For many years, neon lighting has been a popular decorating and marketing tool. Whether they’re applied to business advertising or as home décor, neon lights continue to impress and fascinate customers every day. Before choosing a neon light design, it's essential to understand the pain points of many potential neon light users. Continue reading to find out answers which will give you an edge when deciding to purchase a neon light.

Is Flex Neon Better Than Glass Neon Signs?

Flex neon looks almost identical to traditional glass neon; however, it’s more customisable. It offers features that traditional glass neon does not, such as changing colour (like yellow to blue) and dimming using a remote control. Flex neon is also more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. So here’s an article we wrote about the benefits of flex-neon vs. glass neon.

Led neon compared to glass neon

How They Emit Light

The chemical reaction between the gas inside the glass tube and the electricity supplied through the metal electrodes causes the glass neon lamp to glow. With flex neon, the reaction occurs when electrons flow through a solid-state semiconductor (known as aluminium-gallium-arsenide). This technology helps you save on energy consumption.

Running Costs

Flex neon provides substantial cost savings compared to glass versions. LED flex requires an input voltage of 24V–120V, while glass types require 3kV–18kV. So LED flex is more energy-efficient and costs roughly 20% less to run. Glass neon also uses 5 to 10 times more energy than flex. So there’s no doubt that the latter is the way to go.

Lighting Changes

Once a glass neon is filled with neon gas, the sign can only light with static single-colour lighting. You cannot change the sign's colour or dim the light. However, with flex neon, we use digital drivers to control everything. When these devices are connected to a sign, they direct the LEDs on what effects to display, such as changing colour, dimming, brightening or strobing.

Environmental Impact

Glass neon contains small quantities of mercury, which is used to produce the desired lighting colour. Neon flex doesn’t require gases like those which might be potentially toxic, making it more environmentally friendly. Like those from Kings of Neon, neon flex signs are roughly 80% more energy-efficient than the glass kind, requiring significantly less electricity and emitting a negligible amount of heat.

Durability and Maintenance of Neon Lights

A glass neon lamp is highly delicate. If you drop it, it breaks. However, a neon flex light is more robust and durable. It's flexible, flame-retardant, and made of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). So even if it falls to the ground, it’s unlikely to break.

Another aspect to note is that a flex neon lamp is essentially maintenance-free, which means you won't have to spend money on repairs or replacements. But glass neon tubes require the gas to be refilled after a certain period. This process requires the services of a professional who’ll charge a maintenance fee.

Neon Sign Lifespan - LED vs. Glass

A glass neon tube has an average lifespan of 10,000 hours. A Kings of Neon LED flex, on the other hand, lasts for at least 50,000 hours—five times longer than a glass neon tube. It's an easy win for LED-neon signs.

Neon Light Safety

The possibility of breaking glass neon is always present. As a result, this may expose people nearby to heavy metal mercury and glass cuts. Flex neon is free of toxic materials, such as phosphor and mercury. Our Kings of Neon flex signs are shatter-resistant and made with safe-to-touch technology. Our products are kid-friendly, and your safety is guaranteed.


How Much Does a Neon Light Cost?

The most frequently asked question involves the price range of a customised neon flex light, which is often from 250 USD to 1,000+ USD. The complexity, size and materials used determine the price of a neon lamp. For roughly 370 USD, you can purchase a Kings of Neon "Open" sign. On the other hand, a neon light theatre marquee might cost up to 35,000 USD.

Neon is one of the few crafts that cannot be completely industrialised. As a result, practically every neon light you see today is handcrafted. Each bend in the glass tube takes time to complete. For example, a cursive ‘R' would take more time to make and would be more expensive than a sans serif ‘L'.

The number of words, letters or fonts will affect the overall price of the neon flex sign. More text equals more cash. The size of the sign you want to be crafted will also impact the final price. So the bigger your sign is, the higher the price.

Furthermore, if you want to add some type of imagery or custom branding work to your neon flex sign, the price will, of course, go up. A design with more details for your LED sign may be more expensive than a simple one.

Below are some approximations of the Kings of Neon sign rates.

Smaller-sized LED Signs: 20”/50 cm—from 200 USD to 500+ USD

Larger-sized LED Signs: 99”/ 250 cm—can cost from 1,000 USD and above.

We’ve highlighted samples of measurements you can use to create your sign:

Width (Inches) Width (cm)
25 50
29 75
40 100
60 150
79 200
99 250

Can Neon Kill You?

Neon is a noble gas, so it doesn’t form any compounds. At normal temperature and pressure, it’s generally non-toxic, so it poses no danger to the environment. However, in excessive concentrations, this gas can be dangerous. We consider it a basic asphyxiant, which means that neon gas can displace oxygen in the air, particularly in enclosed areas. As a result, the gas can cause a person to suffocate because they’ll lack oxygen.

Can “Neon” in a Neon Light Kill You?

No. When we use the terms "neon" signs or "neon" lights, it doesn't mean they're primarily made of neon gas. The term "neon" is commonly used to describe discharge lamps that use a mixture of gases to produce various lighting colours.

Is Neon Combustible?

Neon is non-combustible because, in nature, there are no neon compounds. Along with helium and xenon, it’s one of the least reactive elements on the periodic table.

Are LED Neon Flex Signs Dangerous?

Fortunately, flex neon isn’t dangerous. Our signs are low voltage and emit very little heat, making them safe to touch even after they've been on for a week. Our products also have no glass since we utilise a high-quality LED flex mounted on an acrylic backboard, which is very difficult to break.

If you break your flex light, it's most likely the acrylic backing that cracks. The PVC tube that holds the LEDs is nearly impossible to break open. So it won't shatter like glass neon, which can be dangerous if it breaks.

We’ve Got You Covered….

At Kings of Neon, you can create your design, or if you're looking for some new ideas, you can check out our vast selection of neon flex signs. Also, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to get more answers about our LED flex signs.

Featured Image from: Pixabay by Andy_BeLight