Many people who use sparklers (particularly colour coated sparklers) find them much more difficult to light compared to traditional fused fireworks. It can be even more difficult if you choose cheap sparklers that are made of poor quality materials. Using an inadequate flame source (such as matches or cheap lighters) to light sparklers, especially in windy conditions, can prove to be a futile prospect and also be incredibly frustrating.
Even lighting traditional sparklers can be a tedious job, especially at weddings or large events where multiple sparklers are required at the same time.
Below are a few helpful tips to help get your sparklers going faster;
1. Choose a sheltered location away from wind.
2. Do not use matches to ignite a sparkler; including paper or wooden stick matches. A sparkler usually takes a few seconds to light, and matches will often burn down too quickly, and you will find yourself burning your fingers before lighting the sparkler. Also, even if you manage to light the sparkler, you would have two burning items in your hands, one of which needs to be discarded quickly. This can lead to a potentially dangerous situation, and can be avoided by simply eliminating matches from the equation.
3. A common approach to lighting sparklers at weddings (or large events) is with Butane lighters or propane torches. Preferably, long nozzle ones that keep the flame far enough away from the hand holding the lighter. Electric ignition type propane torches are much better for lighting sparklers in open areas, but be sure to have multiple persons on hand to to be able to do this safely.
4. One of the most popular (and fastest) method of lighting sparklers is to light one sparkler and then use it to light other sparklers. If you need lots of sparklers (i.e. for an exit tunnel) you should designate multiple persons (i.e. 2 or more people on each side of the tunnel) as the “lighters”, and have the rest of the people line up to take turns. When you light a sparkler with another sparkler, your hands are also kept at a safe distance.
5. Always light your sparkler at the tip, keeping the open flame the furthest away from the bare wire handle as possible. Good quality sparklers generally have an accelerant on their tips to help the sparklers ignite much faster, this is usually a black tip.
6. Keep the sparkler horizontal with the tip angled down slightly. This will help light the sparkler faster as the flame will want to naturally move vertical and ignite the sparkler’s pyrotechnic compound.
SAFETY NOTE: Only light one sparkler at a time. Lit sparklers can be unpredictable with their spark discharge and combustible pressure, so lighting multiple sparklers at once can be very dangerous.