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History on Neon Lights
Transcript of History on Neon Lights
Our eyes are naturally attracted to lights, so it was vital in advertising in relaying information to clientele. Time"light" of Neon Lights History Illuminated? Life without Neon Lights? It all started in 1685 when a guy named Jean Picard observed a faint glow in a mercury barometer. When the barometer was shaken, it would produce a kind of light. However, reasoning behind the light was was not yet understood.
Neon comes from the word "neos", which means "new gas" in Greek.
Neon gas was discovered by William Ramsey and M.W. Travers in 1898.
It was not until 1910 that George Claude, a French engineer applied electrical discharges to neon gas creating a brighter light, resulting in a lamp. Timeline of Neon Lights John Picard discovered light from a mercury barometer (static electricity) when shaken. 1685 1910-1915 Neon gas was discovered by William Ramsey and M.W. Travers in London. French engineer Georges Claude, was the first to apply electrical discharges in neon gas, creating a lamp. He released it to the public to see in Paris on December 11, 1910, and then soon patented neon lighting/signs in 1915. 1898 Claude introduced neon signs in the United States and sold two signs for $12,000 each that said, "Packard" in reference to the Packard car dealership. 1923 Neon lights to this day are only mainly used in the bigger, more major cities where the population is larger (i.e. Vegas). Not many other cities use neon lights as much--maybe an "Open" sign, but other than that, it is not as intense. Present! Georges Claude In all seriousness, if neon lights were never invented, then the world of advertising would not be where it is today. In some ways, it is seen as the foundation for publicity for major companies. There probably would not be a super drastic change if neon lights were not invented, however! We can now say that the world is a little brighter. Life without neon lights would be...a little dimmer. Sources (all found on Feb. 28th):
http://www.brookstone.com/welcome-to-las-vegas-neon-sign_10001921_2 Personally, life with neon lights has not really affected me all that much. Growing up in a smaller city, you are not bombarded with flashing neon lights as to places like Las Vegas where you see neon lights at every corner.