September 04, 2023
What Are Flexible Neon Signs?
Neon signs, reimagined with silicone rather than the traditional glass tubes filled with volatile gases, represent a contemporary shift in lighting technology. Unlike the outdated and potentially hazardous gas-filled methods, our silicone or PVC based neon signs offer a safer, more versatile, and energy-efficient solution. These signs harness the power of modern LED technology to deliver vibrant and customisable illumination, making them perfect for a wide array of applications, from signage to decorative lighting. They are suitable for outdoor advertisements and can also be used to decorate homes, offices, restaurants, and more.
How Do Flexible Neon Signs Work?
Colours of Flexible Neon Signs
Our Flexible Neon colour range includes Emerald Green, Fire Truck Red, Hot Pink, Rose Pink, Light Pink, Icy Blue, Mars Green, Warm White 3000K, Neutral White 4000K, Pure White 6000K, Pixel, RGB, Royal Blue, Sun Yellow, and Tangerine Orange.
What Are Flexible Neon Signs?
Flexible Neon signs are an affordable alternative to traditional, costly neon signage. They are made using PVC or silicone-wrapped flexible linear SMD LED strips, known as Flexible Neon lights. These Flexible Neon is safer, more durable, and more cost-effective than traditional neon signs. Therefore, Flexible Neon lights are an excellent choice for creating DIY Flexible Neon signs.
How to Make Your Own Flexible Neon Sign
You can create your own Flexible Neon sign without professional assistance. It's a fun and creative project that you can accomplish with a few pieces of equipment and following some straightforward steps. Here's how you can design and craft your own Flexible Neon sign:
What Do You Need to Make a Flexible Neon Sign?
Before you embark on creating your Flexible Neon sign, gather the necessary materials and tools. Here's a list of what you'll need:
With these materials at hand, you're ready to bring your DIY Flexible Neon sign to life. Follow the subsequent steps to craft your personalised Flexible Neon sign.
Designing and Crafting Your DIY LED Neon Sign:
Follow along with our how-to video with one of our talented Flexible Neon team member on YOUTUBE
Now that you have gathered all the necessary materials, follow these detailed steps to create your personalised Flexible Neon sign:
Step 1: Design Your Sign
1.1. Begin by sketching your desired design for the Flexible Neon sign on a piece of paper. This will serve as your blueprint.
1.2. Pay close attention to the size and shape of your sign, as this will determine the length of Flexible Neon required.
Step 2: Prepare Your Mounting Surface
2.1. Choose a suitable surface to mount your Flexible Neon sign. It could be a wall, a wooden board, or any other flat surface.
2.2. If needed, paint or decorate the surface to enhance the visual appeal of your sign.
2.3. Spray paint your Flexible Channel to the colour of the surface.
Step 3: Secure the Flexible Mounting Channel
3.1. Attach the flexible mounting channel to your prepared surface. Use screws to secure it firmly in place.
3.2. Ensure that the mounting channel follows the shape and dimensions of your sign design.
Step 4: Measure and Cut the Flexible Neon
4.1. Measure the length of LED neon flex lights required for your design, following the outline of your sketch.
4.2. Use cutters suitable for Flexible Neon to trim the LED neon flex lights to the precise length needed.
Step 5: Wiring and Connection (please see our wiring guide for further details)
5.1. Examine the Flexible Neon lights and identify the input and output ends.
5.2. Using appropriate wires and a soldering iron, connect the input end of the Flexible Neon to the power source. Be sure to connect the right polarities, and to follow the manufacturer's instructions for wiring.
5.3. Secure the wires and connections to prevent any loose or exposed components. We recommend using silicone glue and end caps to protect the LED's.
5.4. Test the connection to ensure the Flexible Neon lights illuminate correctly.
Step 6: Install the Flexible Neon
6.1. Carefully insert the Flexible Neon into the flexible mounting channel, following the shape of your design.
6.2. Secure the Flexible Neon in place within the channel, ensuring they remain evenly spaced and aligned. Some silicone glue may be used for extra adhesion.
Step 7: Final Touches
7.1. Inspect the Flexible Neon for any loose components, exposed wires, or irregularities.
7.2. If necessary, use a hot glue gun to secure any loose parts and ensure a tidy appearance.
7.3. Make any final adjustments to the positioning of the Flexible Neon.
Step 8: Power Up Your DIY LED Neon Sign
8.1. Connect the Meanwell LED Driver to the Flexible Neon sign.
8.2. Turn on the power and enjoy the vibrant glow of your personalised Flexible Neon sign.
Tips and Precautions:
Safety First: When working with electrical components, prioritise safety. Ensure the power source is disconnected while making connections, and only turn it on once everything is securely in place.
Precision Matters: Measure and cut the Flexible Neon accurately to match your design. Precise cutting will ensure a professional-looking finished product.
Proper Wiring: Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for wiring and connections to prevent any electrical issues or damage to the Flexible Neon.
Securely Mount: Ensure the flexible mounting channel is firmly attached to the chosen surface to support the weight of the Flexible Neon.
Test Before Finalising: Before securing all components permanently, test the Flexible Neon sign to confirm that it functions correctly.
Creative Freedom: Don't hesitate to experiment with different colours and designs to achieve your desired aesthetic.
Creating your DIY Flexible Neon sign can be a rewarding and visually striking project. With attention to detail and safety precautions, you can craft a personalised piece of illuminated art to enhance your space or promote your message. Enjoy the vibrant glow of your unique creation!