A Warning Light - I Think This Is A Good And Need Idea.

United States
March 24, 2007 10:30pm CST
This idea comes from a second grade class in Amherst, Mass. The teacher installed a decibel traffic light that switches from green to yellow to red as the level of noise increases. The class got a lot quieter. The "Talk Light" looks just like a regular traffic light and can be adjusted to go off any where between 40 and 120 decibels (a washing machine is about 75 decibel). I think this is a good idea and can think of many places where such a deibel traffic light could be used. I feel that people speak too loudly on their cell phones in public places. Maybe the decibel light could be used in a public place like a restaurant. Do you think this is good idea? And if you do, what places would you like to see such a light be used? Lloyd
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18 responses
• United States
25 Mar 07
If not the light another visual warning is already installed in IISC `s library. The big screen shows that the decibel level is higher than the permitted level. It also reads the decibel and points out the area of cause. As many said here it is a must in places like Library, class rooms etc. It should be installed even in apartment buildings
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• United States
27 Mar 07
That's a great suggestion. You are the first person to metion putting a warning light in an apartment building. I know they can get pretty noisy. Lloyd
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
I agree with you that it will be a good thing to place this equipment in places where a quiet environment is desired. That would include libraries, classrooms, offices, and school lobbies.
• United States
25 Mar 07
Those are some excellent places to place this equipment. I believe it would effective because sometimes people just don't know how loud they are talking. Lloyd
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I think it's an awesome idea. Libraries and schools would be excellent places to use the light to help ensure that the noise levels were kept to a reasonable level. I remember days working as a volunteer at the preschool when the noise level would get rather loud before we could manage to get the children quieted down. Most of them would have responded much better to the light though, just as they did to the special routines that were set up to let them know that it was time to clean up for lunch or to go home. Sometimes signals work great for these things. I don't think I would want to put one in a hospital though. If the woman in labor or the child with the broken leg wants to scream in pain, I wouldn't try to shame them with a traffic light. I also wouldn't put them in restaurants or other similar areas. I think it would only upset customers and drive them away. I would feel intimidated by the thought that if I (or someone at my table) happened to speak too loudly, we would be singled out and publicly humiliated. I would probably take my business elsewhere.
• United States
27 Mar 07
You are the second person to oppose putting them in restuarants. You make a excellent point that it might upset customers and drive them away. Lloyd
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
26 Mar 07
I think in restaurants and so on people wouldn't like it, as it would take away the relaxation, you'd be scared of setting the thing off, and most people would get a temper over it. but in places like schools, libraries, places where you are really not supposed to make noise I think it's neat, though some people might make it go off on purpose!
• United States
27 Mar 07
You are the first person here to oppose them being used in restaurants. You make a good point. I'd like to see how others feel about your point because most people put restaurants high on their list of places to put a warning light. Lloyd
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@rsa101 (22854)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
That sounds very unique. I guess that teacher is very creative enough to attract children and learn when to stop and discipline themselves. I hope they are already available in my place I guess my wife would love that to have it installed in her classroom since she is a grade one teacher and you can imagine how difficult it is for her to get their attention.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
I agree. This teacher was very creative. Plus it's a good way to teach discipline and respect at a early age. Lloyd
@greengal (4286)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Hey that's a really neat idea Lloyd, I think it should be implemented in more places. I would love it in restaurants (few are very noisy) and also in public places. Great idea!
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• United States
27 Mar 07
I think it's a nice idea also. Restaurants see to be on everyone's list of places where the warning light should be used. Lloyd
@wavelander (1529)
• Portugal
25 Mar 07
A good idea, but imagine everyone wanted to see the red light? lol Good idea but probably an expensive too!
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• United States
27 Mar 07
I never thought about the silly people who would just want to see the red light turn on. And you know there would be many. Lloyd
• India
25 Mar 07
Nice innovations man!! Ya surely these days people have forgotten mannerism and and just keep on being loud. I would definitly like seeing that machine in all the restaurents and cyber cafes. Also at other places like in ofices etc. I would be a great help to have someting like that. Take Care May GOD Bless YOU
• United States
27 Mar 07
You are the first person to suggest using the warning light in a cyber cafe. I have never been to one. What are they like? Lloyd
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I would like to see the light used in restaurants and hospital waiting rooms. It is an excellent idea. I hate noise pollution.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
Wow. I never thought about the hospital waiting room. I can't believe that people would be obnoxious and loud there. Lloyd
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I definitely think it's a good idea and it should be used everyshere that people inappropriately (in my opinion) use cell phones - libraries, auctions, restaurants etc. I'm surprised they don't hang on those things in church.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
The cell phone thing is really out of control. I don't think anyone thought about this annoying side effect of the cell phone. Our local court here will confiscate your cell phone if it goes off during court. Lloyd
• United States
25 Mar 07
I think that is a great idea. Did the teacher invent the light herself? If so I think she could make a fortune.
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• United States
25 Mar 07
I don't know if the teacher invented it, but it does have multiple applications. She might think about getting a patent lawyer. She could make a fortune if she came up with the idea. Lloyd
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@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
25 Mar 07
Lloyd, this is the first I am hearing of this and I think it's a great idea. Maybe people will then realize how loud they sound on their phones.
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• United States
25 Mar 07
You are so right Howard. Most people don't realize how loud they talk on their cell phones. And to be honest, the rest of us don't care to listen to their conversation. Lloyd
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• United States
25 Mar 07
Interesting. I should get one and place it on the outside of my house directed towards my neighbors house. Him and that blasted truck of his and not to mention his constant loud music are starting to grind on my nerves. Although these things may work in classrooms, I don't think they would really work on the general public. Unless people are raised around these "talk lights". Most would just think it humorous and continue on with what they are doing.
• United States
25 Mar 07
I could never understand why people think everyone wants to hear their loud music. It is very annoying. I think it would work if you had one in front of your house and it went off everytime his music became too loud. Lloyd
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
25 Mar 07
On ipods to protect the hearing, on buses so the driver can do their job better, in libraries were no one is respectful anymore. In our homes so the television does not get too loud anymore. Yeah at the restuarant I do like that one. On the cell phone definitely. On cars with too loud mufflers so that they would not run til fixed. These would be good to start with however you know that it would lead to inconveniences in our lives just because people can't seem to moderate themselves.
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• United States
25 Mar 07
That's a great idea to have a Ipod warning light. I can't believe that people don't have respect in libraries anymore. It just seems like some people don't care anymore. Lloyd
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
27 Mar 07
I would like to add a thought that occurred to me. If they made portable ones that were discrete maybe with options to vibrate, beep once, flash, turn to another color. We could walk around with them so we could know when we are talking to loud. You know sometimes you get distracted in a public place with your cellular phone or wile singing music with headphones on, like that you could be discreetly warned with the option of your choice. The last poster made me thing of it. I too sometimes talk loud without realizing it and have others point it out...
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• United States
28 Mar 07
OMG. You have taken the technology to the next level. That is a great suggestion. A vibrating warning signal would let only the person being loud know and they would be able to respond to it without being embarrassed. Great idea. Lloyd
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
27 Mar 07
That is such a cool idea. I think they should be used in all classes all over the world. I also think they are a good idea to use if you have kids or have kids over. Because my sister and niece are constantly turning hings up full blast and I am always telling them to turn it down. What good that does me. But this would work probably. I am also told I talk to loudly sometimes so it would be good for me also.
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• United States
28 Mar 07
Lol. You are the first one who said they needed it for themself. People need to understand that blasting music or other things loudly will only hurt them in the long run. Thanks for you suggestions. Lloyd
@7nicole1 (1634)
• Canada
27 Mar 07
Well that is a good idea but I dont think it would be very practical for traffic use but with the phone thing it would work or noise like fighting or loud music at night. I imagine there would be many uses for a device like this and I think its a good little invention.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
It is a good invention and I'm sure there will be more uses for it in the future. Lloyd
• United States
25 Mar 07
love the idea. I could think of several places it could be used.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
It is a great idea. Could imagine having mini-warning lights at each table in a restuarant? That would be so cool. Lloyd