Eagle Don't Walk Sign

Don't Walk Sign - Garage Eye Candy

Most of the 'stuff' that has been added to the garage has been functional. This is one addition that is more fun and you can add you commercial street fixtures for a reasonable amount of money. I picked up this Pedestrian sign (Walk / Don't Walk) sign from eBay shipped for about $140 bucks. It was NEW in the box, all aluminum and glass construction so something that is cool looking and not made of plastic. The 'Ped' sign is also an old school style with 2 boxes, each about 9" square. The vendor also offered a larger 12" version of the sign for a few bucks more but figured the smaller ones would be perfect. They have a regular light bulb socket so you can use any type of small lamp. I fitted mine with a couple of small LED Bulbs for ceiling fans or refrigerators. I got them the LED Bulbs from Amazon. I also had picked up a flasher module from eBay a for another project and decided I would use one in this. The flasher is hooked up to the 'Walking Man' section of the sign which will blink when on. I though I would leave the red stop 'Hand' on as a non blinking light.  You can also pick up an actual traffic controller that will simulate a signal, even has provisions to hook up a cross walk button. This can be found here, at Traffic Controls and it's well made and a really good traffic light controller/simulator. For mounting it's expensive to get the mounting poles and such, so I hit a hardware store and picked up some pipe and flange to make the mounting. Worked well. Last touch was a pull chain switch with a long pull so I can turn it off and on. The sign was manufactured by the Eagle electric company, and is a nice piece.

Don't Walk Traffic Signal Mounted

This is the finished mounting on the wall. I found a 15' white extension cord that I cut off the receptacle end and it was cheaper then getting bulk wire and a plug. Save a bit of time too. You can see the pull switch cord dangling from the bottom as well. The pipe flange mounting was to a solid stud in the wall with some long and heavy wood screws.

Inside of the Pedestrian Signal

The signal has some room, not a lot, but enough to add a flasher and switch. Make sure that where you mount them that it does not interfere with the reflector or lamp socket. The power wire comes through the back and has a rubber grommet to keep the wire from getting cut up by the metal. The pull switch is a SPST switch available from you local hardware store or even Amazon, if you get fancy you can do a multi-way switch that would control both lamps. I kept my goals modest... The signal has a nice terminal strip on the top for most of the connections.
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Closer View of the Don't Walk Sign Guts

A short thread only pipe nipple is used with a pipe thread nut (waste nut??) to hold the signal to the pipe. The hole in the bottom is 2" but 2" plumbing pipe is not really 2", so pick up 1 1/2" pipe and it works just about perfect. You can see a closer view of the switch and grommit to protect the wire. The small black square on the top of the picture is the electronic flasher, they are on eBay, but it's easier to hit up TS-Controls for one unless you know what to look for. All wires and connectors were heat shrink to keep safe. As a minimum wire nuts and electrical tape would work.

My original plan was to top and bottom mount the signal but the single mounting proved to be very strong so I left it at that. One thing to watch out for is the thickness of the top and bottom flange may not be the same so check to ensure the pipe nipple length will work. Remember these are pipe fittings so you can't just keep tightening things up, the lengths have to be right to make it all work so keep that in mind when getting the pipes and fittings.
Eagle Don't Walk Sign

All Done!

All the wiring is done and you can see the top with the LED bulb in place. The bulbs are nice for a couple of reasons, they are not directional like many of the smaller LED bulbs, and are bright. This will keep your power use down and not cause any of the glass paint to become faded. All that is left is to mount on the wall.

One note about mounting : When getting you pipes together make them tight, but not tight enough where you can't move it a tiny bit. This will allow you to move the signal perfectly vertical after mounting. Use a level as well to get this right or you will look like it's off. Trying to get the pipes right with a level is difficult since nothing is really straight or square on the castings. When all done I floated some wicking loctite into the threads just to make sure it's not going to move. It's a heavy piece so make sure you catch all 4 screws into a wall stud.