Recently we have come across a project that needs our attention to detail. This commercial building been wrapped with neons for over 15-years. They called us to see about having us replace the neons with LED technology. I am sure there are other people out there who are probably just as unhappy as he is with their neon lighting, so I want to inform you of an alternative.
Neon vs. LED
Neon signs are luminous-tube signs that contain neon or other inert gases at a low pressure. Applying a high voltage (usually a few thousand volts) makes the gas glow brightly. They are produced by the craft of bending glass tubing into shapes. A worker skilled in this craft is known as a glass, neon or tube bender.
Neon sign tubes are distinguished from neon lamp bulbs by their length, customized shapes, higher operating voltages, and range of colors. Cost of running the product is around $4.40 per foot for the year.
LED stands for light-emitting diode. “When a light-emitting diode is forward biased (switched on), electrons are able to recombine with holes within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence and the color of the light (corresponding to the energy of the photon) is determined by the energy gap of the semiconductor. An LED is often small in area (less than 1 mm2), and integrated optical components may be used to shape its radiation pattern.