Glass Neon Vs. Flex Neon: Which is better?

We here at NeonSignly.com provide both glass neon tubing signs and LED flex neon tubing signs. It can be confusing to know the difference and to know which option is best for you.

 

5 Top Things To Consider With Glass Neon Vs. Flex Neon

Details

For simple word signs or signs that do not require a lot of graphic detail, we suggest flex neon. The advances with flex neon make it a good choice for these types of signs because it looks very similar to neon glass tubing but is more durable.

For more detailed logo or graphic signs, we suggest neon glass tubing. Glass tubing is heated and molded by hand, which makes it possible to achieve more intricate details and different sized tubing.

Light Source

Glass neon tubing uses gas fluorescent for the light. Flex neon has solid-state semiconductors which uses at least 5x less energy vs. glass neon.

Longevity of the tubes

The average life expectancy of a glass neon tubing is 15,000 hours where LED flex tubing is about 30,000 hours.

Durability

While glass neon tubing has a stunning, softer look it is also very fragile. It is highly likely to break if you drop it or bump into it too hard being that the tubes are made of glass. Flex neon is constructed using Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is much more durable and not as fragile as glass.

Price

The price of the sign is heavily dependent on complexity, size, how many colors and back options. Glass tubing signs are more expensive than flex due to cost of material and because they take longer to make. On average, neon glass tubing signs may cost $100 to $250 more depending on size and complexity.

Look & Brightness

A glass neon sign has a more vibrant, warm and softer look. LED flex neon signs have a brighter look.