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Neon Sign Artist and Cold Cathode Lighting Specialist - 25yrs Experience - Established in Leeds Since 2001 - Sales to general public and business clients - From one off art pieces to multiples for trade - Technical advice given - Old tubes repaired - Every job is different so please ask for quotation with your details.....
Neon Nostalgia  -   Point Of Sale  -  Neon Art For Sale  -  Tube repairs  -  Night Clubs

New plastic  boxes made - Broken glass repaired or replaced...

   Neon Art Commisions - Designs subject to size and detailing, email info@neonidea.net for prices on your design ideas, along with sizes and colour details...

     Made to order.....

Established 2001   Tel 01132 361 260   info@neonidea.net  Mob 07833 953 664   Neonidea 2014

VEHICLE GRAPHICS

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Computer cut designs for accuracy and detailing Rear window graphics...These are on the inside. This way rear wipers don't pull the letters off and ware them down..
A gentle but stylish logo for the bonnet

 

NIGHT CLUB BOXES AND FRAMES

   Nightclub neon signs should  have a box with a clear front to protect people from touching. If out of reach of customers a frame may provide a cheaper alternative to an expensive Perspex or polycarbonate box.

 Some beer signs are repairable, but just because you got it from a car boot sale for a fiver doesn' t mean it will be cheap to restore. Most restorations are between 200 - 300.Dirty tubes can be re-gassed and cleaned internally to remove dark spots or deposits from within the tube itself.

NEON SIGNAGE

     There's one thing that's certain, a neon sign will get you noticed. That's if you own one of these hand crafted landmarks for your business. After all advertising is wanting to be seen by all, so why not purchase something everybody will see and remember. On a dull rainy day this is what the doctor would order if he needed to be seen, to be open. Doesn't matter what the sign reads. Just the fact it's on. This alone says "hello, we are open for business." 

    So if you would like to purchase one of these for yourself, a few things you may take into consideration.....

 

     Colour    There are around 35 standard colours which covers most from red, orange, yellow, green, blue, turquoise, pink, purple, UV, and varying shades of all these. example ( Blue ) , light blue, midnight blue, standard blue, pale blue, deep blue  and finally dark blue all completely different forms of blue light. These are made from different combinations of glass colour , phosphor and gas type. Rare colour can be made from funky combinations of the three, thus giving a potential of over 80 colours...

 

 

  Position it in a place where it's safe. Ok you don't want some one careless to smash it, so don't leave it precariously balanced on a window ledge. Wall mounted out of hands reach is best and safest for many reasons. Preferably in a plastic case for extra protection, but if out of harms reach, a frame of mild steel is a cheaper alternative to an expensive plastic box. Preferably not too far from a plug socket...     

Established 2001   Tel 01132 361 260   info@neonidea.net  Mob 07833 953 664   Neonidea 2014

Neon Point of Sale Sign

    Neon has a striking effect on the eye, it's sharp defining line makes a visual stand out.

Is a powerful asset as visual merchandise, seen in many TV advertisements, shop windows, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, amusement arcades, theme parks, fast food outlets, cinemas. It's all around you, in places where you would not know to look during the day. But when night falls the illuminated shop window stays open for business, whilst it's dark neighbours are passed by without a glance.

 

 

 

Established 2001   Tel 01132 361 260   info@neonidea.net  Mob 07833 953 664   Neonidea 2014

NEON NOSTALGIA

  who would have thought that Leeds had such a glowing past? Luminous, glowing, positively blinding, in fact.

Because, in days gone by, Leeds was a hotspot for the production of neon. Almost every storefront "from laundrettes to shoe repair shops" had a neon sign advertising its wares. As a result, the city centre was literally aglow. And what a sight that must have been!

Neon named after the Greek word neos, meaning "new gas" was first conceived of nearly 350 years ago and quickly became a popular way to advertise after the first commercial neon sign was installed in a Parisian barbershop in 1912. People would stop to stare at the newfangled "liquid fire".

Since then, it has certainly had its highs and lows. Think of the acres of dazzling neon in New York's Times Square, opposed to the flickering XXXs marking sex shops in seedy backstreets.

During the 1940s Leeds was the only place in the north making neon signs and lettering. Oldham Signs in Leeds, on York Road, was the first company outside of London to manufacture the peculiar material, helping brighten up the city.

But neon dropped out of mainstream use in Leeds after Oldham Signs, which had become one of the oldest sign companies in the UK and among the largest manufacturers of neon, closed its doors in 2003.

Perhaps precipitating neon's demise is that neon is costly, complicated and dangerous to make an unappealing trio in a commercial world keen on the quick, easy and cheap.

As a result of the large-scale closure of neon shops, a number of independent neon makers set up their own shops in Leeds. Today there are around five neon shops in the Leeds area: the highest concentration for any city in the UK. In comparison there are less than five neon shops in the whole of Scandinavia.

 

How ever all good things must come to an end, and for neon lighting the proliferation of alternative lighting technology - mainly L.E.D's has had a massive impact on sales of neon....

L.E.D wins over neon in a number of areas, they are more durable. Neon is quite fragile and isn't transported easily. L.E.D's do not require specialist skills to stick down. So it's now easier to populate built up lettering with L.E.D diodes than with special shaped glass pieces filled with neon gas.

Having said that one thing L.E.D's cannot do is achieve the same quality of brightness. You need an awful lot of L.E.D diodes packed very closely together to get any thing like the vibrancy of neon. Sleek lines of illumination like exposed neon tubing just appear dotted or patchy by comparison, when L.E.D.s are used, for the same application. Some applications are best suited to neon or cold cathode as opposed to L.E.D. They require a long line of continuous accurate colour. Hotels and high class retail use this application to obtain a vibrant colour from a trough around the ceiling. Recently had to do this to replace L.E.D's because they just didn't pack enough punch in the lumens area. Replaced with low voltage cold cathode. Giving an even distribution of light from the rear of a bulk head the tubes lit the room. Low voltage cold cathode lighting requires individual invertors or transformers for each separate tube. This puts the price up but that's the price you have to pay to keep the voltage under 1000 volts, and in the low voltage category.

Cold Cathode has a much broader spectrum of colour than L.E.D. Combining different phosphors ,with different glass and a different gas, usually argon or neon, you can make a phenomenal amount of colours including UV with black glass.

Established 2001   Tel 01132 361 260   info@neonidea.net  Mob 07833 953 664   Neonidea 2014

NEON ART FOR SALE

 
     

  Tulip                                    Stands 1000mm tall x 400mm wide. Stalk and leaves made from apple green, and yellow glass. Both have green phosphor and blue gas. The head of the plant is Red glass with a pink powder and the Petals are clear glass with a green powder, all gassed red neon, to light orange and red.

 

 Bluebell                                             Stands 1000mm tall x 600mm wide. Stalk and leaves made from some very old apple green glass coated green and a modern version of the same colour, albeit a shade different. The head made from blue glass with light blue phosphor incorporating a red gas giving a deep purple light. Sorry my photography doesn't do it any justice.

        Coming soon

Established 2001   Tel 01132 361 260   info@neonidea.net  Mob 07833 953 664   Neonidea 2014

NEON GALLERY

 
 

Established 2001   Tel 01132 361 260   info@neonidea.net  Mob 07833 953 664   Neonidea 2014

 

 
 

 

 

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Juanid Jamshed Project

 

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Richards Retreat

 

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Besbrode Piano's

 

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Gala Casino's - Casino Magic

 

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Selecta Car Showroom

Jungle Kids - Soft Play Center

 

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Flares Nightclubs - Animated Boxes

      Thanks for taking the time to browse the gallery. These pictures were allocated over a period of ten years or so of being in the neon sign business. Either taken by myself or emailed from customers whom they were made for. Neon is not easy to photo and people don't always take the best pictures.

  If you squint your eyes a little you can see the image of the Ra Ra Girl more clearly. It doesn't help being mounted over a window, as the reflection muddles up the view a little.

 

 

 

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TUBE REPAIRS

 

   If you have a neon sign that fails. It's always a tube or a transformer that is providing the weakest link in the circuit. So transformers can be replaced and tubes remade or repaired.

   Firstly transformers, if you take a photo of the transformer, a replacement may then be purchased. It is always best to try to photograph the labels on the transformer as this contains all the details you need for the replacement. If the existing transformer details are not available a replacement would have to be worked out on footage of the tubing, so a photo of all the glass and sign would be needed. Some close ups of the electrodes and tubing themselves and measure the tubes from end to end if you can. From this you should be able to obtain what size of transformer was previously running the sign. Transformers are easily recognisable for a trained engineer to roughly know what Kv they output, just by looking at them.

 Secondly Glass, sometimes you can tell straight away that a piece of glass is broken. Well you can either see it's missing or hanging off the wall or quite plainly broken in two. If this is what you have then slide back the electrode covers and untwist the wiring from the electrodes. Using snips cut the tie wire which holds  the glass to the supports, some newer signs now have snap into supports which don't require wire to hold the glass down. You have now removed the glass and can pack it well in an oversized box with lots of packing materials to stop further breakages. But before you do this you must trace around the tube on paper. This may show how the pieces go together if there is more than one piece, also if further breakages take place during posting or transporting of the glass, then you still have the template to refer to. If parts of the glass section are missing then put these details on the drawing of the tube, how you require it to be finished off. If the tubing fits inside a built up letter, a rubbing of the actual letter may tell the glass blower the missing details. You wouldn't want to return to your sign with a piece of glass that will not fit, so get as many details as possible. Most tube repairs are around 35.00 per tube, more extensive repairs will cost more (subject to a labour charge ). Sections with multiples letters are usually better off made from fresh.

 Some tubing is better off remade than repaired. Especially if glass is extensively broken. Phosphor can be damaged quite easily by a sudden rush of air into a tube blowing all the powder to one end. Resurrection from this can never be overcome. Others are just easier to remake than repair. Some new tubes will stand out amongst other dated pieces of glass. These tubes will be repaired for the reason they match the rest of the sign. I refer you to the picture on the right ( The Northern Light ). If you don't want to look like this then you may have to have all the tubes remade as old faded tubes will never match new ones. At the end of the day budgets for sign maintenance should be considered annually, it's what keeps customers coming to your restaurant, after all,  if your not lit up, you are probably not open. So I'm off to eat somewhere else..

 We are not a large sign company, but cater for those that surround us. Most sign company's don't manufacture their own lighting anymore. They don't have the know how or staff to implement this. They fail to turn up with proper templates and then bring broken glass in bits, that are impossible to put together without the right details. It can be costly to them when they have a cherry picker or crane waiting on site. It needs to be done straight away and correct first time. Honestly this happens with inexperienced company's, I have had them ask for six inches adding to a tube length when only one inch will fit. Guess what?  no template was provided.

 

 

 

 The Green band on this transformer label, helps us identify it's a 37ma. The 9.002 suggests it's 9000Kv. So it's a  9Kv/37ma

A blue band is 50ma and a red band  is 25ma. I say this because they are not always readable when they have had ten years or so of whether conditions, or a lick of paint at some time. The colour can still be seen if the lettering cannot be read unless the badge is missing completely.

 

But seriously if you need a neon sign engineer to come and check out your neon sign, give us a call or send us your details, and arrangements will be made.

 

Tel. 01132 361 260

Mob. 07833 593 664

Email. info@neonidea.net

 

 A good mixture of old tubes and new tubes in this picture. It's a great example of what you don't want from a neon repair. All these tubes need to be replaced at the same time, to return this sign to its original glory. Regular annual maintenance may save you money. But replacing tubes spasmodically, as they fail one at a time, as the years go on. The sign will inevitably end up looking like the Northern Lights to the left. Alternatively if your strapped for cash you will have to have them done individually, to keep the sign alive.

Established 2001   Tel 01132 361 260   info@neonidea.net  Mob 07833 953 664   Neonidea 2014

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