HO Crossing signals help?

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Mmmm, turbos
I'm planning on installing some crossing signals on my layout, but I want to seek some advice first. Who here has installed them, which brands, and what advice would you have based on experience?

I really like the very prototypical look of the Details West sets, but they don't seem to be easily made operational. (?) Some sets seem a bit too clunky. I'd love a modern boulevard style but the only manufacturer I see making them is NJ International and I don't feel their design looks right for what I see near me.

No gates. Just like the prototype, I may or may not install them separately, later.

Lastly, what are the elements to make these work? I ideally I want them to function even when the lights are off, so it seems that a light sensor is out of the question....

So in short... whaddya like, and why?

grande man

Bonafied Grande Nut
The Details West crossbucks look good. They're reasonably priced too.

FWIW, I've been told that incandescent lamps produce a more realistic flashing effect than LED's.

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