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Installing Your Custom Neon Sign

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With custom neon signs, you can get creative in installing your light. Different signs are made with different purposes and there are many different ways how to install them. Here are four common installation processes in installing your custom neon sign.

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How to Install your Neon Sign Using Standard Nails

Now that you have your neon sign on hand, now it’s time to place your neon sign on the wall. It’s quick and easy! You’ll be done in just minutes. So get ready to light up your room with neon lights!

Using standard nails is the most basic way to install your neon on your wall. Once you receive your sign, you automatically have installation accessories and instructions for you to follow in the box.

Bored of reading? Follow this video instead!

Here’s a simple video tutorial on how to install your direct-to-wall signs using standard nails. Featuring a neon sign with a frosted clear backing.

Things to Prepare

Ready your installation accessories such as the screws, washers, and drywall anchors. Grab your handy-dandy toolbox and get a small hammer and screwdriver. Make sure to also get your driller ready with a ¼” (6mm) drill bit. If you don’t have a driller, time to call a friend or say hi to your neighbor. Once you have these items in a convenient area, clean the surface then grab a pencil. Now it’s time to get ready for action!

● Installation Accessories (screws, washers, and drywall anchors)

● Hammer

● Screwdriver

● Driller with a ¼” (6mm) drill bit

● Pencil

5-Step Standard Nails Installation
Step 1

Place your sign on the desired area on your wall. Using a pencil. Mark the holes from your sign to determine the screw hole locations. Once done, place your sign back in a safe place for the next step.

Step 2

Now that you are done marking the holes, make sure that your driller is ready with a ¼” (6mm) drill bit. Simply drill the marked areas and now it’s time for the next step

Step 3

Once you have your holes ready, take the drywall anchors and tap them in the wall using a hammer.

Step 4

We’re almost done! Go get your sign and it’s time to screw the nails! Now simply align your sign, put the washer on top of the nails, and screw them into the drywall anchors.

Step 5

Finally, the last step and the most exciting part of all! It’s time to put the wires together and plug in the sign to your power adapter and voila!

You did a great job. Now it’s time for a selfie! Share your finished sign on social and tag us on Instagram (@hineonled). Let’s spread good vibes and color with LED neon signs!

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Installing Your Company Neon Sign with Advertising Nails

Advertising nails are great in making your sign look more professional. It’s perfect for branding signages for your office like the front desk or lobby. It’s also perfect for restaurants and stores and put your neon sign at the back of the cashier or on a clean wall surface.

Follow Our Quick Video Tutorial

Easily follow the steps by watching this simple tutorial. In the video we are using a custom neon sign with a frosted-clear backing.

What You’ll Need

Make sure to prepare the things you’ll need before installing your custom neon sign. Get your handy-dandy toolbox and bring out the stuff you’ll be needing to properly install your sign.

●   Advertising nails set (barrel and cap)

●   Screws

●   Drywall anchors

●   Hammer

●   Screwdriver

●   Driller with a ¼” (6mm) drill bit

●   Pencil  

6 Steps in Installing with Advertising Nails

Just follow these 6 simple steps and you can have your sign look professional in no time!

Step 1

Finalize where you want to install your neon sign and put your sign against it. Using a pencil, determine the screw hole locations and mark them on the installation surface. 

Step 2

Remove the sign on the wall and drill holes on marked locations with a 1/4” (6mm) drill bit.

Step 3 

Now grab your drywall anchor tap it in the holes using your hammer.

Step 4

Next, install the barrel on the wall with screws through the barrel into the drywall anchors.

Step 5

Finally, put the sign on and thread the studs to the barrels. Your sign should have a 1” gap from the installation surface. 

Step 6

You now just have to put the wires together and plug it in. Watch your sign light up and wow the people in your office or your store!

How to Hang a Big Neon Sign

What better way to showcase your business than a big hanging sign with neon lights? Make your sign hang beautifully in or out of your shop. Once you have your design customized and have your neon sign on hand, now it’s time to get it installed. Here is a step-by-step guide for you to follow through.

For installing hanging big signs, we don’t just use any material to hang our custom signs. The sign itself is generally heavy so make sure to use durable materials that likewise look aesthetically pleasing. Not to worry, for when ordering big hanging signs with HiNeon, we make sure that your sign not only looks cool but the overall look of the sign as well when it is installed. We can provide you with a ceiling-mounted wire suspension kit so you can be sure the sign can hang safely while looking great.

See How It’s Done in Action

Here’s a step-by-step video guide on how to hang your ceiling-mounted hanging sign for a big neon like this. In this video you can also see a neon sign with a frosted clear backing.

Get These Stuff Ready

Before you start installing your custom neon sign, get the ceiling-mounted wire suspension kit ready. This includes the top mounts, screws, 6.6ft (2m) long suspension wires, and cable seal. Apart from these, grab your own sharp plier, drill with a 1/4” (6mm) drill bit, hammer, screwdriver, and a pencil to mark your ceiling. Once you have all these ready, you can now start hanging your big neon sign.

●  Ceiling mounted wire suspension kit: top mounts (1.5” diameter), screws, 6.6ft (2m) long suspension wires, cable seal

●  Drill with a 1/4” (6mm) drill bit

●  Screwdriver

●  Sharp plier

●  Hammer

●  Pencil

8 Steps in Installing Your Big Hanging Sign
Step 1

Pull the suspension wire through the cable seal and then through the suspension holes on the sign. Do the same to the other end.

Step 2

Once again, pull the wire end through the cable seal and use a sharp plier to seal it. Repeat this step to the other cable wire. Make sure all hanging wires are attached to the sign.

Step 3

Using a pencil grab the tops mounts and determine screw hole locations for the top mounts. Once done, set the top mounts aside.

Step 4

Grab your drill and make sure that you are using a 1/4” (6mm) drill bit. Finally, drill holes on all marked locations.

Step 5

Once you have all holes ready, tap the drywall anchors in each hole with a hammer. 

Step 6

Get the top mounts and align them on the holes. Then, you can screw nails into the drywall anchors using a screwdriver.

Step 7

We’re almost done. Push the pin on the top mount and insert the hanging wire. Release the pin to tighten the wire.

Step 8

Now for the exciting part. You can now fix the wiring on the ceiling or wall. Plugin the power adapter and light up the sign. Bravo!

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Installing a No Backing Sign with Direct-to-Wall Nails

If you don’t like seeing nails or even wires from your sign, you should try installing your custom neon sign with an easy to use direct-to-wall nails. Using a plastic direct-to-wall nails gives off a clean, seamless, and professional look on your space like it is meant to be there.

This particular way of setup is especially popular for contractors who have access to the backdoors. Some might also hide the wirings by changing the wires. Nonetheless, keeping the wires outside and painting them with the same color as your wall also works! Painting it is just optional.

Watch How it’s Done
What You’ll Need

Before you start installing your custom neon sign, here are some things you need to prepare. The installation accessories which you can find on the box, a tape, a pencil, and a drill with a 6mm drill bit. You’ll also be using a pencil and some tape to mark the wall using the blueprint.

●  Direct-to-Wall nails 1.2” (3cm)

●  Blueprint paper

●  Tape

●  Pencil

●  Drill with 1/4” (6mm) drill bit

5 Steps Installation with DIrect to Wall Nails
Step 1

Prepare the needed materials in an accessible area and screw the nails into the backside of the neon.

Step 2

Position your blueprint on your installation surface and tape it to hold its place. Using your pencil, mark all the screw-hole locations. Once done, safely remove the blueprint.

Step 3 

Grab your drill and make sure a 1/4” (6mm) is in place then drill holes on the marked areas.

Step 4

Now, you’re ready to put the neon sign in place. Simply, align the nails to the drilled holes.

Step 5

Lastly, fix the wiring based on our guide, plug in the power adapter, and voila! Take time to appreciate your hard work and your neon sign!

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