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Glow-in-the-dark driveways are trending right now, but making your pathway look like a starry night is not just pretty — it’s also better for the environment. Instead of lighting up your driveway or walkways with costly, energy-sucking lights, you can use luminescent products that will light your way, no electricity required.
How can you achieve a glow-in-the-dark driveway? It’s easy, and you have a few options.
Buy Pre-Made Glow-In-The-Dark Pebbles
You can use a product like CORE Glow, which are photo-luminescent pebbles that store light from the sun during the day and then slowly release their glow during the night (for up to 12 hours).
The CORE Glow products are available in recycled glass, marble or pebbles (plastic), and you can purchase a sample pack for as little as $20.
Another pre-made option is Unime pebbles, which are made of photo-luminescent pigment and resin. A pack of 100 pebbles costs just under $11.
DIY: How To Make Your Own Glow-In-The-Dark Pebbles
If you would rather DIY your glow-in-the-dark driveway, there are many possibilities. You can use glow-in-the-dark paint (a spray paint version will probably be easiest to use) and paint large stones to line your driveway or walkway. You can also do this with small pebbles, although that would be a bit more painstaking.
If you are laying down a new driveway or pathway, you can also mix pigment with the concrete, which will give the stones an overall glow. Products like Glow are specially formulated for mixing, and the Glow website offers instructions to help you successfully DIY your own mix.
You can also consider using Ambient Glow Technology sand. This fine sand has a high luminosity and will add a gentle, ethereal glow to the area you want to light. It can be added to a variety of materials, including light-colored concrete, overlays, stuccos, grout and sprayable glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC).
You can even take your sidewalk art to the next level with this invisible spray that only appears when it gets wet.
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