LED Neon Vs Glass Neon Signs

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Welcome to The Neonist blog! If you are reading this post, you probably are a neon lover, just like us. Electric colors and vibes – the unforgettable ambiance, making a comeback all the way from the ’80s.

Oh! If we could, we would light up the entire world with neons. All that coolness and groove can definitely make this world a better, kinder, and more fun place. We are not despairing, as we are moving towards our mission to color the world with the neon joy, one step at a time.

Today, we wanted to tell you a bit more in detail what LED neon signs are (or “cool neon signs”, as they are often called), how they are different from the traditional neons, and why this is such good news.

What is LED?

LED, or a light-emitting diode, if we must, is a relatively new lighting technology that has many advantages over traditional light sources – lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size, and faster switching. That is why LED signs have gained such popularity recently and are more commonly used than the traditional glass neons.

What is Neon?

Neon is a novel gas. It has been used to fill the tubes of the original glass signs back in the ’80s until today.

The Neon gas produces an unmistakable bright reddish-orange light. Although tube lights with other colors are often called “neon,” they use different novel gases or fluorescent lighting colors.

The original neon signs are made of glass tubes shaped to a certain design and filled with gas and mounted on a glass board.

What are The Neonist neon signs made of?

The Neonist signs are made of PVC – a flexible and robust material. The electrical and colorful part of the sign is made of the LED light, a much safer and power-saving alternative to a gas-filled tube of traditional neon. 

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Led Neon Signs vs  Glass Neon Signs – Side by side comparison

Energy consumption: LED lights consume significantly less energy than glass neons and can last up to 50,000 hours. It means that if the LED is on every day for 24 hours, it can typically last up to six years. 

If you dim the sign brightness, the LED light can last even longer. LED lights also switch on almost immediately, while the neons can take their time. Consuming significantly more electrical power, glass neons are way more burdensome on your electricity spending.

Safety: LED signs are much safer! The legacy neon signs are made of glass, which, if broken or chipped, can be a potential safety hazard. Traditional neons are filled with gas or mercury, and there is always a danger of gas leakage if neon breaks. 

The LED neon signs do not overheat, which makes them suitable for the home environment. Feel free to use the LED neon as a wall sign, or use the neon LED signs in the bedroom – your’s or your children’s. The new neon sign is mounted on the acrylic board, which is much lighter than the glass board.

The flexibility of use: Once fixed to a wall, a glass sign can not be easily moved to a different place. The LED neon light signs give you the freedom to choose where to place them and where to enjoy them.

The LED new neon sign can be easily displayed outdoors.

The LED neon signs come with a dimmer and remote that provide full control of the brightness levels and lighting modes like flash, flicker, and pulse. The glass neon signs can not be dimmed or made to flicker.


Creativity: With the LED neon signs, you can get really creative! Virtually any design can be recreated, unlike with the glass neon signs.

Noise: Glass neons often buzz and hum, unlike the LED signs.

Lifespan: The lifespan of a glass neon is about two years. After one or two years, they become less bright (and sadder), and it takes them much longer to switch on. The LED signs can last up to six years! 

As major neon geeks, we feel so lucky to live in the days of rapidly evolving technology that allows us to have our cake and eat it too – enjoy the nostalgic feel of neons from the ’80s but in a much cheaper, safer and more creative way.

We invite you to join us on the journey of unleashing your creativity with neon signs. Do you have a favorite quote you’d like to place on your wall, or perhaps an artwork that you absolutely love that is just waiting to be transformed into neon art?

Create your custom neon sign with us. Get inspired, express yourself, and make your ideas come to life.