What is the difference between LED neon and traditional neon?

At NeonPlgrim, we mainly use LED neon technology to create your beautiful signs, and here are the reasons why!

In short:

1. Material

Traditional neon is composed of glass and gas. Glass tubes are heated and then hand bent to the shape. Once shaped they are then filled with an inert gas.

LED is a more recent technology that uses a more complex process to generate light through electricity. The tubing is made of a flexible material that is much safer than the traditional neon glass tubes.

Glass neon on the left vs LED on the right

led and glass neon difference

2. Installation and energy consumption

Our LED Neon signs are really easy to install! They are lighter and sturdier than traditional neon signs. 

The cost savings for energy consumption vary but can be more than 80% which makes it much more eco-friendly compared to traditional neon signs 🌿 

3. Affordable price

Production of LED neon is less material consuming and much faster and easier. In addition, to ship LED neon signs there is no need to pack the parcel in 4 layers as we did with glass neon (wood box, cardboard, bubble wrap, polyethylene film).

With LED - we are using much less single-use packaging to reduce the impact on our planet. And still, all of our products delivered safe and sound, unlike glass neon which is more likely to break, no matter how you pack it.

All of this makes LED neon much affordable in shipping&production.

4. Safety

As mentioned above, traditional neon signs use high voltage and real glass, so glass neon can be dangerous when in areas where they may be touched or not properly secured. And over time, traditional neon signs can slowly leak toxic gases.

In contrast, LED neon technology allows the sign to stay cool and safe to touch; and of course does not use toxic gas. Therefore, it's much safer to use a LED neon sign for your shop, restaurant, home or even an event!

5. Durability

Our products will let you enjoy your bright light design for 10 years of 24/7 usage or about 30 years of 5 hours a day at full intensity ~ 50,000 hours total