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HISTORY OF NEON LIGHTS AND NEON SIGNS

The word "neon" is derived from the Greek "neos" which means "the new gas".

Neon is a rare atmospheric gas - the ratio being one part neon in 65,000 parts of air.  Neon gas was discovered in London in 1898.  It is extracted by liquefying the air and is then separated from the other gases by a process known as fractional distillation.    

The first observance of glowing light dates much further back, however.  In 1675, the French astronomer Jean Picard noticed a faint glow after shaking a mercury barometer tube.  It was not understood at the time, but we now know that the glow was caused by static electricity. 

After the discovery of electricity, scientists began investigating other forms of lighting.  In the 1850's a German glassblower, Heinrich Geissler, developed the geissler tube.  Gas was placed in a tube under low pressure and was charged with electricity, which made the gas glow.    

With the invention of the electric generator, much experimentation began taking place with the application of electricity to tubes of gas.  In the United States and Europe, several types of these lamps were invented and were called electrical discharge lamps or vapor lamps.  In the early 1900's, a French inventor, chemist, and engineer by the name of Georges Claude used neon as the gas in the tube.  This new neon lamp was unveiled to the public in Paris in 1910.  Claude’s company, Claude Neon, later introduced neon signs to the United States.  Two neon signs were sold to a car dealership in Los Angeles.  The neon signs read "Packard", and sold for $24,000!  From that time on, neon lights were in demand as a form of outdoor advertising.  People often referred to these new neon signs as "liquid fire." 

Within 10 years, neon lights were widely used across the U.S. for advertising.  By the 1950’s, large elaborate neon signs of many colors could be found in most towns.  Even animated neon signs were possible – a woman diving into a pool, etc.  Las Vegas was known around the world for its use of these kinds of neon signs.  One of the most famous of these neon signs was a huge neon flamingo with fluttering neon light feathers.  This animation was achieved by using multiple layers of neon light tubes, which were each powered in a timed sequence. 

Use of neon signs and neon lights began to decline in the 1960’s due to rising production costs, poor craftsmanship, and the rising popularity of fluorescent lighting.  Neon lights and neon signs were also expensive to repair and were wrongly thought to be costly to use.  By this time, neon signs were mostly associated with cheap motels, strip clubs, and bars. 

The future did not look good for neon light.  At one time, there were thousands of neon sign companies which employed many more thousands of neon light tube benders.  Those numbers dwindled significantly before a renewed interest in neon signs during the 1970’s. Neon lights were wildly popular in discos. 

Neon lights are now more popular than ever with many new forms and uses.  Automobile license plates can be accented with neon, and neon lights can even be attached underneath your car!  Because neon lights can be powered with battery-operated transformers, they can be used in parades and even on costumes for stage productions. 

Neon signs and neon lights get noticed!!    

HOW NEON LIGHTS AND NEON SIGNS ARE MADE 

The hollow glass tubes used for neon lights and neon signs come in lengths of 4 ft, 5 ft, and 8 ft.  While the tubes are still room temperature, they are scored with a file.  To cut and bend the tube, the glass must be heated to a range of 1600° to over 2200° F.  The temperature of the propane gas used to heat the glass must be approximately 3000° F.  The artist or "neon bender" then may create his designs.  When his creation is completed, the bent tube must then be processed.  The air in the tube is evacuated and then replaced by neon or another gas, and the tube is sealed off.  If the vacuum is not disturbed, the neon light can last for many years. 

Neon gas only produces the color red, which is the most popular color in neon signs. Other colors are obtained by using different gasses.  For example, Mercury produces blue; Carbon dioxide produces white; and Helium produces gold.  Over 150 colors for what are collectively called “neon lights” are now possible using gas mixtures and colored tubing.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

  1. ARE NEON LIGHTS AND NEON SIGNS DANGEROUS?

By itself, neon gas is not poisonous or explosive.  The small amount of mercury found in some neon lights is not dangerous as long as the tube is not damaged.  Some neon sign shops will not repair neon lights when mercury has been used in the manufacturing process. 

There can be a shock and/or fire hazard if the neon sign has not been properly insulated, wired, or mounted.  It takes anywhere from 2,000 to 15,000 volts to power a neon light.  Because of this, beware of a cheap neon sign!  

  1. WHAT COLORS ARE BEST TO USE FOR NEON SIGNS?

Neon signs with red letters are the most easily read.  Pink and green are a good second choice for lettering on your neon sign. The least readable colors for neon signs are blue, yellow, and purple.  These last three colors are recommended for borders.  Using a black background for your neon sign will increase the visibility of any color you choose. 

  1. WHY DO NEON LIGHTS AND NEON SIGNS COST SO MUCH?

 In the long run, your neon sign or neon light is very economical.  Nothing glows like a neon light – your neon sign will definitely draw attention and customers!  The initial costs are directly related to the material and labor to build your neon sign. It might seem expensive at first, but neon signs need very little maintenance and are very energy efficient.  An average-sized neon sign will use about the same amount of energy as one light bulb.  Even if you leave your neon sign on 24 hours a day, it will only cost you about 25 cents a day. 

  1. HOW LONG WILL MY NEON SIGN LAST?

The average life span of a neon sign is usually between 8 to 15 years.  Neon signs can be recharged and repaired.  The life expectancy of the transformer, which powers your neon sign, is generally 5 to 7 years, but some will last 10 to 15 years. They are easily replaceable.  Transformers for neon signs are affected by heat and electrical surges. 

  1. IF MY NEON SIGN BREAKS, CAN IT BE REPAIRED?

Neon signs can usually be repaired.  Most neon signs are composed of several units. The unit that is broken can be either repaired or replaced. A new piece of neon tube can be attached by melting it onto the remaining original tubing. Some neon sign repair shops, however, will not repair neon signs  made with mercury.  It may not be cost effective to repair a neon sign with many breaks – you may want to replace it with a brand new neon sign.

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BEER NEON SIGN

BICYCLE LOGO NEON SIGNS

BICYCLE NEON LIGHT

BILLIARDS NEON LIGHTS

BIRD LOGO NEON SIGN

BOBA NEON SIGNS

BURGERS NEON LIGHT

BURRITOS NEON LIGHTS

CAFE NEON SIGN

CANDY NEON SIGNS

CAPPUCCINO NEON LIGHT

CAR ALARM NEON LIGHTS

CAR RENTAL NEON SIGN

CAR STEREO NEON SIGNS

CAR WASH NEON LIGHT

CARPET NEON LIGHTS

CELLULAR PHONE NEON SIGN

CELLULAR LOGO NEON SIGNS

CD'S NEON LIGHT

CHECK IN NEON LIGHTS

CHECK OUT NEON SIGN

CHECKS CASHED NEON SIGNS

CHILI NEON LIGHT

CHINESE FOOD NEON LIGHTS

CIGARS NEON SIGN

CLEANERS NEON SIGNS

CLOSED NEON LIGHT

COCKTAILS NEON LIGHTS

COCKTAILS NEON SIGN

COFFEE NEON SIGNS

COFFEE & DONUTS NEON LIGHT

COIN-OP LAUNDRY NEON LIGHTS

COLD DRINKS NEON SIGN

COLOR COPY NEON SIGNS

COMPUTER NEON LIGHT

COMPUTER UPGRADE NEON LIGHTS

COPY NEON SIGN

COSMETICS NEON SIGNS

CPA NEON LIGHT

CROISSANTS NEON LIGHTS

CRUISES NEON SIGN

CUSTOM FRAMING NEON SIGNS

COCKTAILS NEON LIGHT

COLD BEER NEON LIGHTS

CHEESE CAKES NEON SIGN

DAIRY NEON SIGNS

DELI NEON LIGHT

DENTIST NEON LIGHTS

DIAMONDS NEON SIGN

DINNER NEON SIGNS

DONUTS NEON LIGHT

DSL NEON LIGHTS

DRINKING WATER NEON SIGN

DRIVE-THRU NEON SIGNS

DRIVE-THRU OPEN NEON LIGHT

DRY CLEANERS NEON LIGHTS

DVD NEON SIGN

DVD KARAOKE NEON SIGNS

DVD RENTAL NEON LIGHT

DENTIST NEON LIGHTS

DANCE NEON SIGN

ENTRANCE NEON SIGNS

ESPRESSO NEON LIGHT

ESPRESSO CAPPUCCINO NEON LIGHTS

EXIT NEON SIGN

EYE CARE NEON SIGNS

FABRIC NEON LIGHT

FACIAL NEON LIGHTS

FACIAL WAXING NEON SIGN

FAX NEON SIGNS

FAX & COPIES NEON LIGHT

FISH LOGO NEON LIGHTS

FLORIST NEON SIGN

FLOWERS NEON SIGNS

FOOD TO GO NEON LIGHT

FREE DELIVERY NEON LIGHTS

FREE PHONE NEON SIGN

FRENCH CUISINE NEON SIGNS

FRESH BREAD NEON LIGHT

FRESH BAKED BREAD NEON LIGHTS

FRESH SALADS NEON SIGN

FRIES NEON SIGNS

FROZEN YOGURT NEON LIGHT

FRUIT SMOOTHIES NEON LIGHTS

FURNITURE NEON SIGN

GALLERY NEON SIGNS

GAMES NEON LIGHT

GIFTS NEON LIGHTS

GLASSES LOGO NEON SIGN

GLASSES NEON SIGNS

GLASS & MIRROR NEON LIGHT

GRILL NEON LIGHTS

GUNS NEON SIGN

GUN SHOP NEON SIGNS

GOLF NEON LIGHT

HAIR NEON LIGHTS

HAIR CUT NEON SIGN

HAIR & NAILS NEON SIGNS

HAIR SALON NEON LIGHT

HAMBURGER NEON LIGHTS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEON SIGN

HAPPY HOLIDAY NEON SIGNS

HAPPY NEW YEAR NEON LIGHT

HARDWARE PLUMBING NEON SIGN

HEALTH FOOD & VITAMIN NEON SIGNS

HOT DOGS NEON LIGHT

HOT SOUPS NEON LIGHTS

I LOVE YOU NEON SIGN

ICE NEON SIGNS

ICE CREAM NEON SIGN

ICE CREAM LOGO NEON SIGNS

INCOME TAX NEON LIGHT

INSURANCE NEON LIGHTS

ITALIAN CUISINE NEON SIGN

JAPANESE FOOD NEON SIGNS

JEWELRY NEON LIGHT

JEWELRY REPAIR NEON LIGHTS

JUICE NEON SIGN

JUICE BAR NEON SIGNS

KARAOKE NEON LIGHT

KEYS NEON LIGHTS

LAW OFFICE NEON SIGN

LIQUOR NEON SIGNS

LOCKSMITH NEON LIGHT

LOTTO NEON LIGHTS

LOUNGE NEON SIGN

LUNCH NEON SIGNS

LUNCH SPECIAL NEON LIGHT

MAILBOX RENTAL NEON LIGHTS

MASSAGE NEON SIGN

MATTRESS NEON SIGNS

MENUDO NEON LIGHT

MERRY CHRISTMAS NEON LIGHTS

MEXICAN FOOD NEON SIGN

MONEY ORDER NEON SIGNS

MOVIES NEON LIGHT

MUFFLER NEON LIGHTS

MUSIC NEON SIGN

NAILS NEON SIGNS

NAILS AIR BRUSH NEON LIGHT

NAILS WALK IN OK NEON LIGHTS

NAILS LOGO NEON SIGN

NAILS OPEN NEON SIGNS

NAILS & SPA NEON LIGHT

NEW RELEASES NEON LIGHTS

NO VACANCY NEON SIGN

NOTARY NEON SIGNS

NOTARY PUBLIC NEON LIGHT

OFFICE FURNITURE NEON LIGHTS

OPEN NEON SIGN

OPEN/CLOSED NEON SIGNS

OPEN 7 DAYS NEON LIGHT

OPEN SUNDAY NEON LIGHTS

OPEN 24 HOURS NEON SIGN

OPEN/AUTO LOGO NEON SIGN

OPEN/BARBER LOGO NEON SIGNS

OPEN/BLOW DRYER LOGO NEON LIGHT

OPEN/DRYER COMB LOGO NEON LIGHTS

OPEN/BLOW DRYER LOGO NEON SIGN

OPEN/CUP LOGO NEON SIGNS

OPEN/FISH LOGO NEON LIGHT

OPEN/BOAT LOGO NEON LIGHTS

OPEN/ICE CREAM LOGO NEON SIGN

OPEN DRIVE-THRU NEON SIGNS

ONION RINGS NEON LIGHT

OPTOMETRIC NEON LIGHTS

ORDER HERE NEON SIGN

PAGERS NEON SIGNS

PAGER LOGO NEON LIGHT

PAGERS & CELLULAR NEON LIGHTS

PARKING IN REAR NEON SIGN

PARTY NEON SIGNS

PARTY SUPPLY NEON LIGHT

PASSPORT PHOTO NEON LIGHTS

PAWN SHOP NEON SIGN

PAYDAY ADVANCE NEON SIGNS

PAYDAY LOANS NEON LIGHT

PERFUME NEON SIGN

PERMANENT MAKE-UP NEON SIGNS

PET GROOMING NEON LIGHT

PET SHOP NEON LIGHTS

PETS NEON SIGN

PHARMACY NEON SIGNS

PHARMACY/LOGO NEON SIGN

PHOTO NEON LIGHT

PHOTO STUDIO NEON LIGHTS

PIANO NEON SIGN

PICK-UP HERE NEON SIGNS

PIZZA NEON LIGHT

PIZZA/SLICE LOGO NEON LIGHTS

POOL NEON SIGN

POOL & SPA NEON SIGNS

POOL & SPA SUPPLY NEON LIGHT

POOL SUPPLY NEON LIGHTS

POPCORN NEON SIGN

PRINTING NEON SIGNS

REAL ESTATE NEON LIGHT

RESTAURANT SUPPLY NEON LIGHTS

RESTROOMS NEON SIGN

RESTROOM LOGO NEON SIGNS

SALAD NEON LIGHT

SALAD BAR NEON LIGHTS

SALAD & SOUP NEON SIGN

SALE NEON SIGNS

SANDWICHES NEON LIGHT

SALON NEON LIGHTS

SAXOPHONE LOGO NEON SIGN

SCHOOL UNIFORMS NEON SIGNS

SEAFOOD NEON LIGHT

SEAFOOD BUFFET NEON LIGHTS

SELF STORAGE NEON SIGN

SHAKES NEON SIGNS

SHOE REPAIR NEON LIGHT

SHOES NEON LIGHTS

SIGNS NEON SIGN

SKIN CARE NEON SIGNS

SMOOTHIES NEON LIGHT

SNACKS NEON LIGHTS

SODAS NEON SIGN

SPA NEON SIGNS

SPA PEDICURE NEON LIGHT

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STEAKS NEON SIGN

SUNDAES NEON SIGNS

SUSHI NEON LIGHT

TACOS NEON LIGHTS

TACOS/FISH LOGO NEON SIGN

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TAE KWON DO NEON LIGHT

TAILOR NEON LIGHTS

TAILOR & ALTERATION NEON SIGN

TAKE OUT NEON SIGNS

TANNING NEON LIGHT

TATTOO NEON LIGHTS

TATTOO & PIERCING NEON SIGN

TAX SERVICE NEON SIGNS

TERIYAKI NEON LIGHT

THAI CUISINE NEON LIGHTS

TICKETS NEON SIGN

TILE & MARBLE NEON SIGNS

TOYS NEON LIGHT

TRAFFIC SCHOOL NEON LIGHTS

TRAVEL NEON SIGN

TRAVEL/PLANE LOGO NEON SIGNS

PLANE/BOAT LOGO NEON LIGHT

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TRAVEL AGENCY NEON SIGN

TRAVEL OPEN NEON SIGNS

TROPICAL FISH NEON LIGHT

TUXEDOS NEON LIGHTS

TV VCR REPAIR NEON SIGN

UNIFORMS NEON SIGNS

UPS NEON LIGHT

U.S. MAIL NEON LIGHTS

VACANCY NEON SIGN

VIDEO NEON SIGNS

VIDEO RENTAL NEON LIGHT

VIOLIN LOGO NEON LIGHTS

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WATCH REPAIR NEON SIGNS

DRINKING WATER NEON LIGHT

WAXING NEON LIGHTS

WE DELIVER NEON SIGN

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WIGS NEON LIGHT

WATCH REPAIR NEON LIGHTS

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