August 28, 2020

Neon Signs – Their Evolution

By CoExistWP

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Neon Signs – Their Evolution

In the signage world, neon signs represent electric signs which are illuminated by long light-discharge tubes filled with rarefied gas-distributable neon or other special gases. They are today the most popular application of modern neon technology, which has been first demonstrated on a grand scale in December 1910 at a motor show in Paris. These days, these signs can be found everywhere, even on billboards and at roadside advertising areas. One can see them in malls, train stations, airports, hospitals, etc. They make a very effective way of making large announcements, as well as providing reassurance and direction to the public. While they have an unmistakable retro appeal, their use also has their practical advantages, as well.

First of all, they are very economical, especially when compared with the expense involved in hiring a signboard designer. In addition, they are easy to install, requiring very little manpower and equipment apart from an electrical outlet. However, they can’t withstand extreme weather conditions. As a result, they are not suitable for use in outdoor advertising areas. The biggest disadvantage of using them is that the signs emit a strong odor.

Fortunately, these days there are many alternatives to the neon sign industry. The latest technology allows the production of fluorescent signs, which are much more environmentally friendly and produce minimal levels of toxic gases during operation. This is in contrast to the older models, which produce harmful fumes during operation. Furthermore, the signs are now manufactured to a high standard and are capable of surviving harsh weather conditions.