I don't work with neon, (Signs are a different license here)and have no idea of the output voltage to power one, and imagine it is considerable.
I was at a Kareoke Bar with some under a railing on a deck. It was covered, except for one area that was damaged, something hit it and broke a piece off the plexiglass cover. I noticed this because I set my drink down next to it. Then notice one section of the lighting was off, and that it had a conductor sticking out on the other side of my cocktail. I grabbed the Manager of the place, and told him that it definantly was not safe. ( this guy looked like he just came back from smoking the joint. ) He agreed, and shut off all of the neon. And, said he would get someone out the next day, he actually called me to tell me I may have saved his ass, offered up a some free drinks the next time I was in. I like it when people appreciate casual observances, most don't! I have also disconnected some neon at another place where it did start a small fire, going through some wood framing, and got simular treatment, and they paid the bill for me to come out. Although, I could only say "Call a Sign guy, not in our license..."
Anyway... That "black tree" looking stuff, I thought that was some weird pattern in the cloth at first look. Is that insulation bleeding into the fabric?! Or is it burning in it's paths to ground? I have never seen anything like that! Now, what type of voltage does neon use? And, I have seen it mounted on insulated posts before. Should the wire be sheilded or guarded in some way?Would that type of mounting be more suited to this type of installation? How would something like this be done correctly?
[This message has been edited by e57 (edited 06-13-2004).]
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