Neon FAQs

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.