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A guide to custom LED neon signs for the home

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Neon-style signs are enjoying a resurgence in modern interior design. This is all down to a more efficient and environmentally-friendly material: LED neon. Traditional neon signs were typically hand-crafted into specific designs using glass tubes filled with gas. LED neon, on the other hand, are just as customisable but are quieter, safer, cheaper and much more cost-effective than traditional neon.

You can now design and purchase custom neon signs and wall art for a wide variety of applications, including in the home. Maybe you have just bought your first place and want to add a touch of personality to your home office or kitchen? Perhaps your teenager wants to reflect their growing personality with some fun but safe neon wall art? If this sounds like you, a custom LED neon sign is exactly what you need.

In this guide, we’ll explain why you need a custom LED neon wall piece in your home, and outline some of the key factors to consider when planning a custom sign.

Why should I have a custom LED neon sign in my home?

A custom neon light is eye-catching and quickly become the focal point of any space. A one-of-a-kind design created by yourself promises a home decoration like no other and expresses your personality better than most furniture ever could. Bespoke LED neon signs can be used for a wide variety of purposes, some of which we discuss in more detail below.

Excellent statement piece

Turning on a bright and colourful LED neon light creates the feeling of being at a party in an instant. It will invite conversation and provide an excellent background for group photos to remind you of good times with friends and family.

Incredibly safe

While traditional glass neon signs look very retro, they are not a safe option in the home, particularly if there are children around. The glass tubes can easily break and release the gases within them. Fortunately, this is where a custom LED neon sign steps up. They are more durable and much safer, and also operate on a much lower voltage than traditional neon, providing cost-saving and energy-efficiency benefits.

Long lifespan

LED neon signs have a lifespan of around 30,000 hours, which is three times more than a traditional neon sign. This makes it a much more cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative.

Completely customisable

It’s so easy to make the perfect sign for your home with LED neon. With a huge range of size options, fonts and colours, as well as your choice of backing shape, LED type and dimmer controller, you can design a light that suits your exact specifications.

Easy installation

No one wants to be stressing for hours about fitting a sign to the wall or having to pay for someone to come and install it. A custom LED neon sign from Neon Vibes has a clear installation guide and is super simple for even a DIY novice to put up.

Low maintenance

A custom LED neon sign will require very little maintenance over its lifetime. A quick dust-over once in a while and that’s about all it needs.

Control and operation

LEDs are an innovative kind of lighting technology in that they can be controlled to alter the brightness or make the lights flash. With colour-changing LEDs, a controller will give you access to the full spectrum of colour at just the push of a button. Chase effect LEDs are animated with pre-set programs that you can experiment with using a controller.

Design and colour options

This is where you can have some serious fun. With a huge range of single-colour options ranging from white to red as well as colour-changing LEDs, custom LED neon signs can be made exactly to your specifications. Not only that, but they come with a range of backings to choose from. Let’s have a look at some ideas.

Living room

Yellow or a warm white can create a calming atmosphere, which is excellent for an evening spent cuddled up on the sofa in the living room. A LED neon sign featuring an uplifting word or phrase will brighten your mood on a gloomy morning and provide a daily reminder to stay positive.

Bathroom

Bathrooms can be transformed into a calm and peaceful sanctuary with simple neon lights that say 'Shhh' or 'Just breathe' in white or blue.

Bedroom

Bedrooms are one of the most popular locations for custom LED neon signs in the home because there are so many creative design options for this space. Depending on your preference and style, you can opt for a word or phrase about sleep and relaxation in an orange sans serif font, or something more romantic in a pink or red script font.

Home office

Green is an ideal colour for offices and working spaces as it represents balance and can boost creativity. Why not have a custom LED logo for your brand, or an inspirational quote that keeps you focused and driven? It will certainly give people something to comment on during your video call meetings!

What to consider when planning a custom LED neon sign for your home

You’ve probably already got a solid idea of the text, colour and font you want your LED neon sign to feature. With those details in mind, think about how your design will determine the dimensions of your sign—a very wide sign could overwhelm a small room, whereas a narrow sign could easily be lost in a more grand space.

Additionally, the intended location of your sign should also be an important consideration. This will not only impact how power will be delivered to the sign, but also whether your design needs additional protection against moisture. If your sign is intended for your bathroom, for example, it will need additional sealing on its electrical joints to make it safe and splashproof.

You also need to consider which type of backing would be the most appropriate for your sign. At Neon Vibes, we offer three choices of backing: full board (a square or rectangular backing around 6-8cm bigger than the design); cut to shape (the backing follows the contour of the design with a 3-4cm outline); and cut to letter (the backing follows the contour of the design very closely with a 1-1.5cm outline).

Custom LED neon signs from Neon Vibes

Whether you have a complete idea of what you want your custom LED neon sign to look like or are totally stumped, Neon Vibes are here to help. Our easy-to-use configuration tool allows you to visualise different fonts, colours and sizes against several backgrounds so you can picture what your LED light would look like in different settings.

Are you a home-based freelancer or run a remote business and want a custom logo for your office? Simply upload your design idea and tell us how you want to bring it to life, then we’ll organise a free visual and price estimate as soon as possible.

It really is that straightforward!