There are a lot of misconceptions about neon lights out there. The biggest of them all is that neon lights use too much power and can immensely increase your power bills. Unfortunately, a bigger percentage the public who are misinformed are the neon customers (individuals who want neon lights) and the regulators (the government). To ensure that the makers of neon lights thrive and advance their profession, it is vital to educate the public about the myths and misconceptions about neon lights. Here are some of them:
Neon lights are not energy efficient and they use too much power
To dispel this myth, it is important to point out that electrically inefficient products tend to generate a lot of heat. When you touch a light bulb that is not energy efficient when it is turned on, it will burn your fingers. This is not the case with neon tubes or lights. Neon uses no filament that causes heat when the bulb is switched on. Neon uses electrodes to produce light. This is the reason why neon does not waste energy and last longer than the ordinary bulbs.
Neon is expensive
Some people may argue that neon is expensive when compared to ordinary bulbs. From an ordinary person’s point of view, buying neon may seem to be expensive because it costs more than ordinary light tubes or bulbs. However, the cost of replacing blown out bulbs is huge. Neon lasts longer and you may not require to replace them for a long time. This is cheaper and very cost effective.
Additionally, most sign purchasers want neon to advertise their products or services on a daily basis. They want their brands to be noticed and they do not want to spend a lot of money on neon. This has made neon manufacturers to adjust the prices of neon downwards to accommodate the needs and demands of customers. Neon is easily noticed and remembered by many customers and is a more effective method of advertising than the other forms.
Neon is a public safety hazard
This is a myth that resonates well with the regulators. They argue that GTO jumpers are outlawed and they consider that since neon uses GTO jumpers, they are a hazard to the public. To dispel this myth, it is essential for you to work with other neon makers and learn about their experiences, failures as well as success. Check with your local State Agencies, especially Public Safety Offices, and the Electrical Divisions and find out what they have to say about neon.
These misconceptions are so rife that they can deter potential customers from buying neon products. However, it is essential to recognize the myths and deal with them as they come.