Neon lights are seen in virtually every major community, usually in the front window of a store. They are popular and widespread. Neon signs are basically tubes filled with neon and/or other types of gas. Once electricity is added, the gas produces a bright light. The tubes in which the gases are placed can be bent and shaped to spell words or make designs. But what are the actual advantages of neon over traditional lighting?
Properly built and designed neon lights can last years. The average light bulb has an operating life on average of six months to a year. Typically, neon lights last longer than ten years, and when they do fail, it is usually because of electrical wiring deterioration.
Variety of Operating Ranges
Unlike traditional lighting that requires a standard electrical source, neon lights can be operated on a wide variety of voltages. This frees lighting designers to try more creative approaches to lighting, because of flexibility in the types of structures and power sources utilized.
Low Energy Use
Because the actual light is produced by the interaction of gas with electricity, neon lights use significantly less energy than traditional lights. For the most part, traditional lights employ electricity as the actual light source, but neon lights use electricity as a means to instigate light. Some estimates put energy savings as high as 50 to 70 percent.
Dan Ames has been a professional writer for nearly 20 years and has won national and international awards for creativity. He received a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and has been published in a variety of magazines, journals and websites, including eHow and Pluck on Demand.