MAKE: Blog: Neon signs, made from LEDs.
Noice. As soon as you start looking into sustainability in urban and business settings, LED lighting comes up time and time again because they use a lot less energy and last much longer – a double bonus in sustainability terms. The issue with the technology to date has been brightness, but this is fast disappearing as an issue as the geeks work out ways around it. Using LED technology as a neon replacement would be wicked – especially given the energy savings possible (70% more efficient).