Ultraviolet Detecting Beads

UV Beads, Assorted Colors

$6.95
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2 oz. pkg. [~250 beads per pkg.]
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Item #: UV-AST

Bulk UV Beads - 3000 Beads Assorted Colors

$54.95
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Item #: UV-750

20,000 Assorted Ultraviolet Detecting Beads

$324.95
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Item #: UV-20K


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Watch white beads change to colored when taken outside the building! When returned they turn back to white. What causes the change? Humidity? Temperature? Fresh air? Birds flying overhead? The beads contain pigments which react with ultraviolet light from the sun, even on a cloudy day. They also change with most classroom UV light sources. Students can make their own UV light detecting bracelet by stringing the beads on a pipe stem or on a strip of rawhide. Great for teaching UV awareness! Use the beads to test the UV blocking effectiveness of sunblock, sunglasses, windows, etc. Lesson activities are included. Available in five colors, all beads are pale, off-white in the absence of UV light. The ultraviolet beads will cycle back and forth (to bright colors and back again) over 50,000 times! Approximately 250 beads per package. Looking for individual colors? Click here.

All of our UV beads are the same size. Approximate bead dimensions:
diameter 8.5 mm (5/16 inch) - center hole 3.6 mm (9/64 inch)

How many bracelets? How much rawhide?

UV-AST 250 beads - 25 bracelets - 25' = 9 yards of UV-RAW.
UV-750 3000 beads - 300 bracelets - 300' = 4 rolls of UV-310

Read more on our Blog - Chemistry of Ultraviolet Detecting Beads with Video

Read more on our Blog - UV Radiation Activity

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