This wiring "harness" (I use that term loosely) was hooked into a traffic signal that I bought off eBay. It is made of PVC Duct tape, electrical tape, 14/3 SO Cord, and two 18AWG zip cord wires. It went from the light to a switchbox (AKA a metal gangable box with three switches in it.) I replaced it with a freshly fabricated harness. (Okay, shoot me! I cannot find 4 conductor cable.) The last pic shows what happened to it...
get a PLC and some relays so that the thing can actually flash. A friend of mine has one wired to a sound system. -50db = green, -30 = yellow, -10 = red, clip = whole thing turns off. Its really cool to watch it flash to the music.
Re: Ian.... Be Safe#124657 11/21/0611:02 PM11/21/0611:02 PM
Thanks Scott, and Randy! I'll try to get a picture of the one I made, not good or compliant, but probably better than this hazard.
NVST: I have a Lights to Go! Sequencer in an old gutted breaker box that runs a few lights. When I move I'm getting a real controller (the big grey box things) for my back yard. (8-12 lights on a 130X128 Levittown lot!)
Also, I'm trying to get my parents to let me go with them when our new (to us) house gets inspected, oh the joys those Levittown Houses hold!
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Is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
Re: Ian.... Be Safe#124658 11/22/0607:15 AM11/22/0607:15 AM
I had a traffic signal once in college, but it was confiscated by the police when they came to serve my one roomate a subpena We hadn't done anything wrong (I quite literally found it in the woods) but they claimed it was stolen property and took it with them. Bastards! We'd fixed it up nice, too, and wired up all the lights.
Re: Ian.... Be Safe#124661 11/23/0605:10 PM11/23/0605:10 PM
I have a traffic Light I got of eBay it was also wired in a shady manner a 2 wire Zip cord (My Light is metal) ribbed wire Neutral under the terminal block and the rest of the wires from the LED signals taped together with masking tape. I fixed that right up with a proper 3 wire cord and I also got a Lights to Go T3 Sequencer that Controls the light like a real one on the streets
Theres always enough room in the junction box.You just need a bigger hammer
Re: Ian.... Be Safe#124662 11/23/0605:39 PM11/23/0605:39 PM
Ian, all the months you have been posting about traffic signals, I thought you meant the trafficators fitted to automobiles! I sigh with fond memories of my kids' bedrooms crammed to the ceiling with the obstacle courses of their footballs, cricket stuff, tents, camping and hiking kit, bikes, boots, old engines, ancient tvs, lumps of rock, planks, models, militaria etc., that Denise had to negotiate to make the beds. But Traffic Lights! Jeez! I think she would have exploded!
Wood work but can't!
Re: Ian.... Be Safe#124663 11/24/0612:41 PM11/24/0612:41 PM
all the months you have been posting about traffic signals, I thought you meant the trafficators fitted to automobiles!
You gotta become more bi-lingual Alan. Two countries divided by a common language, and all that!
For those who are now confused by "trafficators," these were the directional signals which were fitted to some British cars in the 1950s instead of flashing lights front and rear (assuming the car had signals at all).
They were small semaphore arms set into the pillars between the front and rear doors. Operating the turn signal for the appropriate side caused the arm to be lifted out of pillar by a solenoid, while at the same time turning on the light on the arm (which was a single amber light showing to both front and rear, but which did not necessarily flash).