The main difference between neon and LED is the aesthetic, traditional neon is very charming and has a nostalgic look and feel. Neon signs are hand made from glass tubing. The words/shapes are bent from pieces of glass and portions of the sign are painted black to stop those parts of the tube from glowing, this creates separations between letters or design elements. Neon signs generally have visible wires and insulator caps where the wire connect to the neon tube. These factors give neon signs their charming look. Neon signs have a transformer that is usually mounted on the backing of the sign, and is visible. However, there are ways to keep the transformer out of view, please ask for more info if this is a concern. Due to the fragile nature of glass, we can only ship traditional neon signs to the USA and Canada.