The green lens looks blue when not illuminated by an incandescent light bulb.
I got an email from Les who picked up an older GE traffic signal for his man cave. Personally I think it’s a great addition to any room of the house, but if I want to stay married, I’ll have to keep the signals in the garage. Anyway, Les has been browsing eBay, looking for a green lens because the one he got with his traffic light is blue. Fortunately, Les doesn’t have to worry
Attica Traffic Signal, circa 1927
August 29, 2017

My Attica Traffic Light

My Attica traffic light I love the internet. The ability to type anything into a Google search and find out all kinds of information from people all over the world is a very powerful thing. I’ve gotten used to being able to do that. So when I acquired a traffic light by the Attica Traffic Signal Company, I was looking forward to finding out all kinds of information about it. I wanted to learn about the history
3-bulb W. S. Darley traffic signal with built-in controller
3-bulb W. S. Darley traffic light My latest traffic light acquisition is a four-way three-bulb W.S. Darley Simplex C-811 from Colorado. I thought I was almost done with collecting 4-way signals (Who am I kidding?), and my wife wishes I was done with them too, but the uniqueness and history of the Darley Simplex signals intrigued me and I couldn’t resist. Since the 1950s, the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) has stated that all
Older 116 watt traffic signal bulb
Which light bulbs do I need for my traffic light? I received an email from George, a visitor to, looking for information on what kind of light bulbs are needed for the traffic signal he recently picked up. In the real world these days, modern traffic signals are now assembled with LED modules that contain an array of LEDs which will gradually fail over time, usually many, many years, rather than all at once
Horni fixed 4-way from late 1920s/early 1930s
In May of 2015, I bought a traffic light from a gentleman (Ed) at his garage sale. (Read my previous post about that) It wasn’t much to look at. The light was nothing but a sand blasted shell with a cardboard box of loose lenses. He said that if I was going to restore it, he’d like to see it once it was done. Restoration began when I scrubbed the oxidation off of the aluminum
I love it when people contact me with questions about traffic lights after stumbling into my website. I love it even more when I can answer their questions, and Merissa’s was a gem. Like any red-blooded, level-headed American, she bought a traffic light. Odd thing about it was that one of the sections had, what appeared to be, a clear light, and she wanted to know why. The person she bought it from thought that
Ceramic Traffic Light Bank
The old saying, “Hindsight is 20/20” has meaning here. Today I look back and think, “Wow, I was an idiot when I was a kid.” Fortunately for me, my parents realized that I’d make stupid decisions. I was about 10 years old and my family was spending time at the Jersey shore like we did every year. After spending the day playing in the sand and jumping through the waves, we’d walk into town after
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.
September 4, 2015

Bob’s Mom.

Part of the idea behind my blog is to provide some history behind some of the signals in my collection. This is one of them that I’ve had for many years that has a great story behind it. I showed my interest in traffic lights at an early age. I think my parents first saw my fascination in this street furniture when I began drawing them everywhere. (If you haven’t already read my brief bio on
Book, New York City's Red & Green Lights: A brief Look Back in Time, by Steven Gembara
In the tight-knit world of signal collecting, I’m lucky to be able to chat with many other collectors and industry experts on forums and at meets, and there are a good number of them who really know their stuff. There are a couple of guys who will forget more than I’ll ever know when it comes to controllers. A few of them can tell you what kind of signal is in a photo, the year
May 29, 2015

They know me.

This goes back to the whole idea of letting others know what kind of hobbies you’re in to. I found out that the son of our pastor is into Pez dispensers. I had one laying around that I really had no desire to hold onto any more so I gave it to him. If I didn’t know he was into those things, it would have been thrown into the recycle bin or garbage. Well, the
Unless someone else is a collector of something normal, it can be a little difficult to admit that you collect something as odd as traffic lights. Some people look at you like you wear polka dots every day. But I’ve recently learned that admitting that can open some pretty cool possibilities. In the 1950s, Stadco made a little traffic light that you’d hang int he back of your car. The green would come on when
My website is an outlet for me to talk about and show off my collection – All of my wearable traffic lights, all of my toys, my real ones, and my decorative signals that only come out once or twice a year. But there’s a key word in all of this: “My”. But aside from the ones on my homepage slider, there is one signal on my site that is not in my collection. As a signal collector I will notice
December 5, 2014

Fine Art Signals

When I was a young lad dreaming about owning my own traffic light, I tended to draw them. Sometimes they were part of an overall scene, but more than that, they were just the light by itself. Despite my father being an art teacher, I never really did get very good at drawing. This isn’t the case with Sean Gallo. “STOP!” A picture by Sean Gallo, at While surfing the web for signal images
Brought my passion to church When you have a hobby so uncommon as mine, it’s very rare that you get to openly talk to others about it, let alone have someone ask you about it and be able to see much of it. Any moments like that are very few and far between – and thoroughly enjoyed. My church had a little event last weekend called “Bring Your Other Passion to Church”, highlighting collections, skills,
PCB traffic light controller
Before I talk about how to make your traffic light work, I’m starting this with a disclaimer: If you don’t have a basic understanding of electricity or you’re the least bit uncomfortable about working with electricity, PLEASE ask a trained electrician to set this up for you. I’m not a licensed electrician, but I have a good understanding and a healthy respect for electricity. You can cause serious damage to yourself or your surroundings if
Every week for a couple of months in 2004, I drove back and forth from my home in northern New Jersey to Buffalo, New York. There was a particular section of 690 at which traffic would have to cross the highway certain times of the year when festivities were happening at the fairgrounds on the southern side of the highway. To help with traffic control, temporary signals were used. Span wires were used with disconnects
Bob H. came across a single section traffic signal at an auction and wanted to know more about it. His plans were to wire it up and put it in his garage. [ezcol_1third] [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third] [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end][/ezcol_1third_end] I was not familiar with the logo on this one so I called upon my fellow gurus over at the Highway Divides forum for their expertise. It turns out that this is from a company called Checker. From
August 10, 2014

Spousal Acceptance Factor

I know for most guys, there’s a something in their lives that they’re into. Something that takes up spare time. Something that helps to keep some level of sanity. Maybe it’s a huge screen TV, a motorcycle, a car, a gaming system, trains, or an extensive Star Wars action figure collection. (You know who you are.) All of these items have some sort of, what is commonly called, the Spousal Acceptance Factor – or how
William Potts’ 4-way signal, c.1920. Photo credit: unknown. I’ve decided that there’s more to this hobby than just looking at my collection, so here it is. It’s My Traffic Lights Blog. Never thought I’d actually start a blog. I feel so… 2005. Although you’ll find conflicting information on the web resulting in dates from 1886 to 1920, August 5, 2014 marked 100 years of traffic control devices as we know them today and many are