Neon Signage

Neon lights have been beacons of industry and modernity since they were introduced, en masse, in the early 20th century. One hundred years later, though, their method of production can still be painstakingly artisanal.

Neon lights are made by filling hollow glass tubes with rarefied neon or other gases, depending on the desired final color of the light.  By putting electrodes at either end of the tube and pumping electricity into it, various gases emit different colored lights: neon (red-orange), helium (white), or argon (lavender-blue), for example, with hues further modified by any tinting on the glass itself

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