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Neon Signs Club- Show us your glow!

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    #2101 11 months ago
    Quoted from aahgo:

    Is there a sequencer in the wait/walk sign? Or do you need to fabricate something if you wanted it to alternate?

    I have not figured out the wiring to the 2 transformers in the signal. There are also 2 relays involved. I’m assuming the WALK is lit and then switches to a flashing then steady WAIT ?IMG_4039 (resized).jpegIMG_4039 (resized).jpegIMG_4040 (resized).jpegIMG_4040 (resized).jpeg

    #2102 11 months ago
    Quoted from Ballypin:

    I have not figured out the wiring to the 2 transformers in the signal. There are also 2 relays involved. I’m assuming the WALK is lit and then switches to a flashing then steady WAIT ?[quoted image][quoted image]

    Is it just me, or does it look like they built all those electronics into the valve cover of a small block Chevy?

    #2103 11 months ago
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    #2104 11 months ago
    Quoted from Electronmagic:

    Is it just me, or does it look like they built all those electronics into the valve cover of a small block Chevy?

    With the back cover on, it looks even better.

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    #2105 11 months ago

    It popped up cheap, could not help it!

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    #2106 11 months ago

    Gents I think things are officially getting out of hand.

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    #2107 11 months ago

    The Pepsi is for me, the Corona for my friend Colson. Through thick and thin my pinball brother from another mother has been there the last few terrible months and when he mentioned Corona was his favorite beer.. well it was a chance to thank him. Purchase was a long shot that paid off, I contacted the seller a week ago who had not posted in months on FB market. Today he popped up with a reply and even offered a discount. I was off and running and a hour later both were in hand.

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    #2108 11 months ago

    Sharing a link to a thread I just started about LED neon controllers and trying to find one that can do traditional animation of individual strings of lights.
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/faux-neon-adding-animation-to-led-neon-signs#post-7695008
    I do have a real Fat Tire neon in the room as well, so I've got some street cred. I would've had 2 real neons; but, my Pacfica has a cracked tube and I haven't got anyone local to respond about fixing it.

    #2109 11 months ago

    They got a hotline number for neon anonymous? The Captain is in the house.

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    #2110 11 months ago

    Love my Captain and Coke! My favorite drink while playing pinball with my friends.

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    #2111 11 months ago

    Hotdogs!!

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    #2112 11 months ago
    Quoted from gdonovan:

    Hotdogs!!
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    And keeping in the pinball spirit: Deli meats!!

    #2113 11 months ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    And keeping in the pinball spirit: Deli meats!!

    My daughter was over, spotted it and loves it, her favorite brand of roast beef apparently.

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    #2114 11 months ago

    Picked this up for $30. Only half was working. Turned out to be a loose electrode on the Red neon tube.

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    #2115 11 months ago
    Quoted from yfz450:

    Picked this up for $30. Only half was working. Turned out to be a loose electrode on the Red neon tube. [quoted image]

    Score!!

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    #2116 11 months ago

    Found myself constantly tapping my phone for the time, or asking Alexa, so I sprung a whole 60 bucks (eBay) for a glass-tube neon clock for the gameroom. Red on the outside, and white neon on the inner ring. Simple, easy to read, and looks pretty cool with all the other neons in there!

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    #2117 11 months ago

    Just got this beauty and it's huuuuge! Hung it up in the finished part of the basement and not in the game room. I was going for the "ask for forgiveness" route rather than the "ask for permission". Lucked out because she loves it! Woot!

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    #2118 10 months ago
    Quoted from electricsquirrel:

    That is lovely, Alex!
    I can't wait to see it lit up!
    Eric

    7 months went by and I finally got around to looking into this thing. She's alive! Just needed a power cord replaced and one side of the transformer reconnected.

    The insert is a little hard to read when lit so I may need to find some other options. Fortunately it's just a cardboard sign that slides in from the top.

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    #2119 10 months ago

    My pinball specific related neons...

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    #2120 10 months ago
    Quoted from KingBW:

    My pinball specific related neons...
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    Is the G&R sign custom made?

    #2121 10 months ago
    Quoted from KingBW:

    My pinball specific related neons...
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    That is one sweet G&R sign.

    #2122 10 months ago
    Quoted from jchristian11:

    Is the G&R sign custom made?

    Ebay, said shipping from California, but probably from China.

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    #2123 10 months ago

    Finally able to join the club! Very happy with them. Been looking for a Flyers one for a while and the Budweiser bow tie was a bonus.

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    Hope you’ll indulge me on a few newbie questions:
    What can I clean the frame safely with? Purple Power?
    How about the tubes?
    And the plastic/acrylic on the Bud Light?
    Both plugs were neutered of their ground. Where’s a good place to get replacement cords?
    The bow tie has red paint on the tubes that is flaking off (the black is flaking a bit also). Is it advisable to re-paint, leave it, or strip the flaking off of the red somehow since the neon is an orange-red?
    The white around the puck on the Bud Light has a slight flicker to it. Any tips to fix it?

    Thanks!!

    #2124 10 months ago

    I had my pedestrian signal WALK sand WAIT tubes remasked at Neonworks of Cincinnati. They are located in the American Sign Museum and I saw this cool piece hanging in their shop. IMG_20230822_152814_01 (resized).jpegIMG_20230822_152814_01 (resized).jpegIMG_4414 (resized).jpegIMG_4414 (resized).jpeg

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    #2125 10 months ago

    More pictures in the Neonworks shop. IMG_4416 (resized).jpegIMG_4416 (resized).jpegIMG_4417 (resized).jpegIMG_4417 (resized).jpegIMG_4419 (resized).jpegIMG_4419 (resized).jpegIMG_4418 (resized).jpegIMG_4418 (resized).jpegIMG_4415 (resized).jpegIMG_4415 (resized).jpeg

    #2126 10 months ago

    Learning how to repair and create neon signs would be pretty fun.

    #2127 10 months ago
    Quoted from Ballypin:

    I had my pedestrian signal WALK sand WAIT tubes remasked at Neonworks of Cincinnati. They are located in the American Sign Museum and I saw this cool piece hanging in their shop. [quoted image][quoted image]

    That place is always a treat to visit. I have not used them for work yet, but the work they do seems really nice. Very cool Walk/Don't walk neon. I have been keeping an eye out for one but always see the newer style.

    #2128 10 months ago

    The “FAKE LEDS” is awesome.

    #2129 10 months ago
    Quoted from BJM-Maxx:

    The “FAKE LEDS” is awesome.

    Yep, somebody was thinkin'.....

    #2130 10 months ago

    Some pics of the collection

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    #2131 10 months ago

    Here’s the Blue Moon sign I bought my son in his new digs at school.

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    #2132 10 months ago

    TGIF pickup!

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    #2133 10 months ago
    Quoted from Aladdin:

    Here’s the Blue Moon sign I bought my son in his new digs at school.
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    Nice UofA Wildcats / Tucson

    #2134 10 months ago

    So I found this clock at the local flea market today. It’s actually neon. Unfortunately thr green outside ring does not glow. It seems the transformer is shot. Well I opened it up to see what I’m working with, and I just don’t know what to replace this with. Normally a neon transformer that’s 110v would do it, but But it has a 12v input for the clock. Could anyone tell me where I could find a replacement transformer for a cheaper clock like this?

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    #2135 10 months ago
    Quoted from Gundam_Pilot_:

    Could anyone tell me where I could find a replacement transformer for a cheaper clock like this?

    Auto parts store for fancy lighting for car accessories.

    LTG : )

    #2136 10 months ago
    Quoted from Gundam_Pilot_:

    So I found this clock at the local flea market today. It’s actually neon. Unfortunately thr green outside ring does not glow. It seems the transformer is shot. Well I opened it up to see what I’m working with, and I just don’t know what to replace this with. Normally a neon transformer that’s 110v would do it, but But it has a 12v input for the clock. Could anyone tell me where I could find a replacement transformer for a cheaper clock like this?
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    I assume it’s actually LED?

    #2137 10 months ago
    Quoted from PinJim:

    I assume it’s actually LED?

    Green tube ( that isn't lit ) is neon.

    LTG : )

    #2138 10 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Green tube ( that isn't lit ) is neon.
    LTG : )

    It helps if I slow down and read, ha. Odd though, 12V to ???V. I thought neon took very high voltage, low amperage to fire. I suppose that board could be doing that. Strange setup though.

    Edit: something like this, I guess. But cha-ching!
    https://www.wccdusa.com/neon-transformers-12-volt

    #2139 10 months ago
    Quoted from PinJim:

    It helps if I slow down and read, ha. Odd though, 12V to ???V. I thought neon took very high voltage, low amperage to fire. I suppose that board could be doing that. Strange setup though.
    Edit: something like this, I guess. But cha-ching!
    https://www.wccdusa.com/neon-transformers-12-volt

    It's just a buck booster. A coil in a car does the same thing, turns 12V to 40,000-80,000V.

    I'd simply buy a cheap clock or other 12v neon device off Ebay and gut it if you had your heart set on fixing this.

    The clock itself looks like a common China "Coke" clock, there is bunches on Ebay.

    ebay.com link: itm

    #2140 10 months ago
    Quoted from ramegoom:

    Check out this neon sign I just picked up. It's a facsimile of a vacuum tube, based on Rolling Rock beer. "33" turns out to be the quality guarantee on every can of beer, which is 33 words long. Sign is about 24 in. tall.
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    Since spotting this 5 year old post a few years ago I have been keeping an eye out for this unique bit of neon...

    I'm praying it arrives in one piece, I'll know Tuesday.

    I rarely post about anything before it actually happens but in this case I'll make an exception and hope I'm not jinxing myself.

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    #2141 10 months ago

    That’s pretty awesome looking! Fingers crossed for you! It will definitely be a great addition!

    Quoted from gdonovan:Since spotting this 5 year old post a few years ago I have been keeping an eye out for this unique bit of neon...
    I'm praying it arrives in one piece, I'll know Tuesday.
    I rarely post about anything before it actually happens but in this case I'll make an exception and hope I'm not jinxing myself.
    [quoted image]

    #2142 10 months ago
    Quoted from gdonovan:

    Since spotting this 5 year old post a few years ago I have been keeping an eye out for this unique bit of neon...
    I'm praying it arrives in one piece, I'll know Tuesday.
    I rarely post about anything before it actually happens but in this case I'll make an exception and hope I'm not jinxing myself.
    [quoted image]

    I had one of these a few years back, it's one I wish I never sold. Would go great with my McIntosh amp!

    If anyone happens to come across one, let me know!

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    #2143 10 months ago
    #2144 10 months ago

    Does anyone know what ballast I would need to replace the one in it and where I can get it. TIA

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    #2145 10 months ago
    Quoted from meSz:

    I had one of these a few years back, it's one I wish I never sold. Would go great with my McIntosh amp!
    If anyone happens to come across one, let me know!
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    Is the 33 for Larry Bird? Haha

    #2146 10 months ago
    Quoted from Tyamry:

    Does anyone know what ballast I would need to replace the one in it and where I can get it.

    Should be on the ballast front or back. If there is a neon sign shop in your area, try there for a new one. Or craigslist for a neon sign with broken tubes but good ballast.

    LTG : )

    #2147 10 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Should be on the ballast front or back. If there is a neon sign shop in your area, try there for a new one. Or craigslist for a neon sign with broken tubes but good ballast.
    LTG : )

    ebay.com link: itm

    I have had good luck with these off Ebay, they have sold 1000s.

    Watch videos on Youtube on getting the rubber boots off the glass, VERY easy to break if you are not patient.

    #2148 10 months ago

    It’s very cool but $400 is stupid expensive for that Rolling Rock neon.

    #2149 10 months ago

    They won’t ship it! It’s also on sale for $100 off!

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    #2150 10 months ago
    Quoted from Zartan:

    They won’t ship it! It’s also on sale for $100 off!
    [quoted image]

    I paid $100 for mine. Shipped.

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