Traffic lights as decorations? Sure!
I know people who decorate their homes with cows. And I also know people who are into moose. It doesn’t matter what you’re into. You can decorate your house with just about anything you want, so why not decorations of traffic lights?
The first traffic signal to adorn the home as decorations that I can recall was the 4-way, glow-in-the-dark chain pull that so many homes had in the 1970s. Believe it or not, they’re popping up on eBay; some still in their original packaging. And every once in a blue moon, I’ve seen the ash tray with the signal in the middle that says “We’re 20, In ’40, And Going Like 60”. I guess decorations like that are not found that often in as many homes as they once were, but I guess that’s one more reason to find them fascinating.
More recently you can often find lamps, nightlights, wall clings, and magnets. But if you look hard enough, you’ll come across traffic light decorations that run the gamut, from salt-and-pepper shakers to paperweights. Here are some great pieces that are perfect for your home, whether simply a conversation piece or something that’s actually functional. I mean, who wouldn’t want to adorn their home with the beauty of traffic control devices? Here, you’ll find all sorts of great pieces to hang on your walls or display on your coffee table.
Book, New York City's Red & Green Lights: A brieef Look Back in Time, by Steven Gembara
European aluminum pencil sharpener
Pencil sharpener traffic light with rotating top to change signal
Hawthorne Village traffic light, 1996, Item 90070,
T&C F018 Painted Pewter 4-way Traffic Light
Grasslands Road Snowman with Traffic Signal Light Up Figurine
BeeZee Kids StopLight GoLight Timer
Fish tank decoration, Item No. #8794
Betta brand aquarium piece, number MS787
Marketing tchotchke signal from ABC Promotional Marketing with selectable segment flash
Ceramic trinket box with pair of ceramic glasses
Whiskey a Go-Go ceramic mug
Coffee mug, a 2014 Christmas present from my brother
Desk lamp from Target
Night light from Target
Ikea Driva wall-hanging lamp
Cracker Barrel Guy's Garage night light, distributed by CBOCS Distribution, Inc.
Cracker Barrel Night Light
Borders Unlimited "Fast and Fun" night light, Mfr #326
The Incredible Hulk clock-signal by Tek Time, a division of Thinkter, #325 from 2003
Inflatable Signal Ahead sign #IN356, measures 30 inches tall
Unknown traffic signal project
Metal 4-way with selectable indication, circa 1964
Traffic Light table lamp by Rhode Island Novelty
Wooden traffic signal with single 120v bulb and eagle finial
Wooden 3-way with selectable red, green, or both
Stop/Closed, Go/Open bar-pub lamp with individual switches
Fred Roberts black metal 4-way candle holder
B&B Bar/Pub aluminum signal works off 120 volts. Knob on base selects light. There were two variations in which the knob was different and the back opened towards the side or flipped downwards.
Lighted battery-operated push-button motorized drink dispenser
Plastic and brass bar/pub traffic signal
Hanging wooden lamp
Acme Lantern Inc. Issue no C-107,303 hanging lamp
Radio Shack blinking traffic light, cat. no. 42-3053
Realistic (Radio Shack) Psycholite Flashing Traffic Light, Catalog No. 42-3026A, from 1980s
Traffic Lite model 49007 by Multi Media Electronics, Inc.
Yacker Tracker classroom noise monitoring system by AGI, Attention-Getters, Inc.
Squeezable stress signal by ALPI
Salt and Pepper shakers
Ceramic salt and pepper shakers
Salt and Pepper Shaker Set by Knobler, made in Taiwan
Ceramic Coin Bank - At about 8 years old, while on vacation, my parents said I could buy this or a squirt gun. Stupidly, I chose the squirt gun. Smartly, my parents bought the bank anyway and gave it to me as a gift for Easter.
Brass paperweight with gem lenses
Glow-in-the-dark chain pull from the late 60s-early 70s, made by the Idemin Manufacturing Company in Brooklyn, New York and was Style TLC. I've had this since I was about 5 years old.
Ceramic cast paperweight "Engineered Castings Inc. Hialeah, FLA."
Wooden traffic signal and post, battery operated
Hollow, cast aluminum 4-way. I really have no clue what this was used for
Stadco Life Saver vehicle speed indicator for car rear window, 1951, with box and instructions
Barton rear window car accessory in off-white
Barton rear window car accessory in grey
Sewn cloth, plush wall hanger.
Small plush 2-sided pillow
Aluminum LED-lit wall art
Plastic Cast Wall Hanger, given to me by my Dad when I stayed home sick from school about age 10 around 1982 or so.
McCoy Traffic Light Cookie Jar #0351 1P73 from 1978
ANZ Australia and New Zealand plastic table top bank says "Bank ANZ for money safety"
Plastic lighted bank with three randomly flashing 120-volt bulbs
Bar Set contains a shot mixer, stirrer, bottle opener, and ice picker. No company name on the box or items.
Battery-operated Drink Mixer
Musical Decanter Plays "How Dry I Am"
Ceramic bum leaning against two-section traffic light
Ceramic decanter of bum haning on to traffic light, says "Yippee!"
Beared traffic cop with traffic light on his head - The Beachcombers International 1996
The McClellands Reco Collection “The Policeman” Figurine
Ceramic police officer and 120-volt traffic light lamp
Ceramic policeman and signal with working red light bulb and painted ceramic green section
Ceramic car with shot glasses and 120-volt signal with bulb for yellow light by Enesco, Japan
Wooden Drink Coasters and Stand
1970s Rexwood 6-piece coaster set in walnut, Item #5459, distributed by CRH Intn'l
Perfume bottle, distributed by Robinson Cosmetics Company, New York City
Full bottle of Avon Stop 'n Go Spicy Aftershave, circa 1974
Sunbeam LB-1 by Liting Universal Corp.
Aluminum 120-volt Lamp
Lamp with Imbedded Clock
Children's lighted Stoplight Sleep Enhancing Alarm Clock , by Cixi JinChench Electric Factory, Imported by Myco International
Traffic Light Cut-out made by my son in kindergarten when he was bout 5 years old.
2-direction glass Christmas ornament
4-way glass Christmas ornament
Hallmark 1984 "City Lights" Lighted Ornament
Trevco Trading Corp "White Traffic Policeman Bear Sitting on a Traffic Light" Christmas Ornament
“It’s a Go for Christmas!” Enesco Treasury of Christmas Ornaments, M. Silmore Collection
Department 56 Timeline 1914 Christmas Ornament
Plastic blinking "Traffic Lite" model 5060 from Data Display Systems, a division of Decora Ind. Inc., Philladelphia, PA
LED Table-top Signal
Traffic light ash tray. Indications read "We're 20 in '40 and goin' like 60"
4-way traffic light pen with holder
Lighted USB hub with voice memo recording
USB hub with lighted red
1975 5c United States postage stamps "Stop traffic accidents" "enforcement-education-engineering"