LED vs. Neon Signs

We compare the positives and negatives of each option to inform you which will suit you best!

Having used both LED Neon & Traditional Argon Neon extensively in the past, we’re here to let our experience tell you which option is best for which situation.

Whether you’re looking to invest in a new artwork for the home or bedroom, looking to spice up your next tradeshow or pop-up event or even just want some eye-catching signage for your office or shop - we’re here to compare the options.

Below we begin a robust comparison between the two most popular signage options in the industry right now. We will compare the following key aspects you will be looking for in your sign: Power Consumption, Safety, Affordability, Brightness, Installation & Maintenance, Lifespan, and Usability.

Some tell-tale signs of traditional neon signs are the black cables and housings visible behind the sign.


LED Neon

Traditional Neon

Best option

Power Consumption

12V into 240V transformer.

Safer to work with. Uses very little electricity. About the same as standard household light bulb often consuming under 65 watts. (Cheaper to buy and run, plus you'll be saving the planet using less power).

610 watts & 400 watts for Fluorescent and Neon glass, respectively.

Almost 10 times the power consumption for a very similar lighting effect.



Uses the Rad Super Mini SMD2845 LED which contains lots of little high quality LEDs. The use of LEDs in a PVC tube makes them very robust and tough to break.

No noise & mild warmth to touch after continuous hours/days of use. Shock proof also.

Uses Argon or Neon Gas. Fragile and easily shattered if in contact with which will leave mercury and particles of shattered glass everywhere.

Makes a buzzing sound and is very hot to touch.



LED Flex Neon is a much more affordable modern technology, that does not require special glass bending and other manufacturing techniques.

Typically LED Neon signs only cost 1/3 - 1/2 the price of a traditional neon sign.

Traditional neon signs require glass bending and other manufacturing techniques known by few and mastered by fewer - making this stunning method of the past a very expensive option



Our LED Neon averages 218 lumens (6% brighter). Some colours are brighter than others.

We often recommend dimmer remotes for some uses, but for store fronts and businesses, the brighter the better.

Traditional neon average 197 lumens.

Dimming traditional signs is often problematic, and it is a complicated process if you did want to turn it down.


Installation & Maintenance

Our LED Neon signs are simply hung like a painting and plugged in to illuminate. We supply either a Hanging Kit or a Mounting Kit.

No maintenance required besides the occasion dust with a feather duster. Substantially lower running costs.

Traditional Neon sign require an electrician to install, which adds to the cost of the sign.

They also require a trained professional to attend to any maintenance issues, which often incurs further costs.



Can last for up to 40,000 hours, or just over 4 years.

In that time the cost in power usage would be so low that when you do replace the LED sign you’ll only be paying what would have been spent powering a traditional neon sign.

Can last for up to 60,000 hours, or just over 6 years.

Longer lasting, but also more expensive to buy & run. You could replace your LED sign with a brand new one at a lesser cost than the big power bill tradition incurs.



Lightweight and not fragile, take all around the world by simply placing in your luggage. Great for tradeshows, food trucks and pop-up events.

Gain extra control with a dimmer remote changing the ambience of a space as your please.

Traditional Neon cannot often be shipped and would risk easily being shattered.

Moving the sign is only recommended by a trained professional. Dimming the sign or installing a dimmer is also a job for an electrician.


LED Neon is much like the Tesla of the automotive industry. It’s slowly replacing the antiquated combustion engine of the past - as technology evolves so do signage products - and our Rad Super Mini LED Neon is the best we’ve come across!

Much like people collect LP records, traditional neon will be treated the same. A rare artform appreciated as a valuable good - but no longer the best fit for signage, whether that is in your home, business or on the side of your building. This comparison is true in more ways than one.

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I was dealing with Tom and he was super helpful and fast getting back to me. I love how you can do a mock up of your design on their website and get a quote. My website quote was spot on for what I actually paid. Got contacted by their design team quickly and our sign arrived well within the time frame they said it would. And it’s even better than what’s we thought it would be! Well priced, good service and great product!!

Abigail Jenkins

a month ago

The Radikal Neon team are just the best! Tom dealt with a lot of back and forth from me about getting the sign absolutely perfect, he always had patience and time for me after many many changes. The sign came and it's everything I could've ever dreamed of, the workman ship is amazing and seeing the concept come to life in exactly the way I had imagined it is simply amazing. Thanks team!

Liv Kerr

a month ago

My partner Chloe and I ordered a custom neon for our wedding & absolutely love it! Tom was fantastic to deal with, very happy with the final result. Thanks again, Tom. Can’t wait to unleash it in March! 👏

Anthony Krieger

6 months ago