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Neon Signs Club- Show us your glow!

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    #1401 4 months ago
    Quoted from Flynnyfalcon:

    Chrissy pressie from wifey.
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    That's a great sign. Any idea where she found it?

    #1402 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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    LED ≠ Neon.

    #1403 4 months ago

    Yes, I understand. However this led strip is made to mimic the neon. And until P3 is a real neon, it is what I have.

    #1404 4 months ago

    Memphis TN area

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    #1405 4 months ago

    Beauty!

    #1406 4 months ago

    Not a neon sign but this is the sign my girlfriend and I made recently. RGB lights mounted to the back that provide a nice glow while you're playing.

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    #1407 4 months ago

    Looking for some tech help about swapping transformers. Pm me if you think you can help.

    Thanks

    #1408 4 months ago
    Quoted from dirkdiggler:

    Looking for some tech help about swapping transformers.

    If the specs are on them, make sure they match.

    You might have to remove the transformer from the sign to read the side that has that info on it.

    LTG : )

    #1409 4 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    If the specs are on them, make sure they match.
    You might have to remove the transformer from the sign to read the side that has that info on it.
    LTG : )

    Thanks. I have a couple neons with broken tubes but know the transformers are good in them. Thought that I could try and get that bud boxing neon going I picked up last month by swapping one in

    #1410 4 months ago
    Quoted from dirkdiggler:

    Thought that I could try and get that bud boxing neon going I picked up last month by swapping one in

    Try it. Easy to do and will probably work.

    LTG : )

    #1411 4 months ago
    Quoted from yzfguy:

    That's a great sign. Any idea where she found it?

    I don't... but a quick search on eBay found them

    #1412 4 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    If the specs are on them, make sure they match.
    You might have to remove the transformer from the sign to read the side that has that info on it.
    LTG : )

    The top pic is the one that needs replaced. Think either of the other ones will work?20220103_103322.jpg20220103_103304.jpg20220103_103332.jpg

    #1413 4 months ago

    Try one and see.

    LTG : )

    #1414 4 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Try one and see.
    LTG : )

    The proverbial "smoke test".

    #1415 4 months ago
    Quoted from Ballypin:

    The proverbial "smoke test".

    Darker not enough power, super bright too much power. Looks good. Done, call it a day. ( try and match the output voltage )

    LTG : )

    #1416 4 months ago

    New addition to the dude lair.

    Actually, the wife bought this for her side business. It's LED, but looks the part.

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    #1417 4 months ago

    I've had this sign forever definitely awesome...

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    #1418 4 months ago

    It's alive! It's really orange. Thought the outer tubes would be white. Oh well.

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    #1419 4 months ago
    Quoted from dirkdiggler:

    It's alive! It's really orange. Thought the outer tubes would be white. Oh well.
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    Beautiful. How did you pick this up?

    #1420 4 months ago
    Quoted from PhilGreg:

    Beautiful. How did you pick this up?

    Won it at a auction in November. Paid only $45 when working ones were going for over $300.

    #1421 4 months ago
    Quoted from dirkdiggler:

    Won it at a auction in November. Paid only $45 when working ones were going for over $300.

    Wow, nice catch!

    #1422 4 months ago

    Cheater neon, but pinball relevant…

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    #1423 4 months ago

    I am sooooo pumped. Won this 36" sign tonight for only $50!!! The outer ring and mustang tubes are broken but I don't care one bit. Have three other signs on queue to be fixed so hoping to get a deal on this one. 1906_1(1).jpg 1906_2(1).jpgAlso snagged a clock for $30! Retail at uncle Weiners is $70. Man I love auctions1087_1.JPEG

    #1424 4 months ago

    Paid a visit to the TNT crew with Mermink
    We had a great time!
    I finally beat down Todd enough and bought some Neon from him!

    Kate convinced me to get this one over the “1¢ Candy” signimage.jpg
    Now I’m gonna hang this up and leave it on 24/7. Never turn off any of my other signs down here. Maybe I’m misinformed but that should be perfectly fine and not detrimental to the sign, correct?

    Also scored this unusual “salesman sample” display piece. It’s handmade.
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    This picture is from 2020 and it was very bright and vibrant up on a shelf in the office. Now it’s very dim and the amber tube keeps going in and out. The Purple Green Pink & Blue are all one solid tube, then it daisy chains over to the amber and red tube. The red is the brightest, and the amber blinks on and off. If you put your hand near it or put the power cord near it the tube lights up. image.jpg
    Zero knowledge on Neon. What is the issue and how can I fix it?
    D9A78360-B87F-4DB9-AD6A-41EDA54E0107.jpeg it looks bright but even in 100% darkness it’s very dim. Like your phone with the brightness all the way down.

    My last question is this strange bulb:image.jpg
    It hasn’t worked for a long long time. Not sure if the tube leaked or if it’s got an internal transformer of some sort. It has a switch that says “flow/on”
    Any idea what it is and where I can buy a replacement or how to fix it?

    I have 3 or 4 other broken Neon signs I’ve inherited or picked up in my travels. I’d like to get them fixed later. Are there any neon repair places in Upstate New York?

    #1425 4 months ago
    Quoted from JStoltz:

    Slowly making progress on this, pleased so far![quoted image][quoted image]

    Quick update on this little “not really neon” sign project. I’ll get a better picture once it’s installed in the basement by the pins (and cleaned up a little).

    In hindsight I think I’d suggest finding somebody with a CNC to route the backer board as well as a channel for the LED strip. The plastic brackets I used (two small brass wood screws in each) took forever to put on. And once I got them all on, I had to remove them to get the paper template out from under them, spray the backer board with black paint and a coat of clear, then re-attach them all.

    Also learned that the strips don’t take abuse well, so I had to sacrifice a few strips to the “bracket placement” process. The tight bends over and over to get everything aligned seems to sometimes damage the LEDs or traces within the strand. Better to do final install with a fresh strip, cut to length, to minimize how much it’s handled before it’s put into the final position.

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    #1426 4 months ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    Paid a visit to the TNT crew with Mermink
    We had a great time!
    I finally beat down Todd enough and bought some Neon from him!
    Kate convinced me to get this one over the “1¢ Candy” sign[quoted image]
    Now I’m gonna hang this up and leave it on 24/7. Never turn off any of my other signs down here. Maybe I’m misinformed but that should be perfectly fine and not detrimental to the sign, correct?
    Also scored this unusual “salesman sample” display piece. It’s handmade.
    [quoted image]
    This picture is from 2020 and it was very bright and vibrant up on a shelf in the office. Now it’s very dim and the amber tube keeps going in and out. The Purple Green Pink & Blue are all one solid tube, then it daisy chains over to the amber and red tube. The red is the brightest, and the amber blinks on and off. If you put your hand near it or put the power cord near it the tube lights up. [quoted image]
    Zero knowledge on Neon. What is the issue and how can I fix it?
    [quoted image] it looks bright but even in 100% darkness it’s very dim. Like your phone with the brightness all the way down.
    My last question is this strange bulb:[quoted image]
    It hasn’t worked for a long long time. Not sure if the tube leaked or if it’s got an internal transformer of some sort. It has a switch that says “flow/on”
    Any idea what it is and where I can buy a replacement or how to fix it?
    I have 3 or 4 other broken Neon signs I’ve inherited or picked up in my travels. I’d like to get them fixed later. Are there any neon repair places in Upstate New York?

    Nice pickup!

    Transformers and tubes only have so many hours of life in them, its a lot but it is finite. If you leave it on 24/7 something will eventually fail.

    #1427 4 months ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    Paid a visit to the TNT crew with Mermink
    Now I’m gonna hang this up and leave it on 24/7. Never turn off any of my other signs down here. Maybe I’m misinformed but that should be perfectly fine and not detrimental to the sign, correct?

    They definitely have a lifetime. Most neon signs are not really traditional neon. Most are the style you have there, it is basically a florescent tube. The internal gas creates UV light, the inside of the tube is coated with phosphors that absorb the UV and re-emit at a visible wavelength. Similar to a tube TV and have the same aging mechanism, they get dimmer over time.

    Actual neon gas glows bright red/orange. When you see such a sign up close you can see that the glow is actually inside the tube and it does not look like the surface of the glass is glowing like most "neon" signs.

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    #1428 3 months ago

    Finally picked up this sign today. Strange how my camera can't pickup the colors correctly. Coors is bright pumpkin orange, the ball and light are a light blue and the stitches are a apple red

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    #1429 3 months ago

    Here are a few of ours.
    The Stroh's is a vintage 1970s.
    The Rolling Rock is a 3 ft. one.
    The Coors Light hangs in the backside of a window cut INTO a closet wall - to replicate looking into a tavern window from the outside. (My contractor - an avid hunter - liked that idea so much, he "installed" windows in his basement walls, and has them backlit with forest scenes showing deer in the wild, LOL).

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    #1430 3 months ago

    Is the “Chinese”/alibaba stern pinball neon the only/best one available? Looking to throw a neon at the route location

    #1431 3 months ago

    Anyone see this beauty at Barrett-Jackson? Thing was a monster! $146k

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    #1432 3 months ago
    Quoted from northvibe:

    Is the “Chinese”/alibaba stern pinball neon the only/best one available? Looking to throw a neon at the route location

    That’s a great idea, following!

    Did DE ever make a sign? Because I mainly route those. Rock solid games!

    #1433 3 months ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    That’s a great idea, following!
    Did DE ever make a sign? Because I mainly route those. Rock solid games!

    My buddy has one. I assume it was a "custom" alibaba special, but it looks nice!
    If my location does well I would like to have a stern pinball neon out front, think it would be a nice touch.

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    #1434 3 months ago

    One we saved.

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    #1435 3 months ago

    Be careful putting up neon signs on location…if it’s not a commercial grade transformer (which Chinese Neons are not), you may find trouble with the local fire Marshall.

    #1437 3 months ago
    Quoted from Blitzburgh99:

    Be careful putting up neon signs on location…if it’s not a commercial grade transformer (which Chinese Neons are not), you may find trouble with the local fire Marshall.

    I’d be curious if they’d notice with the other stuff hung up.

    #1438 3 months ago
    Quoted from Blitzburgh99:

    Be careful putting up neon signs on location…if it’s not a commercial grade transformer (which Chinese Neons are not), you may find trouble with the local fire Marshall.

    That's a misconception as most Commercial Beer neon signs are made in China along with their transformer. The difference between the cheaper neon signs is they use non UL approved transformer. This is where you have to be careful, to your point, with not only local Fire Marshalls but also with your insurance company. If you install a "cheap Chinese" neon with nonapproved transformer and you have a fire where the transformer is deemed the problem your insurance company can deny the claim.

    #1439 3 months ago
    Quoted from meSz:

    That's a misconception as most Commercial Beer neon signs are made in China along with their transformer. The difference between the cheaper neon signs is they use non UL approved transformer. This is where you have to be careful, to your point, with not only local Fire Marshalls but also with your insurance company. If you install a "cheap Chinese" neon with nonapproved transformer and you have a fire where the transformer is deemed the problem your insurance company can deny the claim.

    Not sure why someone would down vote your post as working where I do non-UL approved electricals are forbidden by the fire marshal. I could see an insurance company easily kicking a claim for that reason.

    #1440 3 months ago

    I just added this neon next to my GNR
    It’s my first proper one, do have a couple smaller ones not up yet

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    #1441 3 months ago
    Quoted from gdonovan:

    Not sure why someone would down vote your post as working where I do non-UL approved electricals are forbidden by the fire marshal. I could see an insurance company easily kicking a claim for that reason.

    Probably someone that has a deluge of "cheap Chinese" neons in their basement!

    It is what it is!

    #1442 3 months ago
    Quoted from t8tony8t:

    One we saved.
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    Oh...my god. Love in the highest degree. *all the heart emojis*

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    #1443 3 months ago

    I took these pictures at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, which I highly recommend if you haven't been.

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    #1444 3 months ago
    Quoted from jp1985:

    I took these pictures at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, which I highly recommend if you haven't been.
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    So great that these iconic signs and art have a home. That stardust sign is killer.

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    #1445 3 months ago

    Just bought this for my son for his college room. It’s pretty big, like 28”.

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    #1446 3 months ago
    Quoted from Aladdin:

    Just bought this for my son for his college room. It’s pretty big, like 28”.[quoted image]

    Nice! I was going to bid on a blue moon neon last week but the auction company pulled the lot. Wasn't as nice as yours. Never heard of blue moon before.

    #1447 3 months ago
    Quoted from dirkdiggler:

    Nice! I was going to bid on a blue moon neon last week but the auction company pulled the lot. Wasn't as nice as yours. Never heard of blue moon before.

    It’s like a Hefeweizen. It’s typically served with an orange slice. Pretty popular here in Colorado. Got the sign for $80.

    #1448 3 months ago

    The big Blue Moon’s are great. Found mine at a great deal years ago along with a big Rolling rock in purple.F4804268-21DC-4967-B3F1-7602B077A337 (resized).jpeg

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    #1449 3 months ago
    Quoted from Aladdin:

    It’s like a Hefeweizen. It’s typically served with an orange slice. Pretty popular here in Colorado. Got the sign for $80.

    In Canada they renamed it Belgian Moon. I guess it helps people figure out what type of beer they're getting, plus Labatt Blue was huge and has fallen out of favor, maybe they don't want people to think they're related.

    #1450 3 months ago
    Quoted from Aladdin:

    It’s like a Hefeweizen. It’s typically served with an orange slice. Pretty popular here in Colorado. Got the sign for $80.

    Great score. Any working liquor neon under $100 is aces in my book. Going to try and get these next week

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