February 20, 2009, Newsletter Issue #155: Neon Lights

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Neon lights are glass or plastic tubes which are filled with a gas that responds to electrical current. The first commercial neon signs in the world were installed at a Packard dealership in Los Angeles in 1924.

Not all neon lights contain neon! Neon gas produces red light, while combinations of gases such as argon, helium and mercury can create up to 150 other colors.

Neon lights are primarily used for commercial purposes, including stores, bars, restaurants and theaters. A neon clock, beer sign or martini-glass sculpture can be a kitschy element in a game room, TV room or bar area of your home.

Neon art is attention-getting and frequently abstract. It makes a great focal point for a modern room.

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