Fluorescent plastics are available in a wide variety of colors and forms: strings, rods, tubes, granulates, sheets and films. In addition, fluorescent paints and pigments can be used.
With this diversity of materials, it is possible to develop costumes with very different shapes and characters. >
There are no technical limitations for the design because no electronic elements are processed in the costume itself. That makes them long-lasting in principle.
To make these fluorescent costumes glow, you need a special illumination with black light and a darkened room.
Especially for smaller shows in nightlife environments, the transportation and installation of the lighting system is usually too costly. >
But professional illumination of the room with black light is absolutely necessary. Therefore, Beo Beyond has developed its own lighting system for these black light shows.
The company, Bender Consulting, develops fluorescent materials with incomparable variation of color and form. They also offer finished products made of fluorescent plastics. More information under www.Depro.com.
Of the techniques presented here, LEDs are by far the most complex to process, and this makes LED costumes the most expensive.
However, LEDs offer the greatest potential for light up costumes firstly, because of the high luminosity and miniaturization of LEDs, and secondly, because of the possible combination with an electronic lighting control. This enables different light effects like changing colors. >
To integrate electronic elements in clothing would of course be problematic because you're likely to wash them.
Beo Beyond solves this problem with the use of PVC and a design that is easy to clean. Textiles are not used.
Electroluminescent Materials: El Wire, or EL Tape, radiates light uniformly in all directions in response to the passage of an electric current.
They are easy to operate with batteries and are therefore very popular for mobile applications. >
Unfortunately, the luminosity of EL materials decreases with time, and the conductor of the EL wire breaks through repeated bending. Therefore, their use in light up costumes is limited to inflexible parts, which is suitable, for example, on hats or masks.
These textiles are developed primarily for decorative purposes and not for clothing.
The integrated optical fibers are usually lit with LEDs. The fabric can therefore easily change the color with the use of electronic lighting control, which enables a multitude of effects. >
The optical fibers are flexible but break when overstretched. As a result, the fabric is difficult to clean. In general, textiles with optical fibers are too sensitive for use in clothing. In addition, their brightness is not sufficient for most applications. Beo Beyond uses these textiles only for photography work and not for light up costumes.
Manufacturers of these fabrics can be found under Associates.