Night Sights: Can you recharge them?

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    Night Sights: Can you recharge them?

    Hey guys and gals, I was noticing the other night that my night sights have become " not as bright" as my new set just installed on a different gun. My old ones are just over 4 years old, not sure how long they last? This my sound stupid but but can you "recharge" night sights or do they have to be replaced? Any Ideas? Thanks!
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    Get a tooth brush and clean, see if that will help...
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    No, you can't. The tritium that is in the lamps of your sights has a half-life of 12 years, meaning you can expect your sights to gradually dim.

    A lot of manufacturers will replace the lamps for a nominal fee. I'm pretty sure Trijicon will, and Meprolight probably does as well. If you have Sig factory night sights, I hear they're a pain in the butt to get replacement lamps for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamRudolph View Post
    No, you can't. The tritium that is in the lamps of your sights has a half-life of 12 years, meaning you can expect your sights to gradually dim.

    A lot of manufacturers will replace the lamps for a nominal fee. I'm pretty sure Trijicon will, and Meprolight probably does as well. If you have Sig factory night sights, I hear they're a pain in the butt to get replacement lamps for.
    Replacing the lamps would probably cause more headachs and cost more money then just replacing them with new ones.
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    As others have said, no you can't. This is a good reason to only buy your night sights from a source with a good stock turn-over. If you buy your sights from a small town gun shop where they may have been sitting on a shelf for 3 or 4 years means you've already lost a good portion of their useful life.

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    I've heard Iran will recharge them for a nominal fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    I've heard Iran will recharge them for a nominal fee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razor02097
    Replacing the lamps would probably cause more headachs and cost more money then just replacing them with new ones.
    Only if you can't do without the gun for a couple weeks. Just mail the slide to Trijicon and they'll do it for you. I think it was like $40 or something like that to replace the vials, which beats the $80-$120 for a new set.

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    Sure! You'll need some highly specialized microminiature glass-blowing equipment and some heavy hydrogen, and a way to combine the hydrogen atoms into tritium. (I was tempted to say something silly, like, expose it to sunlight for twenty minutes a day, but I was afraid someone would take me seriously.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    I've heard Iran will recharge them for a nominal fee.

    No that is Funny!!!!!!

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    There are rechargeable night sights, but they are not based upon nuclear material. Several companies make sights or overlays from phosphorus-based paints. These overlays are either a paint or a tape.

    The phosphorus is "exited" when exposed to light, and they will glow in the dark. The lenght of time they glow depends upon the overlay/paint with green being the brightest (just like nuclear-based night sights). I have tried some that will last almost eight hours with a one hour charge from an incadescent light source.

    The best part is that they are cheap (less than $20), and they can be easily removed if you don't like them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGguy229 View Post
    Yeah but they'll let you push the LAUNCH button. So it's not a bad deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamRudolph View Post
    Only if you can't do without the gun for a couple weeks. Just mail the slide to Trijicon and they'll do it for you. I think it was like $40 or something like that to replace the vials, which beats the $80-$120 for a new set.
    I think Trijicon only relamps their own sights. They directed me to Tool Tech ( Tooltech Gunsight ) to relamp my Meprolights. Trijicon charges $54.00 I think and Tool Tech wants $190.00. Pffffft!!!! like that's going to happen?
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    Thanks guys for the help, I will look into sending the slide back to Trijicon and just have them take care of them. Once again, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamRudolph View Post
    Only if you can't do without the gun for a couple weeks. Just mail the slide to Trijicon and they'll do it for you. I think it was like $40 or something like that to replace the vials, which beats the $80-$120 for a new set.
    if it is $54

    thats not including the shipping price... shipping and return shipping with insurance would add 20 bucks so your up to $74 more then 3/4 the price I paid for brand new sights installed.

    You right though. If you can wait its a cheaper alternative but me... I don't want to be without a CCW for 3-5 weeks it will take them to get it back to me.
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