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    Posted July 14, 2014 by
    JimCA2
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    Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    An ode to neon lights

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    Phnom Penh Neon

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     It’s easy to bump into neon signs in of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, says JimCA2, but power shortages and inconsistent voltage are an issue for the city. “There are plenty of indications around town that this has taken its toll on many neon signs. Some still look as good as the day they went in … while others don't function properly or partially burnt out,” he said. The American expat also commented that he’s seen “plenty of LED signs springing up around town.”
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Over the last ten years Phnom Penh has seen extensive growth. Many new business have come (and gone) in such a short period of time, but neon still has that allure that will keep it around for a while longer and business owners here are still attracted to it.

    One of the problems facing Phnom Penh is power shortages and inconsistent voltage. There are plenty of indications around town that this has taken its toll on many neon signs. Some still look as good as the day they went in, probably due to generators or voltage regulators while others don't function properly and / or partially burnt out. The cost of electricity is also expensive which will make LED lighting a more viable option. There are plenty of LED signs springing up around town.

    Due to inexpensive labor, custom signs can be had relatively cheap, and some venues have been pretty creative.

    Heartbreak Bar had to relocate but took their sign with them. Geckos have made the wall behind the neon at Pretty Woman their sanctuary.

    The Titanic Restaurant has an elaborate display along the riverfront, but the beautiful sign at the other end of the building is located in the parking lot away from street view.

    The Pardise Massage which has been around along time only put in their neon about seven years ago. A foot massage sign even has your potential sore spots highlighted.

    Along busy Monivong Blvd. a guitar lets you know where to get music supplies.

    A new Pho restaurant got pretty creative with their bowl and chopsticks worked into the logo.
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