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Old 09-07-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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i think lights have their place in cities, but it can be very nice to be outdoors without some jackass three houses down havng one of those high intensity high mounted lights glaring down all night.
the other night i was over by york beach, and the street lights were pretty mild so it didnt diminish the moonlight, but at the edge of beach some rich jerk had one of those lights shining right into the beach, totally ruined the mood.
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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Outside lighting is a security issue. What about cars that use their lights even though it's still light out?
I allways wonder if people who don't put their auto lights on in the rain,snow,dawn and dusk think they are saving electricity.Are they?
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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Just how do you find any correlation between outside lights and DRL's. Houses don't move day or night, vehicles do move. Canada has mandated DRL's, and yes for safety, but nothing to do with to do with outside lighting. Condoms are for 'safety', why not compare outside lights to condoms, after all it's for 'safety'

I used to drive a lot in my work, and drove a small car for economic reasons. I learned very quickly that if my headlights were on people very significantly less likely to pull out in front of me, etc. So I wired the fog lights to be on when the ignition was on.
Not sure but could that be the reason motorcycles are required to have lights on at all times?I keep my headlights anytime my car is moving or on.How much does that lower the mpg?
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I allways wonder if people who don't put their auto lights on in the rain,snow,dawn and dusk think they are saving electricity.Are they?
They are not saving any measurable amount.
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Not sure but could that be the reason motorcycles are required to have lights on at all times?I keep my headlights anytime my car is moving or on.How much does that lower the mpg?

The alternator/generator is a very tiny drain on the engine. Far less than the A/C compressor for example.

Being 'easy' on the throttle will effect your MPG far more than charging your battery and powering headlights.
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I allways wonder if people who don't put their auto lights on in the rain,snow,dawn and dusk think they are saving electricity.Are they?
THey are if their alternator isn't working properly.
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