Shelby Snake Circle Neon Sign

Shelby Snake Circle Neon Sign
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Retail Price: $495.00

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Product Code: Z98-5SHLBK-SIGN

Shelby Snake Circle Neon Sign

Light up your favorite room the Shelby way! This piece of Americana reflects Shelby Americanís roots in Las Vegas with retro style! A must for any enthusiast, it will quickly become a major conversation piece at every party.

No assembly required, just hang it up and plug it in! These neon signs have a warm mesmerizing glow, and are powered by industrial strength transformers, which operate silently and more efficiently than incandescent bulbs. For the collector who wants the best neon money can buy!

  • Shelby Snake Logo
  • Multicolor Neon
  • Diameter : 24"
  • Hand-blown Neon Tubing

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Neon signs are made the same way since the invention of neon lighting in 1903. Each sign takes about 2 man days to make and each neon sign is made up of between 5 and 12 hand blown neon tubes.

All neon tubes start out as 4 foot straight raw tubes of glass. Some tubes have colored glass. When they are turned off, they appear similar to colorful stained glass murals in a church. The stained glass colored tubes are very expensive and are hand drawn even to make the raw tubes. The other primary type of tube is white when turned off. These tubes have a phosphorus coating inside which turns argon gas to yellow, green, purple, white etc. Electricity excites the gas which then lights the phosphorus coating. The phosphorus coatings have different formulations generating different colors, so with handmade welds, a single tube can have many colors, so with handmade welds, a single tube can have many colors when lit. For example, multi-colored neon sculptures are all one single tube, yet they may consist of different phosphorus sticks welded together and then bent over a long torch by hand. Every single tube is welded and then bent by hand over a ribbon burner. Once the tubes are hand bent to the desired shape, the tubes are filled with either an argon/mercury mix or pure neon gas.

For the last step, electrodes are welded on the ends of the tubes and the raw bulbs are prepared to be filled with a noble gas by being cleaned with heat and electricity (30,000 volts). This is called bombardment. They are then attached to a vacuum pump, where all the air is sucked out of the tubes. When they are completely evacuated, the rare noble gasses are added and the tube is sealed. They are then "burned in" for 24 hours on a 12,000- volt transformer. They are then arranged, connected and mounted onto a metal grid, Finally, black paint is applied to finalize the artistic appearance of the sign.

If left alone on a wall and used intermittently they can last 20-30 even 50 years with no recharge. If left on 24/7 their life expectancy is 40,000 hours or 4 years. They are best when left alone, that is why it was the lighting choice in Vegas for over 75 years. They operate best above 50 degrees Fahrenheit but can be stored down to -60 degrees Fahrenheit.

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