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We have been in the custom signage industry for over 10 years and we specialize in the design, manufacture, maintenance and installation of all types of signs. We want to share our expertise with you.
We'll outline the advantages and disadvantages of both custom neon signs and help you decide which would be the best option for your business. So let's get started.
What is a Custom Neon Sign?
The neon sign is actually a very durable and efficient form of light bulb, very similar to a fluorescent lamp. They are made from long glowing gas tubes that have been heated and bent into various shapes and letters.
Custom neon sign peaked in popularity during the 1920s to 1960s, but really disappeared in the 1990s with the rise of LED technology.
Although the word "neon" is used to describe this type of light, neon gas is only used to create about a third of the colors including reds, oranges, and bold shades of pink.
Argon gas mixed with a drop of mercury is used to create blues, yellows, greens, purples and whites as well as some lighter pinks.
When the current hits the electrodes in the tube, its atoms begin to glow.
What is Neon LED Sign?
LED stands for light emitting diode. Neon LED signs are made of these small individual Light Emitting Diodes placed close together into a thick plastic backing that can be bent into the shape you want and cut to the length you need.
ADVANTAGES OF CUSTOM NEON SIGNS
The gases in your neon signs last a long time: Neon signs are designed to last. The air in your sign can actually produce light for up to 50 years.
More energy efficient than fluorescent bulbs: Neon signs use less energy than fluorescent signs, however, they use more energy than LEDs. Within a year, if you turn on your sign for 12 hours a day, on average a neon sign will use about 1,752 kWh of electricity in a year, while a fluorescent sign will use about 2,672 kWh.
Less running costs than fluorescent lights: If your electricity costs about 13 cents each, that means you'll pay $228 to run a neon sign and $347 to run one Fluorescent.
DISADVANTAGES OF CUSTOM NEON SIGNS
Electrical parts don't last as long as gas: While the gas in your neon sign will last up to 50 years, your electrical components, such as transformers, will likely last for up to 50 years. only lasts up to 15 years. The better quality transformer you have, the longer it will last.
Not suitable for exposure to the elements: Custom neon signs should only be used outside if they are fully protected from rain, snow, and ice beneath large overhanging eaves or roofs. They are much more suitable for indoor use.
More expensive LED neon signs: It is difficult to give an exact cost for your custom neon sign, because it will depend on the size and complexity of your design. However, overall, a neon sign will cost more than an LED neon sign.
More running cost than LED signs: Neon signs are more expensive to run than LED signs. An average LED sign will only cost about $80 a year to run while an average neon sign will cost around $228 a year.
CUSTOMIZED NEON SIGNAL Vs. CUSTOM LED NEON SIGNAL - WHAT IS BEST?
When choosing between custom neon signs and custom LED neon signs, it is important to decide on the purpose of your sign.
If you have a truly vintage business and you want authentic signage and you don't have to worry about the cost, choosing a custom neon sign would be a good choice.
However, if you want exterior signage and you want a neon look without the hefty price tag, LED neon signs make the most sense.