How Much Does a Neon Sign Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 14, 2018

A neon sign uses an electrified tube light that contains rarefied neon and various gasses.  These types of signs are most commonly seen in city centers, such as Times Square in New York City, restaurants or even at a club.  These signs are great for advertising since the bright colors and features attract the eye and can be customized to virtually say or show anything.

The cost of a neon sign is going to depend on the size of the sign, what needs to be placed on it, the colors and the company creating it if it’s going to be customized.

Breakfast Neon Sign by Maura Teague, on Flickr
Breakfast Neon Sign” (CC BY 2.0) by  Maura Teague

How much does a neon sign cost?

On average, a pre-made neon sign that has already been manufactured can cost anywhere from $25 to as much as $500 depending on what type of sign is purchased, the dimensions and retailer.  Refer to our table below to see what you may pay for a customized neon sign.

Customized neon signs can cost anywhere from $200 to as much as $1,500.  Many neon sign manufacturers can add logos, special colors, as well as wording; basically, if you can draw it, it can be converted into a neon sign.  For instance, when researching some customized neon signs, we were quoted about $450 for a basic 18×24-inch sign.  When customizing, a company will ask how many lines you want, which size you want it to be and if you want to include any pictures.

Rare neon signs that are collectibles can commonly reach far into the $1,000 price range.

One of the most common neon signs are most often purchased by bar owners.  These signs will display the beer company’s logo or just the word “beer.”  A sign such as this one would cost anywhere from $50 to $200, but in some cases, the company may provide them for free if your company qualifies.

For example, the “Beer Mug” neon sign manufactured by Neon Signs measures 9″ x 15″ and retails for about $30 to $45.

SizeWhat's IncludedAverage Price
13"H x 32"W1 line of wording$200 to $300
32"H x 13"W (vertical)2 lines of wording$200 to $300
17"H x 30"WOval shaped with 2 lines w/ blinking capability$215 to $315
17"H x 30"W2 lines of wording plus a picture such as a lizard or ghost, for example.$250 to $350
13"H x 32"W1 line of wording$250 to $400
13"H x 32"WCustom cut around the words with a border$275 to $500
24"H x 31"W3 lines with a border$315 to $550
31"H x 24"W2 lines with a template-based picture$350 to $600
26"H x 26"WCustom round sign with wording around the circle$400 to $650
20"H x 37"W2 lines with a line for a phone number$400 to $700

Neon sign overview

The neon light is created when an argon gas is directly injected through a thin glass tube.  This tube will then be bent to size to replicate a design or lettering.  Most manufacturers will have limitations on how large or small a letter can be if customized.  When customized, most signs will be hand bent and should be UL approved, and all neon signs should come with a six-foot power cable, 110-volt transformer and chain to hang the sign.

Neon signs already manufactured can cater to many businesses such as bars, auto glass shops, cell phone stores, banks, restaurants, ice cream parlors, coffee shops, pizza joints, barber shops, tanning salons, dentist offices and jewelry store.

Custom signs will take about seven to 21 days to process and complete.  This will depend on the company and how busy they are.

Reputable companies should include a limited warranty that lasts up to a year.  The average neon sign should last about 10 years if taken care of properly.

What are the extra costs?

With customized jobs, a company may have a set rate for a certain amount of letters in certain sizes.  If you were to want more than letters than they allow, additional fees may apply, which is usually about another $5 to $10 per letter.

Due to the size of some neon signs, shipping fees may apply.

Over time, the sign may break.  A simple break often will cost $50 to $75 to repair.

Tips to know

Most neon lights will use as much electricity as a 60 watt light bulb.

How can I save money?

For those that own a retail-based business or even a bar, check with the local manufacturers to see if they can provide a sign at either no cost or for a discount.  Brands see this is as a win-win since you will be advertising for them and it makes the area more noticeable for the owner.

Consider looking at various sites such as Craigslist and eBay to see if there are any signs available at a discount.  Many stores may go out of business or they may upgrade their equipment.  This is a great way to save up to 75%.  If going this route, make sure that the equipment works before using it.

If purchasing in bulk, consider asking for discounts.  Some business owners often need a handful of signs to open up a shop.

Some retailers will have an overstock or clearance section on their website.  For example, the Jantec Sign Group has an overstock page.

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