The most obvious differences between LED and neon lighting are that neon lighting comes in a hand crafted glass tube. The light is created from reactions with an inert gas that emit a fluorescent colour due to the release of energy. Neon tubes are beautifully crafted but they are very fragile and there is a risk of damage to the tube if handled incorrectly.
LED signs are created using light emitting diodes (LEDs) which are strung closely together so that the light they emit overlaps and creates a steady source of light. LED signs are usually lighter and more protected than neon lights as LEDs are often wrapped in their own polymer jacket to protect each diode from external damage.
If you are looking for the most energy efficient signage option then LED uses much less power than a neon light. Neon bulbs need 15,000 volts to run while LEDs need just 24 volts. If you are thinking about a large outdoor display and contemplating LED or neon, then we recommend LED over neon every time.
When looking at the difference in cost between LED and neon signs it depends on the size of the light display you are creating. LED’s work out cheaper than neon so this may sway your decision in favour of LED.
There is a reason that neon signs have remained so popular with businesses all over the world, as the light they emit is warm and welcoming. The neon light itself brings up connotations of old school glamour, locations such as Las Vegas and Tokyo and a nostalgia that few can resist. In comparison, LED lights are brighter, they are a modern concept and so throw out a much more futuristic feel, so you should look for what offers you the most curb appeal.