Neon signs were once your only option. But, now that LED is here, there is a better way to accomplish the same look with real advantages. “Flex neon” has a neon look that costs less than a traditional neon sign, a gas-filled glass tube. As LED’s power these signs, the power consumption is significantly less, and LED’s are known to last longer than traditional neon signs.
Neon is a noble gas that we can inject into glass tubes. It carries light through the tube, creating the lovely neon glow look you’re probably familiar with. Traditionalists love the look of neon, and in some sign types, it creates a unique outcome. You can still find many exit signs and open signs in traditional neon, with an orange or red glow. However, we can now make neon signs in many different colors with LEDs that look just like the real thing. There are several types of neon signs that you might be interested in. First, there are two main distinctions:
“Flex” neon is an emerging new trend in signage that is beginning to take hold. Neon signs were once the standard method for illuminated signs. With the advent of LED technology, neon began to fade. Now, we are able to utilize acrylic with LED components and create unique and cost-effective signage that looks like neon.
With flex neon, we can create unique and memorable designs, in many colors, at various sizes and indoor/outdoor applications, and can use a remote to turn the sign on/off, dim it, or make it blink. These are low voltage creations, so they last longer and don’t burn as much energy as neon signs with transformers.
A flex neon sign is a type of LED sign made to mimic the look of traditional neon signs. It is durable and highly flexible. This lets you bend and shape these signs into a wide range of designs.
These are a safe, ideal alternative to glass neon signs.
Neon and LED have a couple of differences. Neon uses inert gas that produces a fluorescent color when electrified to create light, while LED uses a series of light-emitting diodes to create the look and feel of neon.
Neon uses real glass tubing while LED can use other materials like polymer, acrylic, or silicone.
Most lighted signs these days that have the look of “neon” are actually LED.
We don’t produce or fix true neon signs, so we can’t speak too much on this, but rates to fix neon lights generally vary depending on the type of issue or damage and how complex the problem is. We almost always recommend switching to or using LED neon instead.
The intensity of brightness differs between neon and LED. Neon lights give off a softer glow.
On the other hand, LEDs are far brighter than neon. They are visible from a distance, even in broad daylight. Interestingly, LEDs use less energy than neon while still being brighter.
Yes, LED neon signs are safe to use! Traditional neon uses glass tubes that can potentially break. On the other hand, LED neon signs use shatter-resistant material.
Neon can become extremely hot with extended use. LED neon signs, however, generate only a little heat. It is safe to touch, making it a safer option.
While it ultimately depends on what you need, we recommend LED neon over traditional. LED signs tend to give you more value for your budget.
LEDs use less energy, saving you a lot on electricity bills. They are also cheaper to make and repair. LED signs are also brighter and safer to use.
Traditional neon contains chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Because of this, and its higher power consumption in comparison to other lighted signs like LED neon, traditional neon isn’t eco-friendly.
Today, however, “neon” signs are being made with LED lights. These light-emitting diodes are energy-efficient, saving a lot on energy consumption. The materials used are also recyclable, which is better for the environment.
Flex neon is the perfect alternative to traditional neon. It can be cut and bent to form different shapes or follow a range of designs. Flex neon is also available in a variety of colors thanks to the versatility of the LED that gives it its shine.