Gord, in the states we only call the photoluminescent
tapes "glow in the dark". The reflective tapes not luminescent in any way, they are referred to as "reflective" because they don't "glow" in any way, they only reflect other light. Albeit they do it damn well. The brand name most common is "3M ScotchLite" since 3M is the market leader for that material. It is (or at least was) a mixture of glass beads finely coated on the substrate. They used to make that as a paint
, but if that's still on the market 3M no longer makes it. (Someone must make it, it is silkscreened onto work vests and the like in a silvery color.)
Then of course there are tritium capsules, radioluminescent
, which glow from radioactive decay. Those are used in some exit signs, airport
runway markers, and other critical applications. In small amounts, on watch dials and in gunsights, too. But those are way more expensive, and too dangerous (toxic if opened) for the home market. There are also international import/export laws about those, since it is a radioactive material. There are still radium watch dials out there as well--where the "glow" on the dial and hands is form radium-based paint
. I think that was banned in the 20's or 30's, but the watches are still out there. And the plant that made most of the paint was only recently (in the late 80's) cleaned up as an EPA "Superfund" site. It is now the unsuspecting home of a health
I wonder if "Glint Tape" is someone's Canadian trademark, like 3M's Scotchlite is a mark? I've never heard the term in the US.