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Neon Signs Club- Show us your glow!


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5 years ago



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    #651 5 days ago

    I have run non-stop for four years and counting, several Chinese neon signs with absolutely no problems. They all use that small 3kv ballast and run fairly cool with it, no issues.

    My signs are on 24/7.

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    #652 4 days ago
    Quoted from Clint12:

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    I love that!

    #653 4 days ago

    Just curious why you leave them on 24/7 ?

    John

    #654 4 days ago

    Neons will last longer when left on. The initial arc shortens the life of the ballast and internal tube anode, so they're really designed to be run permanently. Since the current draw is minimal, it's a safe bet to run them all the time, and inexpensive electricity-wise.

    The high wall outlets were designed with this in mind.

    #655 4 days ago
    Quoted from ramegoom:

    Neons will last longer when left on. The initial arc shortens the life of the ballast and internal tube anode, so they're really designed to be run permanently. Since the current draw is minimal, it's a safe bet to run them all the time, and inexpensive electricity-wise.
    The high wall outlets were designed with this in mind.

    This is true. If a fella is going to turn them on and off though, use a power strip or plug/unplug. One of the more common fails is the pull chain switch.

    #656 4 days ago
    Quoted from ramegoom:

    Neons will last longer when left on. The initial arc shortens the life of the ballast and internal tube anode, so they're really designed to be run permanently. Since the current draw is minimal, it's a safe bet to run them all the time, and inexpensive electricity-wise.
    The high wall outlets were designed with this in mind.

    Is that true? That is craziness!

    #657 4 days ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    Is that true? That is craziness!

    It's true!
    Not only that, by having the signs on more it doesn't allow for the gas inside the tubes to settle. If anyone has ever seen where you turn on a neon and it lights up portions of the tube?? This is typically due to the gas settling. As I explained early on in this thread somewhere, if you ever get this do what is called a mercury roll. Turn your neon sign on, hold it up to the sky so it's facing the ground, look for a small, what looks like, black BB and twist the sign so that BB works it way through the tube(s). You will see the tube get brighter as you do this. You may have to move the BB from one end of tube to the other a few times for it to light up completely.

    A lot of people think the tube is bad when it's just the gas settling. BTW - The black BB is the mercury inside the tube.

    #658 4 days ago
    Quoted from meSz:

    It's true!
    Not only that, by having the signs on more it doesn't allow for the gas inside the tubes to settle. If anyone has ever seen where you turn on a neon and it lights up portions of the tube?? This is typically due to the gas settling. As I explained early on in this thread somewhere, if you ever get this do what is called a mercury roll. Turn your neon sign on, hold it up to the sky so it's facing the ground, look for a small, what looks like, black BB and twist the sign so that BB works it way through the tube(s). You will see the tube get brighter as you do this. You may have to move the BB from one end of tube to the other a few times for it to light up completely.
    A lot of people think the tube is bad when it's just the gas settling. BTW - The black BB is the mercury inside the tube.

    Yep I know exactly what you mean. Damn that is so counter intuitive!

    #659 4 days ago

    So for all of us that turn on our signs say once a week or every other week
    For about eight hrs at a time this could be hurting them?

    #660 3 days ago
    Quoted from Liftserv:

    So for all of us that turn on our signs say once a week or every other week
    For about eight hrs at a time this could be hurting them?

    Look at it as you're putting more wear and tear on them. I have numerous neon signs and like most I don't use them all the time. Neon signs were made for commercial use and not for the home environment.

    #661 3 days ago
    Quoted from meSz:

    Look at it as you're putting more wear and tear on them. I have numerous neon signs and like most I don't use them all the time. Neon signs were made for commercial use and not for the home environment.

    I have a "Lite" sign that might be older than I, I'm not overly concerned with how much time it has left. Yes you maybe adding more wear and tear but it still might around longer than I'll be alive "short cycling" it. You have to weigh the fire safety risk (ballasts are known to catch fire time to time) and electrical usage vs wear and tear and decide for yourself if it is worth it.

    I'm done for the day, they get shut down.

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