Neon signs are often used for businesses, buildings, and even homes. They can provide an attractive look to your surroundings; however, due to their lighting mechanism, they require a power source that must either be hardwired into the building or come with their battery pack.
Here are some steps in installing neon signs.
The first step is determining where you want your neon sign to go – it’s best to keep it away from potential sources of heat like vents or fireplaces; additionally, if you place it in front of a window or door you run the risk of having it too bright outside compared to inside.
With this information picked out you should start marking off short sections of wire on all sides so that there are at least four feet each section. After these wires are marked you should strip off about one inch of insulation from the ends and connect them to a power source such as an extension cord.
The reason for using several wires is to prevent overheating; in case one section gets too hot the next one will catch before overheating becomes an issue. After this, simply poke a hole in your wall and run the wire (or use an existing hole if possible) and then use glue and electrical tape to seal all sections together securely.
If there aren’t any windows near your location you can skip this step – however, if there are it’s best to look at how much light comes through when you put your hand over it or even close it so that lit up, light doesn’t escape. You can wrap the exposed edges in electrical tape, but if you are placing it over a window make sure it’s at least two feet above your head level to avoid hitting it.
After this is done the main difference will be that you’ll need some sort of housing for the neon lights. There are several options for this; some companies sell pre-made signs ready to install while others only provide directions on how to build one yourself with common household items like PVC piping or even cardboard boxes.
Once you have decided upon an appropriate housing structure modify it so that there is room for both the tube and the power source – you should also include many small holes around this area so that heat can escape easily. One of the best ways to do this is to take a piece of cardboard or wood that’s slightly larger than the tube and cut small circles into it.
After these are done drill several tiny holes around the edges of each one to provide an exit for heat – you should use tape or wire to hold your tubes in place. Then glue the neon tube onto the housing structure so that all wires are hidden away.
Once everything has been checked twice you should test it by plugging in your power source and flipping on the switch.
If nothing happens there may be something wrong with wiring so try checking both your connections and circuit breakers if available; if you have neon lights installed somewhere else you should also check other locations for faulty wiring as well, many times multiple places can be affected even if they are on separate breaks.
If everything appears to work properly you should use electrical tape or gaffer’s tape to fix it into place and then finish off your neon sign with a final layer or two of paint so that it looks attractive to the eye while also being secure in its housing.
There are many advantages to having a neon sign – for one, they provide bright lighting without using much power (if any at all if battery powered). Additionally, because each section of neon lights is separated by insulation there is little chance of overheating; combined with proper ventilation this can make them quite durable.
They also serve as good lighting sources outdoors when placed above doors or windows – however, due to their high levels of heat they should never be placed near flammable materials.
After you have finished assembling your neon sign you will only need to do a few more things before it’s ready for use – the first of which is testing again to make sure that there isn’t any water damage or other potential issues after transporting and installation.
Secondly, you should connect it to the power source and then check all wiring once more just in case something went wrong and was missed on previous inspections. Finally, simply turn on the switch and enjoy your new neon lighting!
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