Custom Signs & Neon

In the signage industry, neon signs are electric signs lit by long, luminous gas-discharge tubes. These tubes contain rarefied neon, or occasionally other gases, that give them their distinctive buzzing glow. They are the most commonly used for neon lighting, which was first demonstrated in a modern form in December 1910 by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show. While have been used worldwide since then, neon signs’ popularity reached their peak in the United States, from around 1920 to 1960. The installations in Times Square, many originally designed by Douglas Leigh, attracted visitors from across the world, and by 1940 there were almost 2,000 shops producing neon signs. As well as signage, neon lighting is now used frequently by artists and architects, and (in a modified form) in plasma display panels and televisions. There was a decline in neon manufacturers over the past several decades, but like so many retro fashions, neon has made a big comeback over the past few years, and plenty of cities are now concerned with preserving and restoring of their antique neon signs.

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