Plug and power options for our LED neon signs

Plug & Power Options for LED Neon Signs

At Voodoo Neon, we offer a wide range of signs, lights, lamps, and wall art that typically plug into a power socket, providing a modern and high-quality lighting solution with low energy consumption and remarkable brightness. Our LED neon signs are versatile and stylish, suitable for various applications such as events, weddings, business signage, and home decoration, available in both traditional glass tube neon signs and newer LED neon signs that use milliamps (mA) as the symbol for measuring current.

When selecting the right power plug for your LED neon sign, it's essential to consider factors like voltage, amps, and ohms to ensure compatibility with your power supply, whether you're using US power, EU power, AU power, or UK power. In this article, we'll guide you through understanding the power requirements for your LED neon sign and provide tips for choosing the perfect plug and installing it safely.

Understanding LED Neon Sign Power Requirements

When selecting an LED neon sign, it's crucial to understand the power requirements to ensure compatibility with your power supply and safe operation. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Voltage: LED neon signs typically require a voltage between 12 to 24 volts, which is compatible with standard low-voltage power supplies. The specific voltage requirements depend on factors such as the design, length, and configuration of the sign.
  • Power Consumption : LED neon signs are highly energy-efficient, consuming only 1.2 watts per foot, making them approximately 15 times more efficient than traditional neon signs. A typical LED neon sign consumes 150 watts of power, while fluorescent signs consume 610 watts and traditional neon signs consume 400 watts.
  • Lifespan: LED neon signs have a longer lifespan compared to traditional neon signs, with an average lifetime of over 100,000 hours. This equates to over 11 years, even if left on for 24 hours a day.

Sign Type

LED Neon Flex:

  • Power Consumption (per foot): 1.2 watts
  • Lifespan (hours): 100,000+

Traditional Glass / Gas Neon:

  • Power Consumption (per foot): 18 watts
  • Lifespan (hours): 10,000-25,000

Fluorescent:

  • Power Consumption (per foot): 4.8 watts
  • Lifespan (hours): 20,000-30,000

Voodoo Neon's LED Neon offers a durable and robust linear lighting solution that avoids the downsides of glass neon tubes while improving on its visual appeal. Our LED Neon signs are:

  • Shatterproof and safer to install or transport compared to glass neon signs
  • Available in a range of sizes from 8mm to 10mm tubing
  • Highly flexible material that can be bent into almost any logo, lettering, curve, or shape
  • Available in 24 colors, with 8 white options that change color when the sign is switched on
  • RGB color-changing signs are available with a remote for color customization and dynamic modes
  • Dynamic neon signs which are programmable and allow for multiple colors within the LED neon flex tubing, offering more vibrant colors and motion, than ever before

How to Choose the Right Power Plug for Your LED Neon Sign

When selecting the right power plug for your LED neon sign, consider the voltage requirements determined by the sign type, size, and number of lights. Look for reputable manufacturers with experience in creating power plugs specifically designed for LED neon signs.

Here are some key factors to keep in mind:

  • Cable Length: Ensure the power cable is long enough to accommodate larger signs, as they may require a longer cable for proper installation.
  • Mounting Options: Choose a power plug that works with the mounting option you have chosen for your situation, such as wall mount, ceiling mount, or free-standing, to suit your specific installation needs.  In some of these cases extension lines might be needed to power the sign.
  • LED Type: Consider the type of LED used in your neon sign:
    • RGB LED: This option allows for color-changing effects using red, green, and blue diodes within a single LED chip. Users can adjust the intensity of each diode to achieve a wide range of colors.
    • Dynamic LED: This option also enables color-changing effects but utilizes a 'driver chip' attached to the LED chip, allowing for independent control of each LED. This results in more intricate patterns and designs.

Some popular power plug options for LED neon signs include:

  • Neon Power Supply DC Power Adapter: A 12V 5A 60W UL-certified LED power adapter transformer designed for neon signs and LED house number lights. It comes with a US standard plug.
  • Power Adapter for LED Neon Sign: This product, priced at $12.99, features 5mm acrylic, LED Neon Flex, an input voltage of 100~240V AC 50/6Hz, and an adapter voltage of 12V 6A. It has a lifetime of 50,000 hours and is suitable for indoor use only.

Plug Options for LED Neon Signs

Below are images of the 4 main types of plugs that we offer with our LED neon signs - USA Standard is our baseline - if you require a different plug, when ordering or requesting a quote, please inform our staff if you wish to have a different plug option that USA standard plug.

United States of America (USA) Standard Plug

United Kingdom (UK) Standard Plug

European (EU) Standard Plug

Australia (AU) Standard Plug

Power Connection & Installation Tips for LED Neon Signs

Installing an LED neon sign is a straightforward process that can be accomplished using various methods, such as wall mounting with screws, hanging or suspending with wires, using a table stand, or attaching to a surface with a 3M strip. Each installation method has its own set of instructions, which are detailed in the manufacturer's documentation. The installation process typically involves the following steps:

  • Determine the mounting location: Choose a suitable spot for your LED neon sign, considering factors like visibility, aesthetics, and accessibility to an electrical outlet.
  • Prepare the mounting surface: Ensure the surface is clean, dry, and smooth before installation. For indoor installations, use appropriate screws and anchors for the wall type.
  • Measure and mark the mounting points: Use a measuring tape and pencil to mark the mounting points accurately, ensuring the sign will be level.
  • Install the mounting hardware: Depending on the installation method, you may need to drill pilot holes, install wall anchors, or attach mounting brackets or clips securely.
  • Connect the power supply: Carefully connect the LED neon sign to the power source, following the manufacturer's instructions. Voodoo Neon signs include a 5ft transparent cord that plugs into a US AC adapter (or supplied regional adaptor for your country), which has an additional 3-6ft of black cable that plugs into the socket.
  • Test the sign: Before finalizing the installation, test the LED neon sign to ensure it lights up correctly and that the dimmer (if included) functions as expected.
  • Secure and conceal the wires: For a cleaner look, conceal the wires using cable clips or adhesive channels, or if you have capacity then you can hire the wires in the plasterboard wall.

Safety measures are crucial when installing an LED neon sign. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and ensure that the power plug is installed correctly and securely. Voodoo Neon offers detailed documentation and video demos on our YouTube channel for wall mounting and LED neon sign hanging kits. If you encounter any issues or have questions during the installation process, don't hesitate to reach out to Voodoo Neon's customer service team for assistance.

Voodoo Neon signs are mounted on a clear, acrylic backboard by default. They offer several backing options, including cut to shape, rectangle and cut to letter. A free remote & dimmer will be added to your order at checkout.  Voodoo Neon also offers UV printing which is most beneficial for businesses who have a complex, multi-color logo – UV-print the backboard to the exact logo detail, and then overlay LED neon flex over the top to highlight or accent the key features – UV-print will add a sharp, vibrant colored image or text on the backboard of your sign – UV-printing can be requested with a custom neon sign order.

Conclusion

Voodoo Neon offers a wide range of ready-made, pre-designed and high-quality LED neon signs that provide a modern and energy-efficient lighting solution for various applications. By understanding the power requirements, such as voltage and power consumption, and considering factors like cable length, mounting options, and LED type, you can choose the perfect power plug for your LED neon sign. With proper installation and safety measures, you can enjoy the stunning visual appeal and durability of Voodoo Neon's LED signs for years to come.

Whether you opt for a traditional acrylic backboard or the innovative letter-cut neon option, Voodoo Neon provides the necessary tools and support to ensure a seamless installation process. With our commitment to customer satisfaction and a wide array of customization options, Voodoo Neon is your go-to source for creating eye-catching and long-lasting LED neon signs that elevate any space.

FAQs

How do LED neon signs get their lighting power?

LED neon signs are powered by electricity that is passed through a  flexible strip of plastic containing LED lights, often called LED neon flex. Unlike traditional neon signs, LED neon signs use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to produce a similar vibrant glow but with less heat generation.

What kind of power supply is used for LED neon signs?

Our LED neon signs can operate using our power supply, plugged into a regular power socket.  The power supply is actually a step-down power supply, which limits the output from the power point to 12v or 24v - depending on the size of the sign.  When using AC power, the signs typically run on 120 volts and require an external transformer to step down the voltage (we supply this with all of our LED neon signs) to a safer level, usually around 12 volts, for operation.

Is it necessary to plug in LED neon signs?

Yes, most LED neon signs need to be plugged into a power socket to function. However, for smaller signs, lights, and lamps, there are battery pack options available that can be used if a plug-in option is not convenient.

Do LED neon signs consume a significant amount of electricity?

No, LED neon signs are quite energy-efficient. They are about 80% more efficient than traditional neon signs. For instance, a typical LED neon sign might use around 150 watts of power, whereas traditional fluorescent and neon glass signs might use 610 watts and 400 watts, respectively, for a similar lighting effect. This means LED neon signs have a much lower power consumption.

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Chris Diprose - Author, Interior Designer and Neon Sign Consultant

Chris is our subject matter expert whose vast experience in helping business owners and individuals with a neon sign designed specifically for them.

With over 20 years experience in online he has worked with many businesses.

Founder of Voodoo Neon, Chris is our resident expert.

He also helped setup Neon By Design.