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Neon, How much do people know or understand ?


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Post Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:24 pm

Neon, How much do people know or understand ?

Hi Guys,

I have read a few of the forum posts and some really strange things are said about neon, the use of it, how dangerous they think it is and it efficency . Just wondered if people tend to use leds through just a shear lack of understanding of neon, or being scared to use it, or another reason maybe ?

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Post Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:05 pm

The electrical side is dead easy (no pun intended) if you've a bit of common sense / electrical background.

Just follow the legislation & you're fine.

Why I think neon is shied away from:

Cost of breakages, before during & after installation.
Zero margin for error....if it doesn't fit, you're stuffed.
High cost of sections & suitable CE rated transformers.
High voltages - typically between 3kv & 10kv...creates fear in the uninitiated.

And the hassle factor.

...but you just can't beat it for colour, light output, appearance...

I used to do a fair bit of it - now I don't want to spend the time on it. Poor 'risk/reward' factor. Still get called on to do trouble shooting / replacements in the local area...only do it if I'm quiet.


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Post Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:02 pm

Dave right

Daves post is bang on easy to install easy to repair good money but inflexible and not suited to modern signage (except in a few cases)

do repairs almost monthly as most sign cos wont touch it , its easy and safe

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