Design for the Real World: Neon

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Neon signage has been around for exactly a century, but today the glowing lights face competition from cheaper LED technology. Physics professor Eric Schiff and Jeff Friedman, of New York's Let There Be Neon studio, explain what's behind neon's everlasting glow. Produced by Jordan Sayle.

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Jordan Sayle

Comments [7]

Carol from California

The discussion of Neon was very informative and my appreciation of the art form has definitely been heightened. Thank you

Dec. 15 2010 09:22 PM
Victor H

Great story! I teach freshman chemistry and we just finished our unit on atomic and electronic structure. I can't wait to use this story to tie in a real world application to what we've been talking about in class. =)

Dec. 05 2010 11:42 AM
Evan from Vancouver, BC

Cool!

Dec. 03 2010 04:53 PM
Nate from Vancouver, BC

Good story... and that physicist has great diction!

Dec. 03 2010 03:32 PM
Jo Schiff from Beverly Hills, California

Great story about those beautiful colored neon lights - they shine brigter now that I have this information.

Dec. 03 2010 12:53 AM
Gunther from Beverly Hills

I have witnessed the developing and increasing use of colored lights - usually advertising - but was happy to be instructed on the technicalities by my son

Dec. 03 2010 12:35 AM
Theo Schiff from Kentfield, CA

Good job, Uncle Eric. Keep it up.

Dec. 02 2010 09:40 PM

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