Welcome to Way Too Cool!

Way Too Cool LLC is a manufacturer of custom, built-to-order, ultraviolet (UV) lamp fixtures. For more than 20 years, our lamps have been an indispensable tool for fluorescent rock & mineral collecting. Other uses include forensics; biological research; fossil and artifact verification; nondestructive testing; detecting leaks and pet stains; hunting scorpions; checking currency, stamps, passports; and many other applications requiring a source of ultraviolet radiation. Way Too Cool, LLC also sells UV LED Flashlights, and some fluorescent rocks & minerals.


UV Flashlights

Filtered UV 365nm Flashlights

Our handheld UV LED flashlights and torches are a compact and inexpensive way to get a UV light. We offer multiple sizes and styles to choose from. Each light comes with a high-quality UV filter element pre-installed.

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UV Lamp Kits

UV Lamps

Our signature line of ultraviolet lamp kits are manufactured in the USA to your specifications. Choose the size and wavelengths you need and we will build it! These lamps are built tough to withstand heavy use in the field.

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Custom UV Lamps

Custom UV Lamps

Need a UV lamp to fit a specific need? From custom switches, power supplies, and case materials to bulbs and wavelengths, we build custom lamps to fit your specific application. All lamps are custom built by us.

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William G. Gardner's company Way Too Cool LLC, was the very first company to develop and sell filtered UV LED flashlights for fluorescent minerals (starting with his 9 LED and 51 LED 385nm flashlights). Over many years, Bill has been granted a whole family of US patents for multiple innovations related to UV lamp fixtures and flashlights (including the patent that applies to filtered UV LED flashlights).

Bill promotes R&D in this field. Beginning in 2013, Bill proposed a cooperative venture by offering license agreements for the use of his patents to everyone in the fluorescent mineral hobby/business. A significant number of companies have since been licensed to use Bill's patents and are either still doing the R&D or already marketing their products (including filtered UV LED flashlights). In the license agreement Bill specifies a small royalty to compensate for the effort and huge expense of the R&D prior to applying for the patents, being granted patents, and later maintaining the patents.

Bill's purpose in licensing his patents is to allow anyone with related R&D to market their own innovative products (such as UV C flashlights), and to sell products that are like the products that Bill already markets. The benefit to a licensee is the licensee can share in Bill's existing patent protection, without having to spend many, many thousands of dollars to have a patent granted, nor waiting years to get the patent through the entire process. Only about 40% of patent applications make it through the patent process and are granted a patent. Of those only about 10% make it to market, so only about 4% of patent applications succeed to bring a product to the marketplace. Here is a link to Bill's patent relating directly to filtered UV LED flashlights and other UV LED battery operated fixtures. https://patents.google.com/patent/US7781751B2/en. Of note here is that even after all the time and money to be granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office, patents only last 20 years and this patent expires in 2027.

Without a license, a person may have some great ideas that they feel they cannot develop because it would infringe on existing patents. With a patent license agreement (with Bill Gardner or anyone else), those ideas can be turned into reality and the person with the idea can profit from them.

A co-operative venture could stop or slow down the importation and sale of the cheap knockoff and poor-quality products that are being sold on eBay and other platforms. Such a cooperative program will maximize profits and sales for each licensee by directing sales to the licensees rather than to the cheap knockoff sales.

Please contact William G. Gardner at wggardner@aol.com or his cell phone 602-616-1742 if you are interested in joining the other people who have licenses to use Bill's patents.

Footnote: Patent Law is quite unique as it is one of the very few laws explicitly defined in the US Constitution:

Article I Section 8 | Clause 8 - Patent and Copyright Clause of the Constitution.
[The Congress shall have power] "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries."

May 5, 2023 - Check out our newest flashlight, the Aurora 365 nm UV flashlight! Featuring active cooling for prolonged use, this handheld light is a beast that offers unbelievable output!

Nov. 13, 2022 - We invite all of our fluorescent mineral friends to come see us at the Mineral City show in Tucson, Arizona from January 27-February 11, 2023. We are at booth C11 (Building C) located at: 531 W Plata Street, Tucson, Arizona 85705. Way Too Cool will be selling fluorescent minerals, lamps, UV flashlights and accessories. We hope to see you there!

Oct. 21, 2022 - Please read our Legal Update regarding the filings of Way Too Cool, LLC against Engenious Designs, LLC.

Sep. 5, 2022 - Check out our newest flashlight, the WTC Mini 365nm UV flashlight! This compact flashlight features a rechargeable battery and 3 watts of UV output.

Jul. 19, 2022 - We regret to inform you that due to increases in material costs from our suppliers, we will be raising prices on lamp fixtures by 10% effective August 15, 2022. Place your orders now before the price change! (Note: 5-watt lamps and flashlights are not affected by this change).

Feb. 8, 2022 - We have new material in our booth at the Mineral City Show in Tucson. Check out this amazing jewelry for sale by Johnny's Gems. Check them out at @blacklightbling on Instagram.

Feb. 7, 2022 - Here are some photos of some of the specimens that we have for sale in Tucson. PLEASE NOTE: the color rendition is brighter and slightly different in person. All of these specimens are for sale, contact us to inquire about the price.

Feb. 4, 2022 - WayTooCool was featured in a recent Facebook Live video done by The Mineral City Show! Check out Mineral City on Facebook to watch a recap of the video including a tour of our booth and what we have to offer. Huge thanks to Mineral City for this!!

Jan. 4, 2022 - We invite all of our fluorescent mineral friends to come see us at the Mineral City show in Tucson, Arizona from Jan. 28 - Feb 12, 2022. We are at booth C11 (Building C) located at: 531 W Plata Street, Tucson, Arizona 85705. Way Too Cool will be selling fluorescent minerals, lamps, UV flashlights and accessories. We hope to see you there!

March 2021 - Way Too Cool will be at the 22nd Street Show in Tucson, AZ at booth A21 - come and see us! The show takes place from April 8-25, 2021. More information: https://22ndstreet.show/. This will be our last year at the 22nd Street Show. After this event, we will be relocating to Mineral City in Tucson. We also have a new lamp available: 36 LED UV Lamp

December 2020 - A limited quantity of our 9-watt AC lamps are back in stock - inquire for details.

November 2020 - Our line of UV sterilization lamps have been discontinued. We will continue production of our regular fixtures with filter glass installed.

June 2020 - We have begun offering a modified version of our standard UV lights for sterilization purposes. Instead of filtered glass, these lamps are equipped with clear glass.

May 2020 - We are proud to introduce a new handheld UV light called "The Triple" which produces shortwave UV (and can do mid-wave and long wave with the optional filter inserts). The Triple Handheld UV Lamp.

December 2019 - We invite everyone to come and visit Way Too Cool at the 22nd Street Mineral, Fossil, Gem, and Jewelry show in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. The show starts January 30, 2020 and runs through February 16, 2020. We will be there for the entire show with our UV lamps, UV flashlights, fluorescent minerals, and a whole lot more. View show information: www.22ndstreetshow.com.

October 2019 - New product alert! This Convoy C8-based light is custom-manufactured for Way Too Cool, LLC by Convoy. Read more about the Convoy C8+ UV LED Flashlight. Available from authorized Way Too Cool dealers.

July 2019 - Universal Input lamps are here! Shop our 18-watt lamps as well as new 35-watt lamps.

May 2019 - Coming soon! Our 9-watt and 18-watt lamps will soon be available in new "Universal Power" models that operate on both AC and DC power - without the need for a separate adapter! Watch this space for updates as they become available.

March 2019 - We regret that filter glass is no longer available for purchase as a stand alone item. We will continue to offer warranty service (including glass) for lamps that we have manufactured. However, individual (loose) pieces of UV filter glass are no longer offered.

October 2018 - The Torcia 365 UV LED flashlight has been superseded by the Convoy S2+ 365nm UV flashlight. The new light has a more efficient design that offers approximately two times the amount of UV compared to the original Convoy S2+ UV flashlight. You've got to see it to believe it!

June 8, 2018 - Our brand new website is now online! It is mobile responsive and should work much better on phones and tablets. Please take a few moments to explore the site and if you see something that doesn't look right, please contact us and let us know.

April 2018 - Our 9 LED and 51 LED flashlights are back in stock!

February 2018 - Thanks to everyone for another great year at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show! We'll be back again in 2019, hope to see you there!

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