Neon, the traditional type of signages, did once dominate the signage industry. Back in the old days, we will find Neon Signs in every shopping streets of Singapore.
Special thanks to HuntleyFilmArchives for sharing these rare historical footage of Neon Signs in 1960s, Singapore.
I. Glass Neon Signs
Neons Signs provide an eye-catching signs and yet not too glaring for the eyes. Although we can still find Glass Neon Signs here in Singapore streets, they are not as glory as before, dominating the signage industry. Their demand have quiet down.
Was it outdated by technologies, such as LEDs? Not really, many still prefer Glass Neon over LEDs, as their lightings were mesmerising.
The main reason of the decline in Neon Lights demand is due to the increasing number of retired craftmen. Nowadays, it is quite difficult to find a Glass Neon supplier. This result in clients looking for alternative lightings such as LEDs or any other signage.
Preserving Cultural Heritage – Neon Arts
Hong Kong is famous for their shopping streets. And Neons Signs greatly contibute to her “shopping paradise” title, mesmerising all the shoppers. Now, they experience the same problem as us, competition from LEDs and shortage of experienced Neon’s craftsmen as reported in The Straits Times article.
Luckily for us, we still manage to hold on to this traditional art. We will hold on to this arts as much as we can, so that the future generation get to see them on the streets, rather than having them hiding their glories in the museum.
How Neon Signs are made?
First we need to heat up the glass tubes to soften them, so as to bend them into the required shape. Once the glass tube cools down, the permanent shape is formed. This process can’t be reverted.
In other words, you only got once chance per bend. So this required a experienced craftman to fine tune each bend with no mistake.
After which, gas is inserted into the tube. Finally, connect them to the transformer and power supply. There we go, a mesmerising signs.
II. LED Neon Signs
Look at below LED Neon photo, isn’t it nice? Could you tell the different between Glass Neon & LED Neon? Which is your preferred choice?
LEDs are the latest lighting technologies and they are taking over the lighting industry by storm.
They are well known for being energy saving and long lasting.
LED Neon is the replicate of Glass Neon. This is a cross border between lightings and signage industries. Due to the lack of technical knowledge, many suppliers will just pass off with just one or two types of LED Neon.
Actually, there are many types of LED Neon. Not only differences between thickness and materials. There are infact many different neon models, Dome Neon, Square Neon, Round Neon, Pixel Neon, Vertical Neon, etc., Of all, the most closely resemble to Glass Neon, is the round LED Neon.
LED Neon is still very new to many. Most of the time, it was used in decoration purpose and some secondary signages. Very seldom, we will see the application of LED neon on the main Signboard.
The Next Big Thing – LED Neon
Seeing LED Neon as the next big thing in Signage, We heavily invest our time to master the art. We tried working with different materials and installation methods. With this knowledge as backbone, we even thought of stepping into the lighting industry.
Wait, don’t pass the verdict yet. Read on for further comparison between these 2 rivals: Neon & LED
One great advantage of LED Neon over Glass Neon are LED Neon are safer, as they dont shatter. But this worries are over concern.
But isn’t that glass break easily? The answer is “Yes” and “No”.
Firstly, once the signs is installed up high, the signs is safe as it is out of reach.
Secondly, when an item is make of glass, everyone practice caution. Handling will be done with extra care without being told.
Glass Neon lightings are no doubt nicer than LEDs. But it will be hard to tell. Had you even been to a home appliances shop, trying to compare 2 TV models at different corners of the shop? Hard to tell the differences, right? Unless, we are placing them side by side or else it will be quite hard make comparisons.
If there was a need to do running lights or any type of changing lights effect, LED will definitely outshine Glass Neon. One tube of Glass Neon contain only one colour but one tube of LED can have many tiny different colours of LEDs. Programming these tiny LEDs, we can have marvellous lightings effect such as running, dimming, changing colours etc.,
Neon Signs Selfie
Imagining taking selfies infront of these neon signs. Who knows, the selfie may go viral. As the selfie goes viral, so does your company. So what are you waiting for? Contact us now, we will be glad to assist you.
Further Reading: EL (electroluminescent) wire as Neon
EL wire does produce a beautiful lights, however it is not bright enough to be use in Signage. Hence, EL wire Neon is not on our product list.
It will be great to use it for small hand craft. Well, you could still DIY a Neon Signs using EL wire for your home decoration. The result is quite impressive.
As Signboard is usually hang up high, we do need to clearly illuminate the details. For indoor use, how tall can the ceiling be? We do not need that amount of brightness.
Hence, we will only recommend EL wires for indoor deco and not as a signboard.
Are you wondering why a signs making firm knew so much on technical details? That is because we have engineer in our team, which is kind of rare in graphic designing sector.
At Bosimi Design & Creation, we constantly look for new ideas in signage making. We do hope in near future, we can improve on our EL wires brightness to include them in our signs making.
Click here to read on signage planning. This will help your signage procurement easier.