LED vs Traditional Neon Glass

What is the difference between LED neon and traditional neon?

At Yellowpop, we only use LED neon technology to create your beautiful signs, and here are the reasons why!

Material

The first, and most obvious, difference between traditional neon lights and LED neon is the material. 

Traditional neon is composed of glass and gas. Glass tubes are heated over an open flame and then hand bent to the desired shape. Once shaped they are then filled with an inert gas.

LED is a more recent technology that uses a more complex fabrication process to generate light through electricity. The tubing is made of a flexible material that is much safer than the traditional neon glass tubes.

Installation and energy consumption

Our LED Neon signs are really easy to install! They are lighter and sturdier than traditional neon signs. 

They also use very little power! Neon tubes need a lot more volts than LED signs: 15,000 volts to run, while our LED signs only need 12 volts.

The cost savings for energy consumption vary but can be more than 80%. It depends on brightness, type of electrical transformer and other factors.

And last but not least, thanks to their low energy consumption LED signs are much more eco-friendly compared to traditional neon signs 🌿 

Safety

As mentioned above, traditional neon signs use high voltage and real glass, so they can be dangerous when in areas where they may be touched or not properly secured. And over time, traditional neon signs can slowly leak toxic gases. 

In contrast, LED neon technology allows the sign to stay cool and safe to touch; and of course does not use toxic gas. Therefore, it's much safer to use a LED neon sign for your shop, restaurant, home or even an event!

Durability

Both LED and traditional neon signs can run for a very long time depending on usage and environmental conditions. The lifetime of a sign is usually based on hours of glow, so the less you use them, and in the better conditions you keep them in, the longer they will last. 💡

Our products will let you enjoy your bright light design for a hefty 40-50,000 hours. That’s the equivalent of 2-3 years if left on 24/7.

The biggest difference here is the robustness in terms of breakage. As neon signs are made of glass tubes, they are very fragile and there is a risk of damage to the tube if handled incorrectly.On the other hand, LED neon is pretty much unbreakable.  Like all great champions, our signs are robust! 

Conclusion

In the traditional neon vs. LED neon competition, LED neon signs are clearly the winners! 


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