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Neon

In the beginning, there was neon: neon is the illuminant which made the global breakthrough of illuminated signage possible. Today, Westiform is still proud of its in-house neon glassblowing facility which bends neon tubes for applications in art and shapes them to create illuminated signage elements.

Fluorescent tubes, known colloquially as neon, can easily be adapted to your individual requirements. It is important that we know your requirements precisely. Please contact us and allow our qualified experts to advise you.

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Neon has the following advantages:
  • Individually formable: glassblowers form the glass tubes into virtually any shape
  • Adaptable tube length and electrode layout: glassblowers tailor the tubes according to their use
  • Adaptable light flux: depending on the transformer output, the luminous flux can be adapted to the conditions of use
  • Long service life: 20 -25,000 hrs. Depending on the fluorescent colour used, 50% loss of luminous flux of 10 – 15,000 hrs 
  • Switchable: fluorescent tubes with cold cathodes do not wear as the result of switching
  • Dimmable: 5 - 100 %, after 100 hrs of burning-in time
  • Wide colour range: a large selection of luminous substances allows your corporate design colours to appear in the right light. With coloured filter glass, open neon systems appear in the right colour, even when switched off.
With neon, the following points must be taken into account:
  • Marked drop in light in low temperatures: at minus 10°C, the light flux amounts to only 40% of the nominal output- Starting difficulties in low temperatures: lamps do not light easily
  • Sensitive to shock and vibration: careful handling is required during installation and transportation, risk of breakage
  • Disposal only via the lamp manufacturer: fluorescent tubes contain up to 50 mg of mercury
Where is neon used?
Neon is still used in a wide range of fields of application. We use neon particularly in the fields of architecture and art. Wherever high aesthetic standards are required and the medium of light needs to be employed, neon is frequently the best solution.

Open contour lighting, i.e. contour lighting which is not enclosed in a light box, and neon signs are an additional field of use. However, medium to large illuminated lettering is still illuminated with neon, depending on the requirement profile.

When it comes to the range of colours, neon still has the cutting edge compared with LED. The individual formability, adaptation of the tube length and of the luminous flux also represent unrivalled advantages compared with fluorescent lamps.

How does neon work?
The fluorescent tube, known colloquially as neon, is a low-pressure discharge lamp which works with mercury steam. The mercury atoms stimulated in an inert gas filling, emit ultraviolet radiation. The invisible UV-light is converted into visible light by luminous substances inside the tube (fluorescence).

Depending on the composition of these fluorescent substances, cold white light (> 5300 K), neutral white (3300 - 5300 K) and warm white light (< 3300 K) can be generated with good to very good colour rendering. There are many other luminous substances which generate coloured light. We thus have a wide range of colours at our disposal, enabling us to illuminate your corporate colour in the best possible way.