Street cars are automobiles that are purchased from a dealer, then modified and customized to their owners’ specific desires. Some street cars are used for racing, while others are driven strictly for show. Whatever an owner does with a street car, they truly are works of automotive beauty.
When discussing neon signage in America the Las Vegas Strip(or “The Strip” as it is often called) and New Yok City’s Times Square are the logical starting points. It is easy to see how they earned their titles. Both receive millions of visitors each year who view neon displays that are almost blinding. Las Vegas may have an edge over Times Square because it receives many more visitors because of its casinos who provide the city’s LED neon display. In comparison Times Square signs are subject to more frequent changes due to the fact that businesses in that city change often while Las Vegas has casinos that are the mainstay of the city’s revenues and the casinos are always in business.
The most common sign is the four-letter word, “OPEN” this sign tells the customer to come in, look around, and buy something. The next sign is “CLOSED” unfortunately this does not invite you back, the best way to appeal to the customer is to say, “CLOSED,” “Please Return during Business Hours.” Not only do signs say open or closed, they tell the customer what they might find in the store, such as shoes, furniture or cold beer. There are a myriad of amazing discoveries we are lead to by signs!
The only fancy thing the neon signage is capable of is flashing. In order to make an animated one, one will have to build a big neon canvass as there is a need to create a series of action scenes in order to get the desired animated effect. On the other hand, LED signs can be easily programmed to offer various animations and within their single units.
Sandi, the Bombshell, became the runner-up and we became fast friends, because at that point, The Commodore’s management closed down the contest and picked the two of us to go on Tour with the group.
Neon signs have one main advantage and that is initial cost of ownership. When you go out to price a neon sign you will find out that they are much less expensive than an LED display of the same size. Neon signs offer a traditional or “retro” look for a business. They are also very customizable. With other 150 shades of color you can get one done in your logo design, or in the shape of most anything you can dream up. This gives a business owner a great deal of flexibility in the beginning when the sign is designed.
If you take a look at the big picture it really isn’t that hard to figure out. Neon was cool back in the day but if you are a business that is trying to appeal to today’s customers you need a sign that is current, a sign that is dynamic, and a sign that won’t kill you when it comes to power consumption. The only real choice for a great display is LED.