and easy way to spice up your Black Light Volleyball event!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Perfect Blacklight

While traditional blacklights are ubiquitous, the perfect light for a large glow dodgeball tournament is not as common.  The guys at  provide high power long throw lights great for large venues such as gymnasiums and courts for dodgeball.  Each of the units can shoot over 60ft for great coverage of your extreme dodgeball event.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fluorescent Court Lines and Decorations

Fluorescent Tape 
Creating bright glowing boundaries, court borders, and decorations is easy with fluorescent tape.  Blacklights will make fluorescent tape glow brightly.  Most tapes marketed as neon or fluorescent will glow brightly under a blacklight.  These tapes are ubiquitous and easy to find at any hardware, home, or craft store.  You don't need specialty blacklight tape so pick up a couple of rolls and make your volleyball court glow.  For sand volleyball courts, use fluorescent cones or neon string to mark boundaries and adorn the net.

If you are concerned about leaving a residue on your court, you can use a special type of tape called Gaffers Tape.  This tape can be found in a variety of fluorescent colors that glow great under a blacklight.  This is designed for stage use so that the tape is removable without residue.  You can find gaffers tape at a variety of online vendors.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blacklight Paints

Room decorations, murals, and game uniforms can be easily decorated with blacklight reactive paint.  This preparation can even be a fun additional activity prior to your tournament.  Many people think you need special "blacklight" or "glow in the dark" paints to get the full effect under a blacklight.  The truth is, that with most powerful blacklights, regular ubiquitous fluorescent paints will glow brightly under a black light.  These can be purchased at any home or craft store.  A great inexpensive example can be seen below.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Make Your Volleyballs Glow

We came across this site with cool neon volleyballs that glow great under blacklights:

Alternatively, you can spray paint a regular ball with any fluorescent spray paint or even use fluorescent tape to cover your existing balls for an awesome glow!

Blacklight Basics

Blacklights emit light in the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum to make anything fluorescent glow brightly without emitting much visible light.  For blacklight volleyball, this allows you to control what is glowing.  By using fluorescent balls, court lines, and uniforms, you can create an amazing glow volleyball experience.


Types of Blacklights:
·      Fluorescent tubes: 

Often found in 48", 24", and 18" varieties, these are basically fluorescent lamps with a different sort of phosphor coating. This coating absorbs harmful shortwave UV-B and UV-C light and emits UV-A light (in the same basic way the phosphor in a fluorescent lamp absorbs UV light and emits visible light). The "black" glass tube itself blocks most visible light, so in the end only benign long-wave UV-A light, along with some blue and violet visible light, passes through.

Pros: Ubiquitous and you may already own them

Cons: Weak light and limited range means you may need many of these to cover a volleyball court.  Also, the lights need to screw into a ballast (fixture).  The lights are easily breakable and can be very difficult to store for reuse.

·     Incandescent Light Bulbs:

An incandescent black light bulb is similar to a normal household light bulb, but it uses light filters to absorb the light from the heated filament. It absorbs everything except the infrared and UV-A light (and a little bit of visible light.

Pros: They technically can make things glow

Cons: These are the weakest of blacklights.  They are unable to project more than a few feet and are a poor choice for volleyball or other large events. 

·         Mercury Vapor Bulbs:

Mercury Vapor black light lamps are made in power ratings of 100 to 1000 watts. These do not use phosphors, but rely on the intensified and slightly broadened 350–375 nm spectral line of mercury from high pressure discharge at between 5 and 10 standard atmospheres (500 and 1,000 kPa), depending upon the specific type. These lamps use envelopes of Wood's glass or similar optical filter coatings to block out all the visible light and also the short wavelength (UVC) lines of mercury at 184.4 and 253.7 nm, which are harmful to the eyes and skin. A few other spectral lines, falling within the pass band of the Wood's glass between 300 and 400 nm, contribute to the output. These lamps are used mainly for theatrical purposes and concert displays. They are more efficient UVA producers per unit of power consumption than fluorescent tubes.

Pros: These can be powerful units and project a long distance

Cons: Bulbs are breakable. The fixtures tend to be bulky and very heavy. The units will get extremely hot during use and have to have cool down periods between uses. The bulbs take a while to warm up to full power. Risk of bulbs blowing during event

·         LED:

LED blacklights are the newest type of unit on the market.  Using solid state LED's that put out the specific blacklight frequency, they do not need filters to achieve their effect.  Certain LED fixtures can be extremely powerful and shoot from one side of your volleyball court to the other.  They are the ideal choice for a black light volleyball tournament. 

Pros: Lightweight, instant-on, no bulbs to break, cool to the touch, low power consumption, no additional fixture needed.


Harris, Tom.  "How Black Lights Work"  18 July 2002. <>  25 April 2012