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Neon signs are a great way of capturing people’s attentions. There’s something about the light that draws people in, which is why it’s used predominantly in advertising. As you know, neon signs can be produced in many different colours, for many different features. However, there is another facet to neon signs that, although not commercialised, is beginning to capture the imagination and become something a little bit special. But, what are we talking about exactly? Well, this regards the unique and eclectic mix of UV and neon of course!
We’ve explained the main properties of neon lighting before, and why the mixes of different gases with neon exhibit different colours, but adding UV to the mix is something a little bit different. You may have already experienced the glow of UV lighting, particularly if you’ve been in nightclubs or bars. The light that makes white clothes glow on the dance floor is UV light and it’s used in many different applications, from tanning booths to police investigations, as well the natural emission from our universes’ largest star, the Sun.
UV, or Ultraviolet light, is a form of electromagnetic radiation that is named as such, simply because the light that is emitted is viewable as a dark purple colour with the human eye. Most of the light that UV lamps emit is not visible to the naked eye, as it is outside of our spectrum of colours. The reason it reacts with light or white clothing is that any source of light contains phosphors, and these phosphors convert the UV light that has been shone on them into visible light, creating something we can see.
Mixing neon with UV light creates a fantastic lighting effect that you can’t get with standard UV tubes. Not only can you get UV neon tubing that doesn’t have to come in a straight tube, you can also ensure that the light produced will turn anything near that is white or fluorescent a brilliant glowing bright colour, even in the darkest of places.
Don’t be put off by the fact that the light produced isn’t able to be used as an actual light source though. It’s important to remember that this is a means to an end, and it’s what you do with it that makes the stunning effects you just can’t get any other way. Pairing UV neon lights with fluorescent materials such as paints or vinyls can lead to the production of some amazing pieces of artwork, perfect for creating images in nightclubs and bars that will really get people talking.
If you’re after a stunning wall display for your club or bar, then why not get head of the game by looking at UV neon lights. Although there aren’t many places that this type of mixture is being implemented into signs, here at Neon Creations, we believe that we are one of the only UK based companies in the neon industry that are working with UV neon tubing.