Glow City’s Light-Up Basketball Lets Your Kid Shoot Hoops At Night


No matter how many 3s you drained on your magical run to the 1998 Bucknell B-League Intramural Championship, the odds of your kid actually landing a hoops scholarship to Duke based on natural-born talent alone is pretty slim. It’s going to take practice. And a lot of late-night free throws in the dark. Good thing you bought them this glowing basketball.

Glow City is an official NBA-sized No. 7 rock that lights up red in the dark thanks to 2 embedded “Hi-Bright” LEDs. The impact-activated lights are powered by replaceable 1.5-volt coin batteries (included) and illuminate as soon as the ball is bounced, so there’s no on-off switch. If you only dribbled the ball once before putting it under your arm to regale your kid with tales of aforementioned intramural title, the lights will cut out in 40 seconds. Bounce it again though and you’ll be able to see the bored expression on Junior’s face.

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And because a glowing ball is worthless if you can’t see the damn rim anyway, Glow City also sells a
neon basketball goal kit. It’s essentially a flexible electroluminescent wire that comes in one of 9 solid or blinking colors, runs up the hoop and around the backboard/rim, and “emits an incredible neon glow” — just like you did sophomore year after hitting that game winning trey.
Glow City LED Light Up Basketball ($28)

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