Everything you need to know about neon stickers & why to use them

Before we start, it’s worth saying that neon stickers can also be referred to as fluorescent or day-glo stickers. If you see these terms around, you can use them all.

Some industries, such as the motorsport industry, use neon colors to their advantage.

Have you ever seen Valentino Rossi?

Valentino Rossi fluorescent stickers

Easy to spot isn’t he?

Why is this?

What makes neon colors so bright?

Typical colors reflect a maximum of 90% of the available light as their color. However, neon colors reflect up to 300% of their color, appearing much brighter!

Why is this?

Neon colors contain unique pigments that absorb light outside the visible spectrum and re-emit them as light that we can see.

This is what makes neon colors appear so much brighter than standard colors.

Here are some technical details

Skip this if you don’t really care why neon colors are so much brighter.

If you do, this will be interesting to you.

The human eye can see a very narrow range in the middle of the electromagnetic spectrum, known as the visible light spectrum.

This image helps to show how little the human eye can see in the whole spectrum:

Visible light spectrum

Standard colors absorb and re-emit up to 90% of this visible spectrum that matches its primary wavelength (i.e., it’s color). The remaining light is absorbed and dissipated as heat.

Neon colors contain fluorophore molecules that fluoresce when excited by light.

These colors use up to 300% more visible light spectrum and lower light wavelengths than conventional colors. They re-emit this wider band of light as visible light to the human eye.

Because of this, the human eye views neon colors as far brighter as if they’re glowing!

When to use neon stickers?

As you know, these stickers are brighter & stand out way more than others.

They’re also unique as most brands don’t use these incredible shades of color to their advantage.

We recommend using neon stickers in some of these applications, particularly where you need to stand out, such as on a shelf when surrounded by competitors products:

  • Drinks beverage stickers
  • Food packaging labels
  • Warning stickers
  • Premium logo and branding stickers for event handouts
  • Health & Safety stickers
  • Phone and laptop branding
  • Machine labeling
  • Special promotion stickers

Here are some excellent examples to get your mind racing:

When not to use neon stickers?

You can use neon stickers for up to 6 months outdoors and 2 years indoors.

This reduced outdoor life is because of fading (known as photobleaching).

The fluorescent pigments that give the color their vibrant brightness also will become ineffective over time when exposed to direct sunlight.

Therefore, we recommend using neon stickers mainly for indoor use, food & drinks packaging, or short-term outdoor use. In particular, they’re great for special promotions labels or construction site warning stickers.

faded 50% off fluorescent sticker in a shop window

What shades of neon are available?

Neon stickers are generally only available in the following shades:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • Green

We can create more; however, the fluorescent pigment needs to be mixed with conventional colors.

This generates less fluorescent pigment in the final color, so it will appear less bright.

It’s why we recommend sticking with these few shades. By combining them with other colors, you can create a massive variety of different effects & designs.

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