Camo Search and Rescue patch with IR and Photo-luminescent film. A unique patch used for covert and non-covert operations.

IR.Tools™ now has a IR/Photoluminescent patches

The photoluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) film is added to our standard IR glow tape to create a unique patch.

These patches have a very different function which must be understood before deciding if these patches are what you need for your operations.


Photo-luminescent film emits a blue green glow for 8 hours when fully charged. Can be seen with the naked eye.




Combining the IR film with PL film brings together an active and a passive film. The PL film is active because it emits stored energy. The IR film is passive because it can not emit stored energy; it merely reflects energy that hits it.

The unique versatility of this patch and the options it provides protects against friendly accidents in covert and non-covert situations.

Before the Photo-luminescent film can work it must be charged using the sun (a preferred source) or any cool light, such as many fluorescent tubes. However, any light will charge the film but glow time will be effected. Allow 20 minutes to charge.

A fully charged Photo-luminescent film glows for 8 hours.


When illuminated with a Night Vision device the IR film on the patch identifies the personnel. IR film can only be seen with a NVG.

Finally, users must adjust their SOP based on their understanding of the patches and time awareness.

If you have any other questions about the use of IR+PL patches please contact me here.

You are welcome to comment on this blog. You can also reach me at 443.292.8885 or tboyer@ir.tools. I would be happy to connect with you through social media as well.

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Tom Portrait Tom established IR.Tools™ in 2006, working out of his home for several years before growing into an official office space in 2012. As a veteran and engineer, Tom was led down a path to manufacturer quality IR patches, markers and targets for the military and law enforcement.  An innovator who is always moving forward to stay ahead of the industry, Tom has 15 awarded patents, and 10 patents pending.  Tom received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and his MBA from Regents University.