Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign

By
Home Inspector with Certified Structure Inspector IOS #1730, EA #30

Sparked by a picture of Vegas Bob http://actvra.in/Hgv.

Even if you haven’t been to Las Vegas your probably aware of the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.

The sign was put up by Western Neon in 1959 and is lucky to not have been blown up with the rest of old Vegas. The iconic sign and was never copyrighted and is public domain. This makes it able to be used by everyone and might have added to it's fame.

Did you know there are 89 yellow light bulbs that run the around the edge of the Las Vegas Signsign?  Did you know they change out these light bulbs on the first Tuesday of the Month between 5-10 am by YESCO who owns the sign now.

I have no idea why they change them out so often but the fact that you can now by a bulb pulled out of the sign probably has something to do with it. A man found a way for everyone to get a piece of Las Vegas history by selling these yellow bulbs taken from the sign. They are removed and kept in order and sold with a box and a certificate for $69 shipping included. http://officiallasvegaslight.com/

My question is will the ban on incandescent bulbs force the sign to switch over to a more energy efficient option? Will the sign look the same with florescent or led bulbs?  Probably won’t have to worry about that for a while since colored and sign bulbs are exempt from the regulation.  http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/lighting_daylighting/index.cfm/mytopic=11977

Comments (2)

Mike Young
203kOnLine.com, covering the USA - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

that's an interesting post. Believe it or not I always wondered who owned that sign. I always assumed it was the Chamber of Commerce.

Sep 16, 2012 06:27 AM
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

Many of the signs here in Nevada are owned by YESCO. The sign company leases the signs to the property owners. It seems to be a better financial option for most businesses. 

Sep 16, 2012 10:50 AM