British chemists discovered neon gas in 1898. Four years later, a French engineer named Georges Claude filled and sealed a glass tube filled with the gas, creating the first neon lamp. Claude developed a process to produce industrial quantities of neon.
Neon signs are made of long, narrow glass tubes that can be bent in a variety of shapes to letters or designs. Inside the tubes, a gas such as neon or argon is kept at low pressure. Metal electrodes are attached to each end of the tube. When high voltage is applied, it begins a chemical process that causes the gas to emit light. Neon emits red light. Other gases emit other colours.
The first commercial neon sign was sold to a Paris barbershop owner in 1921, and the American neon age flickered to life in 1923 when Claude sold two large neon signs to a Packard car dealership in Los Angeles.
Neon signs soon began to dominate outdoor advertising. The vibrant displays of red lighting captivated the public and were dubbed "liquid fire."
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Unfortunately, with the recent rise of other light sources such as LED and fiber optics, neon has been under attack.
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