Hourglass LED Traffic Light? Awesome!

Designer Thanva Tivawong has put out an interesting concept for traffic control signal lights – using the idea of a digital hour glass!  The same colors as we’re used to appear in Thanva’s design – green for go, amber/yellow for warning, and red for stop.

Red apparently also means “go ahead and barrel through the intersection, being a douche and almost always nearly causing an accident.”  It does at least here in Oklahoma City, and almost nowhere in the world as bad as Dallas, Texas.  Damn, people.

Check out these images of the concept – and thanks, Daphne, for sending these my way!

Art Lebedev’s Square Traffic Lights

Art Lebedev Studios has posed an interesting yet not bad idea:

Why not make traffic lights square?

We’re used to round lamps in traffic lights.  As drivers, and I know this to be true in other countries, we don’t always pay attention to the round red and green things telling us when to gas and brake.  Art’s concept is centered around making the traffic lights more visible, more present.  LED of course, and as a square, there’s more light-per-surface area.  Check out these images:

A Luxofor Traffic Light in Japan:

A Luxofor Traffic Light in Moscow:

and finally, a Luxofor Traffic Light in New York City:

Please check out Art Lebedev’s site on the process behind solving this traffic light problem.  There are A TON of images on this page.  A ton.  I mean that.  Lots of renderings.