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How long will neon last?
In terms of using a sign, Neon can last anywhere between 8 to 15 years. This all depends on how often you use your sign and the duration of that use.

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How do you make the different colors?
Neon gas itself, once electricity is applied, gives off the red glow. Another noble gas, argon, mixed with particles of mercury gives off the blue glow. Using clear glass tubes to house the gas allows you to see the colors emitted by the gases. Painting or baking fluorescent powders onto the inside walls of the glass tubing to produce other colors such as green, turquoise, and even pink. Subtle differences in the color is possible by altering the mixture of the elements.

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What is the best way to make my sign most visible?
The main thing you will want with your neon sign is to make it stand out from great distances. There is a standard rule of thumb that states a letter will be visible 38 feet away for ever inch in the letters height. Here is a little chart to give some examples:

Readable Distance (in feet)
Height of Letter (in inches)
76
2
152
4
228
6
304
8
380
10
456
12

But it is also important to note that what type of backing for the sign, the color of the sign, and the type of letter combination that you use all play an important role in making your sign more visible. Signs with a black or smoked backing help increase the visibility of the sign. Red is the most visible color, followed by Pink, Green, and Turquoise respectivly. Blue, Purple, and Yellow are the least visible and are generally used for the signs borders. Also using a combination of upper and lower case letters (Sign) is more visible than using all upper case letters (SIGN).

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How long will my transformer last?
Generally a transformer should last anywhere between 5-7 years. Some might stop working earlier and some might last for 10-15 years. The lifespan of a transformer depends on heat and eletrical surges/ the consistency of your eletrical supply.

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What can I do if my transformer breaks?
As long as your transformer breaking isn't a result of user fault, we can help you take care of that issue. Please refer to our Warranty page for more information.

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I want my sign to flash, how can I do this?
We have the option to make either the whole sign flash or just certain parts of the sign. When you order your sign, you notice drop down boxes with different options. Making your sign flash is one of those options.


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How much energy does my neon sign use?
Not a lot actually. On average a neon sign uses .8 amps, which equates to about 96 watts. So basically your sign is about equal to a single light bulb. The average cost of running your sign 24 hours a day is about 20 cents a day.

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Can my sign be used outdoors?
All of our signs are designed for indoor use. However we can make any sign acceptable for outdoor use for an additional fee. Please contact us for the price of an outdoor upgrade.

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