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Neon Signs Club- Show us your glow!

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    #1351 6 months ago

    I know this isn’t the “decorate my basement for me” thread, but… I’ve got a couple longer walls in our basement that kind of need some character. I’m relatively handy and was thinking about making a little mixed media wall art using those neon-look flexible LED strips, maybe some nice hardwoods, etc. Basement is mostly dark greys, wood grains, metal fixtures, leather furniture, etc. Kind of industrial with splashes of pop culture and arcade stuff.

    My struggle at the moment is I kind of dislike the redundant nature of a big-ass neon sign that says “Pinball” or “Arcade” when it’s pretty obvious (to anyone with a pulse) what the room is for. Also have a young kid, so probably shouldn’t make a giant “Bulleit Bourbon” or “Busch Light” tribute either. Anybody have any suggestions? I might just forego lettering entirely and just do some kind of abstract design or something geometric.

    But, since this is the premier neon pinside thread… Any suggestions? Was toying with some less on-the-nose pinball phrases like “Replay, “Tilt,” or “Free Play.” Also pretty into Star Wars, so thought maybe a Star Wars symbol (rebel alliance, mythosaur) or phrase of some kind (“This is the Way,” “Stay on Target,” etc) might be fitting. Also considered copy-catting the Stern logo but replacing “Stern” with our family name (Stoltz). Anyway, any suggestions or thoughts are welcome!
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    #1352 6 months ago
    Quoted from bigcnj:

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    Nice bar too!!

    #1353 6 months ago

    Decided to go with the name-substitution on the Stern Logo. Have the materials now, and spent some time in photoshop getting it laid out. Looks like it might work out pretty well!

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    #1354 6 months ago
    Quoted from JStoltz:

    Decided to go with the name-substitution on the Stern logo.

    Stoltz . . . your modified logo says pinball but sounds more like a brand of beer.

    #1355 6 months ago
    Quoted from littlecammi:

    Stoltz . . . your modified logo says pinball but sounds more like a brand of beer.

    "A six of Stoltz" doesn't sound half bad!

    #1356 6 months ago
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    #1358 6 months ago

    Just a fun project a bud and I are working on

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    #1359 6 months ago

    Would look neat above a Space Shuttle pin

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    #1360 5 months ago
    Quoted from poppapin:

    Nice bar too!!
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    Thx

    #1361 5 months ago
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    #1362 5 months ago

    Nice it looks good by the game.

    #1363 5 months ago

    So I have a JJP neon and it has two transformers on it. One of them is flaky (the one that lights up the JERSEY JACK PINBALL" text) while the other one is fine (that does the outline of New Jersey in red). I'm pretty inexperienced with these--I looked on the transformer itself and didn't see any text to indicate what kind of transformer it was to find a replacement. Are they pretty standard? Any advice on troubleshooting/repair?

    #1364 5 months ago
    Quoted from KevInBuffalo:

    So I have a JJP neon and it has two transformers on it. One of them is flaky (the one that lights up the JERSEY JACK PINBALL" text) while the other one is fine (that does the outline of New Jersey in red). I'm pretty inexperienced with these--I looked on the transformer itself and didn't see any text to indicate what kind of transformer it was to find a replacement. Are they pretty standard? Any advice on troubleshooting/repair?

    I would verify a solid connection from the wires of the transformer to the neon tube wires. Usually hit in a rubber cap of sorts. obviously with the unit off and unplugged

    #1366 5 months ago
    Quoted from KevInBuffalo:

    So I have a JJP neon and it has two transformers on it. One of them is flaky (the one that lights up the JERSEY JACK PINBALL" text) while the other one is fine (that does the outline of New Jersey in red). I'm pretty inexperienced with these--I looked on the transformer itself and didn't see any text to indicate what kind of transformer it was to find a replacement. Are they pretty standard? Any advice on troubleshooting/repair?

    So you could have a few issues here .....
    1. most common on these cheaper neons, the power supply is failing. One easy way to validate this is to take the other power supply, the one running the part of the sign that doesn't have issues, and attach the leads to the part of the sign that's not working. If the neon lights up without issue then you know it's the transformer.
    2. The tube is going bad. Again, following the instructions in #1 as you know that transformer is good so if you connect it and still have the issue then you know it's the tube that's going bad.
    3. You're not getting a good connections. Take off the rubber boots and untwist the wires. When neon tubes are made they're dipped in paint. Some times the paint on the leads (wires) is really thick and it doesn't make a good connection. While this does happen, I am betting on #1 or 2.

    CAUTION - remember these things are high voltage. Never work on them while on and make sure if you're jumping wires they're protected from touching anything, especially each other

    #1367 5 months ago

    Hi all, I have a bad transformer, see pics. I want to buy a new one but do not know how much KV do I need. Can anyone advise how much I would need based on my old transformer ratings? Thanks in advance!!

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    #1368 5 months ago

    Im pretty sure you just need to make sure the hz is the same and that it will supply a minimum of the old supply’s 9000 volts. My buddy just replaced his old 9k transformer with a 10k off amazon

    #1369 5 months ago

    Something like this should work fine.
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    #1370 5 months ago
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    #1371 5 months ago
    Quoted from kuelman:

    Something like this should work fine.
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    Thank you very much!!

    #1372 5 months ago
    Quoted from sixgill:

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    Beautiful! Custom I guess? Can we see a closeup?

    #1373 5 months ago
    Quoted from JStoltz:

    Decided to go with the name-substitution on the Stern Logo. Have the materials now, and spent some time in photoshop getting it laid out. Looks like it might work out pretty well![quoted image]

    Slowly making progress on this, pleased so far!

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    #1374 5 months ago

    Do u know what might look cool? If you put a pinball to dot the "i" in pinball.

    #1375 5 months ago

    I want to get this one so badly!

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    #1376 5 months ago

    I was lucky enough to find an old arcade sign from North St. Paul Minnesota. The arcade was "Video Gamers". The owner kept the sign, and did not have room to display it. I had to have the transformers replaced, and there was a perfect fit above my pins. I live on a lake and when this sign is lit up, you can see it across the lake. A few people across the lake thought a bar had opened up.

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    #1377 5 months ago

    Nice collection!

    Quoted from cmarvinc:

    I was lucky enough to find an old arcade sign from North St. Paul Minnesota. The arcade was "Video Gamers". The owner kept the sign, and did not have room to display it. I had to have the transformers replaced, and there was a perfect fit above my pins. I live on a lake and when this sign is lit up, you can see it across the lake. A few people across the lake thought a bar had opened up.
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    #1378 5 months ago
    Quoted from Jecco74:

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    That light really ties the room together.

    #1379 5 months ago
    Quoted from cmarvinc:

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    Never thought of running trains UNDER the pins!

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    #1380 5 months ago
    Quoted from PhilGreg:

    Beautiful! Custom I guess? Can we see a closeup?

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    #1381 5 months ago
    Quoted from PhilGreg:

    Beautiful! Custom I guess? Can we see a closeup?

    There was a guy selling a different one at York, it looked pretty nice.

    Either one would look great in my game room

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    #1382 5 months ago
    Quoted from sixgill:

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    Beautiful. Looks like very intricate work.

    #1383 5 months ago
    Quoted from gdonovan:

    There was a guy selling a different one at York, it looked pretty nice.
    Either one would look great in my game room
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    Very cool too. I really like best the neon on top of painted signs I think, so sixgill's piece is top notch for my taste.

    #1384 5 months ago

    I picked up a non working vintage neon sign recently. No broken tubes. Is there a way to tell if it needs a new transformer or the neon is outgassed? (not sure if that's the correct terminology)

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    #1385 5 months ago

    Some of the gameroom neons. Working on new room which will hold all the games and unused signs not shown in these photos.

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    #1386 5 months ago

    That Golden Gate neon is way cool

    #1387 5 months ago

    Beautiful! Good to see some real neon in the neon thread.

    #1388 5 months ago

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    #1389 5 months ago

    2nd anchor sign complete on my original 6 project. Now onto the 6 team signs.

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    #1390 5 months ago

    My wife chipped in to help me buy this Adel Brau (Glo-Dial) neon clock as an early Christmas present. Just have to figure out where to hang it.

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    #1391 5 months ago
    Quoted from Frax:

    I have the recognizer one that's been posted on this thread twice, but in "Tron 2.0" corruped yellow-green color. I know, I can't ever just follow the crowd.

    I just want to point out that this thing is STILL working, and currently running 24 hours a day for the last month or two. For something I paid 150 bucks for 7 or 8 years ago from some independent Chinese/Taiwanese independent shop, that's some ungodly value right there!

    #1392 5 months ago
    Quoted from Frax:

    I just want to point out that this thing is STILL working, and currently running 24 hours a day for the last month or two. For something I paid 150 bucks for 7 or 8 years ago from some independent Chinese/Taiwanese independent shop, that's some ungodly value right there!

    The Williams and Yuengling signs I bought on Ebay from Gu years ago are still working as well. The Yuengling starts off a little dim now, but after a few minutes is nice and bright.

    Chris

    #1393 5 months ago

    Yes, that's the guy! Crazy.

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    #1394 5 months ago

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    #1395 5 months ago
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    #1396 4 months ago

    I know it’s just led neon but it lights similar. Still looking for neon for my basement, I keep finding neons for others :-p

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    #1397 4 months ago

    I scored this big boy today

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    #1398 4 months ago

    Chrissy pressie from wifey.

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    #1399 4 months ago
    Quoted from northvibe:

    I know it’s just led neon but it lights similar. Still looking for neon for my basement, I keep finding neons for others :-p
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    I spy a beta tester! Nice flex! ...and game!

    #1400 4 months ago
    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    I spy a beta tester! Nice flex! ...and game!

    Haha. Was hoping people would notice

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