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The products come in stick form, or tubes little to do in bracelets and necklaces. A break, and they shine with a bright neon glow for a couple of hours. What shines in this way?

The glow stick reaction is an example of chemilumenescence. The chemical reaction in a light suit involves several different stages. Commercial light sticks have a hydrogen peroxide solution and a solution containing a phenyl oxalate ester and a fluorescent dye. The following is the sequence of the reaction when combined solutions: 1. Hydrogen peroxide oxidizes phenyl oxalate ester, resulting in a phenol and an unstable peroxyacid ester. 2. The unstable peroxyacid ester decomposes, resulting in additional phenol conpound peroxide cyclical. 3. The cyclic peroxide compound decomposes into carbon dioxide. 4. This decomposition releases energy to the dye. 5. The electrons of atoms Dye jump to a higher energy level, then returns to the lowest level of energy that emit energy as light. Please remember a light stick is housing two solutions, and is a portable chemistry experiment. The above information is also on howstuffworks.com.

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