SMTOWN Lightsticks

S.M. Entertainment is a talent management and entertainment company in South Korea. It was founded by Lee Soo-Man in 1989 and is now also considered as one of the largest record label in the country.

The company organizes a concert series aptly called SMTown where its current artists and groups perform. Each group or artist has their own specific fandom color and fandom name.

During SMTown concerts, the venues are filled with a colorful and wide variety of kpop lightsticks sported by each group's fans. It is truly a sight to see.

At the time of writing this post, this is a list of the different active SMTown groups and their respective lightstick color and fandom names.

Group / Artist
Lightstick Color
BOA (Best of Asia or Beat of Asia)
Jumping BOA
SOUL (Jpn)
TVXQ - DBSK - Tohosinki
Pearl Red
BigEast (Jpn)
The Grace
Pearl Pink
Super Junior
Pearl Sapphire Blue
Girls Generation / SNSD
Pastel rose
 Pearl Aqua
Pearl Periwinkle





Super Junior






KPOP Fandom Names and Colors

This is a list of the different Kpop groups, the corresponding fandom name and colors. We are trying our best to update the list from time to time. Please comment on new groups or additional information. Thank you.

You may also view the file in google docs in this link: Kpop Fandom Names and Colors
link updated 7/18/2013
link updated 8/7/2014 with Exo's official fandom name (Exo-L)
link updated 10/14/2016 adding Twice

Lightstick Etiquette and Safety Tips

So who is going to a Kpop concert anytime soon? I know you are too excited for that fateful day or night. You even planned what you'll wear and bring to even the slightest, tiniest detail, didn't you? That's okay.  I even do that myself.

Banner. Check. Sneakers. Check. Backpack. Check. Ticket. Check. Special 'I Heart Donghae' tee. Check. Lightstick. Check. check. check.

Before we get carried away on things, let us remind you all of the proper etiquette on brandishing those lightsticks.

1. For the well-being of other fans and concert-goers, it is best to get small sized lightsticks, typically 4-7 inches in length. This is to avoid accidentally smashing the head of person in front of you with your lightsaber when Eunhyuk comes out of the stage.

2. NO intentional turning off of a lightstick during a group member's solo performance. NEVER. DO NOT EVER DO THIS. 

This rule is a general concert etiquette and we have also aptly placed it under the lightstick safety section since you might be mobbed by the other fans.

Moreover, this just boils down to a person's class and manners.  No one deserves a black ocean during his/her own group's concert.

3. Do not wave/point your lightsticks to an idol's face when he/she comes near.

4. Do not hit anyone with your lightstick. If you have accidentally and unintentionally hit someone with your lightstick, always apologize.

5. Do not throw your lightstick to anyone or to the stage.

6. Tie lightsticks in your arm or wear the lightstick around your neck. Most lightsticks come with a thick string which can be made into a bracelet or necklace.

7. Go crazy with your lightstick at the same time keeping in mind all these tips and tricks.

That's all folks. Enjoy your Kpop Concert. Remember, a great lighstick comes with great responsibility! ☺

How to Repair a Lightstick

It is the day after your first Kpop Concert ever. You saw your most favorite idol group! Waaaaaa!! You saw your most favorite, ultimate bias! Waaaaaaa!! All the hysteria, all the screaming, cheers and sweat and you know you will never ever forget that fateful night. (Who ever does?)

Then, amidst all those happy happy things, there is a small but... Your lightstick was broken. You do not know how, when or where. (Or do you? sssssshhhh It was broken when you suddenly dropped to your knees after your bias touched your hands waaaaaaaaa!!!)

But yeah, it is broken. 

Ohhhh... don't fret.

Here are simple, easy-to-do steps to fix your lightstick. You do not need to buy a new one.

Problem & How to Resolve

Lightstick head broken     
                        - Get any super adhesive glue like MightyBond
- Place MightyBond on both surfaces
- Re-attach both ends
- Push both sections for a minute and leave for 5 minutes
- Ta dah! It's fixed

Lightstick wont light up/Faint light
- Open battery area and check if batteries are position correctly
- Tighten batteries and battery container cap
- If still not working, replace batteries.
- You can buy 3-5V batteries from camera shops or watch repair shops

So those are the two most common lightstick problems and it's simple, quick fixes. If these steps outlined above still do not work, you can entrust the help of an adult or a electrician to further troubleshoot and resolve the issue especially with non-illumination of the lightsticks.
Or, you can always purchase a new one when you go to your next Kpop Concert. Most merchandise sellers are present at the concert hall entrances during Kpop concerts.

Do you really need a lightstick for a Kpop Concert?

You heard Super Junior's Super Show is coming to your country. Oh yes! At least your country is now a part of the world hurr hurr.
Lightstick in Action! during Super Show 4 in SG 2012-Feb-18

Do you really need a lightstick?

Of course, you are going. You have all the tickets (concert and plane tickets), hotel reservations, and fan paraphernalia to boot. Well, except for one. You do not have a lightstick!

You ask yourself, "do I even need one?" Lightsticks are really expensive in your country and getting one ordered and shipped from South Korea could be cumbersome and not worth spending an arm and a leg with. You are one of the those practical fans who prefer to enjoy the concert by already forking out the money for the concert tickets itself.

This reasoning is entirely valid. As fans, we cannot pick money from trees. We, or our parents, work hard for it and understand its value.

However, deep inside, you will know that a Kpop concert experience will not be the same without having a lightstick. Raising it along with other fans, keeping beat to your idol group's song, brandishing nonstop when your bias passes by you during the concert.

We can feel you gurl! Having a lightstick is not everything, but still having one can make a difference. It will still be up to you on how you participate and be one with the crowd and the other fans during the concert.

Let us enjoy our concerts with or without the lightsticks!

Lightstick Sizes

It is also interesting to note that lightsticks come in various sizes. The newbie Kpop fan in me have first believed that there is a universal size for each one and that they only vary in the design and color. How wrong I was. What was funnier was that I only learned of such fact of life on the second Kpop concert that I have attended. I may have looked like a loon then because I remember the feeling of also wanting to have a lightstick with a size just like the ones I saw.

Well, to avoid that  foolish feeling ever again, and help other Kpop fans out there who'll be attending their first real Kpop concerts and also refresh the memory banks of those Kpop fans for the years, here is a list of the different sizes (or more appropriately, lengths) of Kpop Lightsticks available in the market. Also included are various reasons to help you decide on which type of lightstick you'll buy.

1. Small ( 4-7 inches)

These are the most common, and probably the cheapest of all. These lightsticks vary from between 4 to 7 inches in length and are usually TUBE lightsticks. This means that the small lightsticks do not have the logo or image found at the end of the stick. Typically, it will just be the fandom color and the group's name printed on the side of the tube.

Personally, I think that this is the most convenient, safest, and most affordable. It is safe because, it does not have chance to break despite ones constant or rapid movements during concerts. 

2. Medium (7-12/14 inches)

As the category name implies, the second lightstick size are the medium ones which the lengths range from 7 to 14 inches, or almost a foot. Typically, the medium sized lightsticks come with the lightweight fiberglass logo/image/name of the group or bias on one end of the stick.  Most official lightsticks come in these sizes. These lightsticks also are pricier.

Medium length lightsticks are recommended for moderately behaved concert goers or for concerts that will typically not have you screaming and waving your lightstick around. Primarily because there is a higher risk for the lightstick to get destroyed as the concert progresses. There is also a higher chance of injuring other while you frantically jump and scream as your bias performs that HT! ;P

3. Super Long ( 12 inches to 1 meter)

Yes, yes, you are asking why would anyone bring a one meter stick. Ha! I asked the same question too. When I attended my second Kpop concert, I was at awe at the lightsticks, er no, lightsabers. I felt that I could get stabbed anytime soon if I utter a single word (well, obviously an exaggeration hihi). The lightsabers' effect on the concert hall was undeniable. It exemplified a giant, owning feeling. But more-so  I was hoping to get one of those at that time. The lightsabers seemed cool and of course, your Bias will surely notice you brandishing a slick lightsaber. Ha!

But lo and behold, there are also disadvantages of having one.  First, you might not be able to get into the concert venue in the first place. Most concerts halls or venues do not allow deadly weapons, I mean, they limit the size/length of allowable items in the venue. Second, you might hurt someone if you are waving your sword too far.

Well, maybe, lightsabers can also be advantageous if used a light beacon. Your fellow fandom friend will never loose you in the dark crowd as long as your saber doesn't lose light.

So, have you decided? Which lightstick are you getting? I really want to get one with a personalized bias name on top of the lightstick. But knowing myself who can't keep still for a second even at the start of a concert's VCR, I know I'll just be getting small-sized Tube Lightstick for now. Perhaps I'll get a medium one for a fan meeting.

Choose well ^^

What is a lightstick?

A lightstick is a hand-held, portable, battery-powered light source. The power supply is from a battery–operated light emitting diode (LED).  They are commonly used for recreation such as illuminating devices for concerts, parties, and clubs; but may also be used for aviation, military, rescue or decoration purposes.

A Little Site Disclaimer

For the purpose of this site, we are referring to battery-operated lightsticks like the one shown in the picture below. Please do not confuse lightsticks from glowsticks. Sometimes, the terms are and can be used interchangeably. However, for ease of understanding, this site will use the term lightsticks for battery-operated lightsticks especially the ones used for KPOP concerts.

Battery-Operated Lightsticks. - Super Junior custom-designed.  (Photo from

Difference of a Lightstick and a Glowstick

Glowstick (Photo from 
Xingzheng All Stars Glow Toy Factory )
For everyone’s information, the glowsticks are also portable, hand-held light sources. The main difference is that glowsticks have self-contained power sources. They are made of transparent plastic tubes which contain certain chemical/s that, when combined, make light through a chemical process [nerd alert!] called chemiluminescence.

Glowsticks are also waterproof, are cheaper to manufacture, and disposable.  However, glowsticks cannot be turned off. Once the chemical reaction starts off to give off its desired light, the whole device will be illuminating all throughout until the chemical reaction runs or fizzles.

On the other hand, lightsticks generate light through the LED/Light Emitting Diode/s that are attached to them. The color of the light given off is dependent on the diode being used. The diodes are powered by a battery, usually by very small 3-5Volts batteries or AA-AAA batteries. The whole process of lightsticks generating light is called electroluminescence.

The lightsticks/battery-operated glowsticks/LED glowsticks are a great alternative since they can be switched on/off. When used properly, it can light up to 24 hours continuously or even up to 3 years or more if used sparingly. The batteries can be replaced. You can purchase battery replacements from camera stores or watch stores.

Battery-operated lightsticks are now often preferred over glowsticks due to the latter’s chemical composition and possible effects. LED-using energy devices are now also used more in different industries due to its low-energy consumption benefits and longer shelf-life.

Which one do you need?

If one is looking primarily for a light source for a KPop concert, the battery operated lightstick is definitely the go to device as most fandoms use and utilize battery-operated and customized lightsticks.  It provides more flexibility and safer options for the concert-goers and can definitely be a good collectible for any fangirl or fanboy.