Halloween has come and gone, but before we head into the holiday season we wanted to tell you about a cool application of the “Wildfire Effect” that may leave you with some great ideas for next year’s Halloween. (And it’s not too early to start thinking about it!)

Derek Fujimoto, VP of Operations here at Wildfire, has a yearly Halloween family tradition inspired by Wildfire. As a family, the Fujimotos develop their own fluorescent costumes and makeup using Wildfire paint and Kryolan fluorescent makeup, according to a (usually) Disney-inspired theme.

Last year, it was Alice in Wonderland…

Derek Fujimoto as the Mad Hatter. Derek Fujimoto as the Mad Hatter.
Derek's wife as the Chesire Cat. Derek’s wife as the Chesire Cat.
Shoes for the Mad Hatter costume. Shoes for the Mad Hatter costume.

This year, it was Snow White (combined with a Haunted Mansion influence), while his brother’s family joined in on the fun with Peter Pan…

Derek Fujimoto and family (left) with their Snow White-inspired costumes. Derek's brother [name] and family with their Peter Pan-inspired costumes. Derek Fujimoto and family (left) with their Snow White-inspired costumes. Derek’s brother, Kyle, and family (right) with Peter Pan.

Here are the same costumes in regular sunlight…

The same costumes in regular sunlight. The same costumes in regular sunlight.

It takes months of planning: selecting a theme, designing the costumes, painting, test runs, etc.

“We decide on the theme up to a year in advance,” said Fujimoto. “And we start working on the costumes months ahead of time. The whole family contributes.”

The Fujimotos use a Wildfire Effects Master LED in their home as they work on the costumes.

Once the day arrives, the Fujimotos complete the tradition with a trip to Disneyland to show off their work. Black lights in certain attractions light up the fluorescent effect. The Wildfire black lights in The Beast’s Library particularly light up the costumes, as can be seen in this image…

The fluorescent effect and colors really light up under Wildfire black lights. The fluorescent effect and colors really light up under Wildfire black lights.

What Wildfire-inspired costumes would YOU like to make next year? Start planning now… the Fujimotos are already ahead of you!


ldi16_ad_200x200_sponsorWhen: October 17-23, 2016
Where: LDI 2016 Trade Show, Las Vegas, NV
Booth: 1667

This year has already seen a revolutionary new product emerge from Wildfire: the SableLED™ UV-LED lamp designed to upgrade existing fluorescent fixtures to superior LED technology.

And now, just in time for LDI 2016, Wildfire is proud to reveal the new Effects Master™ LED Series, which represents a significant improvement over all previous Effects Master models in a number of ways…

Introducing the Effects Master™ LED Series, shown in the 4-lamp version with optional floor stand. Introducing the Effects Master™ LED Series, shown in the 4-lamp version with optional floor stand.
  1. It has much more UV output. (Trust us, it kills previous models. See the numbers on our product page.)
  2. It has better quality UV output. Even the best fluorescent lamps have a bit of visible purple light. However with the new Effects Master LED Series you get much lower visible light output for an even more stunning effect.
  3. It is way more energy efficient. You already know the story here. LEDs are energy efficient. Period. But what is interesting is the new model is 257% more energy efficient than even our fluorescent Effects Master Energy Series, which is designed to be more energy efficient (at the cost of some UV output). So… more output, less energy. Sounds like a win/win to us!
  4. It requires much less maintenance. The lamps last around 5 times longer than fluorescents. They are tough, and very difficult to break. They are self-ballasted, reducing points of failure. (Just replace the lamp when it goes out. They’re rated for 40,000 hours, which is over 4 and a half years of continuous use.)

And the best part? While they cost more up front than the older models, they are surprisingly affordable—and are actually less expensive when factoring in long-term energy and maintenance costs.

The win/wins just keep coming. Check out the Effects Master LED Series product page for all the details.

Be sure to visit us at booth #1667 at LDI for a hands-on demonstration and show specials!


This Performance Troupe Does Some Cool Stuff With Black Light Effects…

September 28, 2016

What happens when you combine black light effects with live music, singing, dancing, live painting, and audience interaction? Artrageous! Artrageous is a 12-person troupe of musicians, singers, artists, and dancers that travels the world performing unique live shows incorporating all their talents, along with a healthy dose of cool black light effects. It’s live painting […]

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Black Light Toga Party Lights Up Cancer Kids

August 9, 2016

A toga party with black lights and luminescent paint. I guess you could call it a “GLOga party.” (Cue the groans.) Ok… maybe not. At Camp Happy Days, a week long program for kids battling cancer and their siblings (meaning the siblings come too, not that they were also battling—you get the idea), they called […]

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Introducing SableLED™ – Finally, A Viable Inexpensive UV-LED Upgrade Path For UV Fluorescents.

June 29, 2016

We knew it would happen eventually. And now it’s here. SableLED™ is the first viable UV-LED that can replace all existing UV fluorescents. So what is “SableLED™”? SableLED™ is a self-contained UV-LED lamp shaped like a fluorescent lamp and designed to retrofit any existing fluorescent fixture (once the ballast has been bypassed). Here’s why we […]

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Check Out How Kendrick Lamar Used The Wildfire Effect At The Grammys

April 19, 2016

Kendrick Lamar, nominated for 11 Grammys and winning 5, gave a spectacular performance at the recent Grammys ceremony. We’re particularly excited because we provided the paint for the most spectacular part of the show. Here’s how it went down… Lamar appears on stage as part of a prison chain gang shuffling up to the microphone. […]

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This Enormous Immersive Art Exhibit Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen

April 14, 2016

A new art complex called “Meow Wolf” in Santa Fe is debuting a HUGE immersive art exhibit called “The House of Eternal Return” that will leave your jaw on the floor, even if you think you’ve seen it all. “Imagine walking inside of an entire science fiction novel,” says Vince Kadlubek in a recent TED […]

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The “Clark Griswold of Halloween” Lights Up Neighborhood In Spectacular Display

October 29, 2015

(For those too young [or too old] to remember, the 1989 comedy classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, featured Clark Griswold [Chevy Chase] who LOVED Christmas and let the whole neighborhood know it with his spectacular Christmas decorations.) Tony Zoccoli and family of Gilbert, AZ have made a tradition of creating a spectacular Halloween display in […]

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Visit Wildfire at LDI for Exclusive Show Specials and a Hands-On Look at our New VioStorm VS-120 UV LED Black Light

October 12, 2015

It’s that time of year again… when the entire lighting industry gets together to show off what we’ve been working on. And this year’s LDI—happening Oct. 23-25 in Las Vegas—will see for the very first time, a Black Light LED fixture that can actually compete with a metal halide Long Throw. Up until now, Black […]

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The Black Light LED Fixture That Can Match The Performance Of A Metal-Halide Long Throw

August 3, 2015

It has arrived, folks. A few months ago, we introduced the 60W VioStorm, an evolutionary step forward in commercial black light LED technology. We promised a 120W version—which would literally outshine ALL competing products on the market—was coming soon. Now, we’re happy to announce the arrival of the promised 120W VioStorm. It has more power, […]

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