Who Invented Neon Lights?

Who Invented Neon Lights?

Who Invented Neon Lights?

At the beginning of the 20th century, French engineer, chemist and inventor Georges Claude invented the neon lamp. He sent electricity into a tube of neon gas, which had been discovered by William Ramsey and M. Travers in 1898.

In 1910, Claude exhibited two 38-foot-long neon lamps at the Paris Exposition. The first neon business sign advertised a Parisian barber. By 1919, the entrance to the Paris Opera House was lit by blue and red neon.

Claude was awarded a U.S. patent for the lamp in 1915. Within eight years he was selling neon signs in America. A Los Angeles Packard car dealership purchased the first ones in America.