Willis Lamm's
Traffic Signal Collection

(And Street Lights Too)

Long before I collected traffic signals I collected street lights. It was 1966 and I was in 8th Grade. My schoolmate and neighbor, Kenny, and I would ride down to the town dump and get old street lights complete with their 6 ft. mounting arms for fifty cents each. Then we would pedal them back home, balanced across the handlebars of our bicycles.

We fixed up most of these street lights and sold them for yard lamps. A couple we kept and over time I would come across an old street light here and there that I would install to provide area lighting around the ranch. As I put the traffic signal collection together I thought about also restoring these old street lights and using them to simulate nighttime in the collection. Here are the restored street lights in order of their relative vintages.

Click each photo to go to the page about the light

Line Material Early Model
Radial Wave
Series Street Light

GE Novalux
Form 6 Street Light
With Holophane
Prismatic Refractor

GE Novalux Form 46
Ceramic Body
Domed Type
Radial Wave
Series Street Light

Line Material
Domed Type
Radial Wave
Series Street Light

Holophane "Wide Spread"
No. 832 Street Light
with 2-Piece Refractor

Holophane "4-Way"
Directional Street Light
with 2-Piece Refractor

GE "Double Shoulder"
High Voltage
Radial Wave Street Light

GE Novalux Form 45-L
"Iron Head"
Low Voltage
Radial Wave Street Light

GE Form 79
"Gumball" Street Light

GE Form 79SO
"Admiral's Hat"
Street Light

GE Form 79VR
Street Light

GE Form 79CR
Street Light

GE Form 175
Street Light

Westinghouse AK-10
"Cup Light"
Hinged Refractor
Street Light

Westinghouse
Mini "Cup Light"
Street Light

Joslyn Manufacturing
"Gumball"
Street Light

Line Material
Hinged "Teardrop"
Street Light

Line Material
Spherolite
Street Light

Line Material
Spherolite Jr.
Street Light

Line Material
"Teardrop"
Street Light

Westinghouse OV-20
"Clamshell"
Street Light

Line Material
Ovalite
Mercury Vapor Light

Westinghouse OV-10
"Clamshell"
Street Light
(The OV-20's
little sister)

GE M-400
Mercury Vapor Light

Holophane Prismatic
Wall Mount
Luminaire

(More street lights
are being restored.)


  Technical Stuff
Visual Glossary of Terms
Preserving Historic Street Light Circuits
Understanding Street Light Circuits
Understanding Series Circuits
Understanding Multiple Circuits
Understanding Single Lamp Circuits
Understanding Arc Lamps
Understanding Shunts
Index of Street Light Patents: 1800 - Present
Adjustng Sockets using the Rolph Sighting Mark
Converting High Voltage Street Lights to 110V


  Informational Stuff
Street Light History
Identifying Street Lights
Street Light Designs
Survivors & Vanishing Circuits
Contact Willis

More street lights are being restored and will be presented as they are completed.


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