Do LED neon signs get hot?

Do LED neon signs get hot?

Custom NeonSep 20, '21
  1. LED neon signs are cool to the touch
  2. LED neon signs have a long life expectancy
  3. Neon is not an environmentally friendly material, so LEDs are a great alternative
  4. LEDs don't need any maintenance and can be left on 24 hours a day for years without burning out
  5. The only way that an LED sign will get hot is if it has been turned off for more than 8 hours at once or if there's something wrong with the unit itself (like too much voltage)
  6. If you're worried about your sign getting too hot, consider investing in one of our models which come with built-in thermostats that shut off power when they reach unsafe temperatures

Do LED neon signs get hot? Definitely not. Neon lights are made of inert gases that don't make heat. The light is created when electricity passes through the gas, causing it to glow and produce a specific color associated with each element (i.e. neon green) but does not create heat like other forms of lighting such as incandescent or fluorescent bulbs do. So, they won't burn your hand if you touch them! 

LEDs can be used in many different ways for both indoor and outdoor signage including: building-mounted displays, wall-mounted signs, poles or pylons, channel letters and digital billboards - all without generating any heat because LEDs produce no heat at all!


Neon signs are a great way to get attention and draw people in, but do they actually generate heat? Contrary to popular belief, the answer is no. In fact, because neon lights have an extremely low power consumption rate (only around 5 watts per hour), there’s not much energy left over for generating excess heat. And if you need extra reassurance that your sign won’t be too hot or put off excessive amounts of light pollution into the night sky, just know that most cities require LED lighting on all new signage installations. So what does this mean for you? It means that it doesn't matter whether you're looking at LEDs or neon when deciding which lights will best suit your needs.