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Neon Sign Tube Replacement: Is It Worth the Investment?

May 24, 2023 | Neon Signs

Neon sign tubes are components that commonly fail. These tubes may sustain damage from storms or vandals or degrade over time, causing gas leakage. If your lighting fixtures fail, you might wonder whether it’s worth replacing the tube. You could also decide to replace an older neon sign tube with a modern, energy-efficient LED tube. We break down the costs so you can determine the best option for your business.

Understanding the Cost of Neon Sign Tube Replacement

Neon sign tube replacement typically costs between $200 and $400. For large or complex signs, you might spend around $1,000 to replace the tubes. Understanding the factors that influence this price can help you decide whether replacing the tubes in your neon signs is the right option for your business.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Neon Sign Tube Replacement

The following factors can affect the cost of your neon sign tube replacement:

  • The nature of the repair (professional or DIY).
  • The type of replacement tube (traditional LED neon).
  • The size of the replacement tube.
  • The complexity of the design.

DIY Neon Sign Tube Replacement vs. Professional Neon Sign Tube Replacement: Which Is More Cost-Effective?

Hiring a professional to replace your neon sign tube is more expensive than replacing the tube yourself, as you’re paying for the materials and labor. However, depending on your knowledge and experience working with neon signs, hiring a professional can be more cost-effective.

Professionals can quickly diagnose your problem and fix neon signs. They are also likely to replace the tube more quickly and safely than you could. If electrical accidents occur, you might find yourself facing hefty medical bills and productivity loss. Professionals can also assess your tubes and suggest whether your neon signs can be repaired. Repairing minor damage may be more cost-effective than replacing the tube entirely. If you try to replace the neon sign tube yourself, you might miss an opportunity to save money.

The Benefits of Investing in Neon Sign Tube Replacement

These are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy if you invest in replacement neon sign tubes for your business:

Improving the Aesthetic Appeal of Your Business

We’ve all seen neon signs with failed tubes that don’t light up along with the rest of the design. These failed electrical lights create an incomplete picture that makes the business appear less professional. It can also impact a company’s ability to communicate with customers, especially if the tubes display the business’s name or contact details. Simply replacing these tubes can improve the business’s aesthetic appeal and marketing potential, particularly at night when these failed tubes are more noticeable.

Attracting More Customers and Increasing Foot Traffic

When storefronts are more aesthetically appealing, they seem more inviting and welcoming. Reliable and attractive commercial lighting is an excellent way to improve a company’s curb appeal. Fully illuminated signs draw the eye and encourage people to take a closer look at the business. Replacing your sign’s neon tubes is an easy way to enhance the appearance of your business and attract more customers. Increasing your foot traffic by attracting passers-by is likely to increase your sales and profits.

Maximizing the Lifespan of Your Neon Sign

Replacing neon tubes is an excellent way to maximize your neon sign’s life span. If your sign is structurally sound, simply replacing the tubing can enable it to work reliably for several more years. You can also increase your sign’s life span by replacing traditional neon tubes with LED tubes, which last around three times longer.

Cost Savings in the Long Run

Replacing traditional neon tubes with new LED tubes can save you money over time. As they require less voltage, LED neon signs cost roughly 20% less to operate than comparable traditional neon signs. LED neon signs also need less maintenance, so you’ll save in service fees over the life of your sign.

Choose Bakers’ Signs for Your Neon Sign Replacement Services

When you need neon tubes and other components replaced in your neon signs, trust Bakers’ Signs. Based just outside Houston, we’ve proudly served customers throughout the state of Texas for more than three decades. Our experience and professionalism make us the natural choice for all your neon sign replacement needs. Contact us toll-free at 800-341-9158 to request a quote for our neon sign services.

By Matt Baker

By Matt Baker

Matt Baker, oldest son of company founder Roberta Baker, has literally grown up in the sign business. It comes as no surprise that he has taken the company his mother created to new heights.