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Here, we explore everything you need to know about neon, from the history of the element to the modern trends in neon signage.
Neon is an element that was discovered by Sir William Ramsay and Morris M. Travers in 1898. It is the fourth most abundant element in the universe, making up 0.0018% of the Earth’s atmosphere. Neon was discovered through the study of liquefied gas and has largely been used in advertising signs since. It has also been commonly used to make high voltage indicators.
Neon is a natural element, but it needs to be obtained from the atmosphere by fractional distillation. The first step is to liquidate air. This liquid is then allowed to gradually warm. As the liquid warms, different elements will turn into gas at different temperatures, allowing the different elements to be collected. Neon turns from liquid to gas at -245.95°C and is captured at this temperature.
Neon is a rare atmospheric gas and is present around us at all times. It is non-toxic and chemically inert. It is also unreactive and forms no compounds. This makes neon one of the friendliest environmental elements there is and no ecological damage is known to be caused by this element.
In concentrated form, neon exposure can cause serious health risks. Neon in its pure form should not come into contact with skin or be inhaled. Neon signs are not at all dangerous, but you must follow some safety precautions to ensure that you are not exposed the concentrated element inside.
Neon signs have been used to light storefronts for many years, but there is a brand new trend for neon sign usage in 2017. Custom made neon signs are now common features in stylish interior design. A neon sign can really add to the appearance of a newly renovated lounge, bar, bedroom or dining area.
Custom sign designs include a range of designs and styles, with some people opting for outlines of animals and objects, while others opt for text-based signs. From the sweet ‘be happy’ and ‘welcome to our home’ signs to the provocative like ‘who dares wins’ signs, a custom sign can add personality and style to your room in an instant.