neon signs

Ember’s Grill & Lounge

Neon Signs

Added 24 Nov 2016

Ember’s Grill & Lounge

Neon Signs

Coat Check

Neon Signs

Added 24 Nov 2016

Coat Check

Neon Signs

Pub Sign

Neon Signs

Added 24 Nov 2016

Pub Sign

Neon Signs

Route 66 Diner

Neon Sign

Added 25 Sep 2013

Route 66 Diner

Neon Sign

Richmond Dental Clinic

Neon Sign

Added 25 Sep 2013

Richmond Dental Clinic

Neon Sign

If you’re going for unique and eye-catching, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful neon sign. While LEDs have become increasingly popular as a method of illumination, neon signs remain iconic pieces of art. The first neon lamp was created all the way back in 1902 and neon experienced its true North American heyday during the ‘40s and ‘50s. For instance, if you were asked to describe the prototypical classic diner sign, we’re sure it would be a neon. But while traditionally neon signs are associated with car culture or the bustling Vegas strip, today neon signs are often used to display a company’s quirkiness or to appeal to a customer’s sense of nostalgia.

Neon signs are available in a number of vibrant colours, with the help of a chemical reaction. In short, inert gases, such as helium and carbon, are placed in glass tubes with special coatings. These glass tubes are first planned using computer software, and later created by professionals by shaping the glass over a flame. While similar illumination vibrancy can be achieved with LED lights, neon lights are thought to have a “warmer” light.

Not only are neon signs often used as exterior and interior business signs, they are also seen as custom interior design pieces. Why not spruce up your living or dining room with a guaranteed conversation starter? And while the carefully created glass tubes look delicate, neon signs are surprisingly long-lasting.

There are a number of sign manufacturers who still create unique neon sign pieces, including Topmade Signs. And if you inherited a vintage neon sign, whether by purchasing a heritage building or buying it at a flea market, it can be refurbished as well. Bringing a classic sign back to life is a great way to show a community you are dedicated to preserving the area’s history while becoming a part of its future.