Traffic Light System
The Traffic Light Box serves as a wall or ceiling-mounted unit connected to a venue’s microphone. It operates on a color-coded system:
- Green: Sound levels are within acceptable limits.
- Yellow: Approaching the decibel limit.
- Red: Exceeding the decibel limit; power may be cut.
When the red light activates, performers have approximately 5 seconds to lower the volume before power is cut to the sockets they are connected to. The system may reset automatically after a predefined time or require manual intervention by venue staff. If tripped three times in one evening, the system may be locked for the remainder of that event, concluding the particular live performance.
The potency of the traffic light system is influenced by the microphone placement and the calibrated decibel level. Positioned directly above the band, it reacts faster and more sensitively, potentially reaching the red signal more swiftly. Placing it at a distance from the performance area may afford more tolerance. Typically located in the middle of the space, these systems can be triggered by guests singing and dancing.