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What is Neon used for?

What is Neon used for?
Neon is a chemical element and is one of many noble gases found in the universe. It can rarely be found in this planet but is abundant in the rest of the universe. Under normal and standard conditions, this chemical element is said to give out a very distinct reddish or orange glow. This is why neon is commonly used in glow lamps and advertising signages.

As a noble gas, Neon has no color, odor, and/or taste. This chemical element can only be commercially sourced through the air in the atmosphere. Neon was said to be discovered back in 1898 by chemists Sir William Ramsay of Scotland and Morris M. Travers of England. Back then, these two chemists were also studying on other gases like nitrogen, argon, krypton, xenon, and oxygen. In those early studies, neon’s distinct and bright reddish orange color was already discovered when the element was introduced to electricity. Though neon is said to be one of most abundant chemical elements in the entire universe, only .0018% of it is available in the atmosphere above the Earth. Due to its scarcity, neon was not widely used as a bright or colored light source until the early 1900s. But by the time it was used in advertising signages, Neon became a hit. The reddish and/or orange glow of “neon” signs made them stand out from other signages.

Up to today, Neon’s largest use is in the advertising and signage businesses. These “neon” signages became so popular that many people think of Neon when seeing brilliant and high-glow signs. But in fact, Neon only produces the reddish and orange lights on a particular signage. The other colors are actually produced when other noble gases are used solely or mixed with Neon gas. But aside from its use in advertising signages, Neon can also be used in making high-voltage indicators, especially when it is combined with Helium. Neon is also used in vacuum tubes, TV tubes, wave meter tubes, gas lasers, cryogenic refrigeration, electron tubes, and fluorescent starter tubes.

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[0]http://education.jlab.org/itselemental/ele010.html
[1]http://www.c-f-c.com/specgas_products/neon.htm
[2]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neon

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