The Disappearance of Iconic Neon Signs: What You Need to Know

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A neon sign is an electric light that emits light from a gas-filled glass tube. You can change the gas inside the tube or paint it with a color to make it glow in your preferred color. For a long time, neon signs have been placed in the downtown area. In recent years, however, neon signs have been decreasing in number. We surveyed neon signs with 100 people. We will present a variety of opinions on the necessity and image of neon signs.

82% knew about neon signs while only 18% did. In the 1910s, neon signs were created in France. The technology was also imported to Japan during the Taisho era.

By bending the tube of neon, you can make any shape. This allows you to create signboards that are three-dimensional with illustrations and letters. They are often found on top of buildings or in downtown shops.

There are likely to be a few people who saw neon signs, but don’t remember their names, among those who voted “I don’t know neon signs”.

Q2. Q2. What type of place do YOU think you’re in?

Q1. Q1. Do you recognize neon signs?

The “downtown character” signboard, which received 67% votes, is the strongest impression that a neon sign can give. It seems that downtown shops have been using neon signs for signboards for quite some time. Many people recognize that neon signs are a sign of downtown, and are sometimes called “neon towns”.

The second most common answer was “exterior walls in pachinko parlors etc.” The neon signs are also used a lot in this old-fashioned store.

The third was “a large advertisement tower like Glico”. It is ideal for large, striking advertisements due to its bright colors.

Q3. Q3. Did you know that neon signs are disappearing in the city?

84% of respondents don’t know that neon signs are being removed from cities, and 16% do. The majority of people don’t know that neon signs are disappearing.

The trend is changing. There are fewer companies producing neon signs and fewer glass tube craftsmen. Signboards with LEDs and other lighting are becoming more popular.

While the number of neon signs is decreasing, there are still plenty of brightly lit signs. You will find billboards and ads that glow in different colors as you stroll downtown. There may not be many people who think neon signs are less prominent.

Q4. Do you think you might need a neon sign

Neon signs are not needed by 57%, but 43% of respondents say they do.

It’s too flashy and takes a lot of power. (Kochi Prefecture/38-year-old/female). “It’s quieter, safer, and more efficient without it. (Tochigi Prefecture/34-year-old/female). Those who don’t have a good impression of neon signs should vote for “not necessary”.

Some people like the lighting of neon signs. For example, some believe that brighter lights are better at preventing crime. It could also be a tourist attraction. (Shizuoka prefecture/45-year-old/female). There are not many.


The result for neon signs was that there were more negative opinions. People believed neon signs in urban areas were unsafe.

The process of making neon signs is to use glass tubes in any shape and produce vivid colors. Although it is very easy to use for advertising, some feel the colors are too flashy or vulgar. While some people don’t like neon signs, others are drawn to the downtown image and think that they are bad taste.

Global environmental issues are also a concern. Billboards that use electricity were deemed un-eco-friendly. Many people worry about the effects of power consumption on the environment when they see neon signs in the dark of the night.

Neon tubes are not as powerful as LEDs in terms of power consumption, but they do contain a small amount of mercury. They are therefore considered to be mercury waste products and environment-loading.

Some people are positive about neon signs. Many people responded that they wanted it to stay because they loved the design and texture. There seems to be a recognition that the neon sign is an illumination source that lights up the night. The city’s atmosphere is enhanced by the presence of neon signs. Some people believe that the neon sign is a symbol of tradition and would be a loss. Many people replied that they don’t want the neon signs gone because it is difficult to find shops in dark areas at night. Practicality is another reason neon signs are useful. Because it is a landmark that points to the location you are searching for, it can be especially useful for people who don’t know the area.

There are many other ways to advertise nowadays than just neon signs. Signs using LEDs are replacing neon signs. This trend may seem counterintuitive to some.

As the trends change, neon signs will inevitably be less common. The demand for neon signs will not cease to exist. Another opinion is that neon signs shouldn’t disappear. It is believed that younger people can enjoy a retro atmosphere and older people can remember the good times. These people won’t disappear so neon signs will not disappear.

The “Border V Series” is an alternative to neon tubes. This LED neon is for borderline applications and includes LEDs and a silicon case.

It is not designed to create neon letters but it can be used to express borders that require R.

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