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Behind the Glow: How Radikal Neon Crafts Custom LED Signs

Ever caught yourself mesmerized by an LED neon sign and wondered how these glowing masterpieces come to life? Well, buckle up, because we’re about to take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of how we at Radikal Neon create our custom neon signs. Spoiler alert: every bit of the design magic happens right here in-house, with a friendly touch and expert hands.

It All Starts with an Idea

Every Radikal Neon sign begins with an idea - your idea. Whether it’s a cool logo for your business, a special piece for an event, or just something to jazz up your living space, we’re here to make it happen.

  1. Brainstorming Session: We kick things off with a chat. You can come and see us in store, or reach out to a friendly member of the team via email or one of our many chat options. Tell us what you’re thinking, share your vision, and we’ll throw around some ideas. Colors, shapes, sizes, and all the details—this is your sign, and we want it to be perfect.

  2. Free Digital Mockups: Our talented design team then gets to work on creating digital mockups of your sign. Using some fancy software, we turn your ideas into visual reality. You get to see exactly how it’ll look and tweak it until it’s just right. And did we mention this part is free? Yeah, no extra cost to perfect your vision.

Picking the Right Materials

Once the design gets your thumbs up, we move on to choosing the materials that’ll bring your sign to life.

  1. LED Flex Neon: Unlike old-school glass neon, we use LED flex neon. It’s flexible, durable, and made from top-quality PVC or silicone. It gives you that classic neon look without the fragility.

  2. Bright LEDs: Our signs glow thanks to energy-efficient, long-lasting LEDs. They come in a rainbow of colors, so your sign can be as vibrant or as subtle as you want.

  3. Solid Backing: The acrylic backing is what holds everything together. It’s sturdy and looks sleek, making sure your sign isn’t just eye-catching but also durable.

Crafting Your Sign

Here’s where our talented team of craftsmen get going.

  1. Shaping the Flex: Our artisans hand cut and bend the LED neon flex into the shape of your design. This part is all about precision - making sure every curve and line matches the digital mockup.

  2. Mounting the Flex: The shaped flex is carefully mounted onto the backing material. We use strong adhesives to keep everything in place, ensuring your sign is rock-solid.

  3. Wiring It Up: Connecting the LEDs to a power source involves some pretty detailed wiring. Our team makes sure every connection is perfect, so your sign lights up beautifully, without too many visible wires.

Testing and Quality Checks

Before your sign heads out the door, it goes through some serious testing.

  1. Lighting Check: We keep the sign lit for 24 hours to check for consistent brightness and color. If there’s any flicker or dim spot, we fix it.

  2. Durability Test: For signs going outside, we test them against weather and impacts. Your sign should be as tough as it is beautiful.

The Final Touches

Almost there! Just a few more steps before your sign is ready to shine.

  1. Clean-Up: We clean up any stray adhesive or material, making sure your sign looks flawless.

  2. Secure Radikal Packaging: Your sign is carefully packed to keep it safe during transport. We include our iconic easy-to-follow instructions so you can set it up without any hassle.

  3. Installation Made Easy: Most of our signs are super easy to install yourself. If you’re looking to hardwire your sign, we recommend getting a pro to help out.

Once that’s all done - we ship it out directly to you, easy as that.

Bringing Your Vision to Light

At Radikal Neon, we’re all about turning your neon dreams into glowing reality. From the initial idea to the final installation, we’re here to make sure your custom neon sign is perfect. So next time you see a Radikal Neon sign lighting up a space, you’ll know the heart and craftsmanship that went into it. Ready to create something amazing? Let’s light it up together!