We have served the neon needs of Austin businesses since 1992.
We also repair most types of neon signs.
All off these displays are real, glass-tube neon. Beware of fake products ordered on the internet. They will use names like "plastic neon", "LED neon lights", "neon-flex" etc. You may wind up with a colored plastic tube with small LED or incandescent lamps inside. If you have doubts, ask the seller if the product being sold is real, glass-tube neon.
While operating on an identical principle to a mercury filled "neon" tube, CC tubes have a specific designation. In the United States a CC lamp over 15mm diameter, and running at a current over 60ma is considered Cold Cathode. It is a highly efficient, long-life light source that can be bent to any shape desired. ecause of it's large diameter, it can also operate at substantially lower voltages than standard neon. Lumen efficacy for a well-designed system is around 80-90 lumens per watt. (Compare to 11 l/w for incandescent, 20-25 l/w for white LED). Lumen maintenance is also very high, and CRI >89. LED's can provide "mood lighting" in a cove, but cold-cathode produces enough light to actually illuminate the room.
Cold Cathode provides the light output of the new high-efficiency T-8 fluorescent lamps, the custom-bent/length of neon, with the longevity only cold-cathode can offer. It is also fully dimmable down to 5 percent, with no flicker.