Our team at BeneonUnicorn is dedicated to more than just designing the right neon sign for you; we also monitor the latest developments in our industry and any other news that may impact the needs of our customers and our business operations. 

A small number of customers and prospects have contacted us recently, expressing worry that the usage of neon signs may soon be subject to severe limitations or outright prohibition due to future legislation.

Neon signs are widely used and can be found in various settings, including commercial establishments and private residences. 

As they have swiftly developed as a prominent component of contemporary interior design preferences, many people are taking advantage of the astonishingly gorgeous visual effect they can provide.

In light of this, recent events in the sector have generated significant cause for alarm, most notably the possibility of a ban on mercury use. 

The public is concerned that technological advances may render neon signs obsolete and end their use shortly. 

Yet, it is essential to remember that each neon tube contains only a minimal amount of mercury.

When you consider that neon signs have been in use for almost a century without ever being deemed illegal, you can rest assured that it is acceptable to acquire them.

We are here to explain the new guidelines and break them down so you may comprehend what they represent for the neon industry's long-term prospects.



Mercury can no longer be used to construct neon signs due to new legislation passed by the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). 

As a direct result, neon signs of the future would be limited to a palette of only four colours plus amber and purple. 

No request for a deferral of the December 2018 deadline for full implementation of the prohibition has been received.

Despite widespread concern, the British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA) has determined that the newly adopted laws would impact the industry less than was previously believed. 

If you have contemplated purchasing a neon sign, you may do so until stocks are exhausted.

It is true to assume that producing low-voltage cold cathode lighting lamps containing mercury will cease in December 2018. 

In contrast, substantial installations and signs that run at high voltage and utilise mercury must still be covered by RoHS regulations because they are not regarded as hazardous substances.




Since they require greater voltages, neon signs with light drivers that require more than 1000V are exempt from the RoHS standards and ban. 

This is incredibly reassuring for us and other neon sign enthusiasts, as most neon sign installations are of this variety.

Because of this, not only are neon signs still accessible for purchase, but we can also manufacture them in various colours. 

Because the requirements do not apply to our signage, you can handle their level of security. 

Before passing on a great neon sign due to a misunderstanding, you must comprehend this. 

You may be missing out on something.

The British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA) and the European Sign Federation (ESF) are campaigning for an exemption from the prohibition for larger installations. 

This work includes arguing why neon signs should not be affected by Europe's ban on the use of mercury in consumer goods.

At BeneonUnicorn, we take several measures when it comes to the construction of our neon signs and the disposal of the mercury that is a consequence of our manufacturing procedures.

People in the neon signs sector now must produce, install, and sell neon to ensure the business's future profitability. 

It is essential that you, as a client, are informed of this information so that you can choose whether or not to participate or take the appropriate steps.

Please get in touch with us as soon as possible if you remain concerned about the direction of the industry or if you have any concerns about this.

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