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Old December 30th, 2006, 10:33 PM   #1
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Headlight switch connected to the ignition switch..?

I tried this in another Box forum, but got no response:

Is there an easy way to connect the headlight switch to the ignition switch -- so that the lights get turned on/off with the ignition, i.e., making it possible to just leave the headlights on all the time without worrying about a drained battery. I got a no-opt '98.

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Old December 30th, 2006, 11:24 PM   #2
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Sounds like you may be interested in the Daytime Running Lights hack.
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Old December 31st, 2006, 04:23 AM   #3
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Tom M wrote:
> Sounds like you may be interested in the Daytime Running Lights hack.

Super! This might be exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you.

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Old January 2nd, 2007, 02:10 AM   #4
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Tom M wrote:
> Sounds like you may be interested in the Daytime Running Lights hack.


Well, after all it seems like this hack is only for the parking lights -- not the headlights. I got this off a different Box forum:

> That Hack is for Daytime Running Lights. Simple to do.
> I tried it and didn't like it. It lights the Parking
> lights, not the full headlights, so it won't substitute
> for what you are trying...

So if anyone here knows how to connect the ignition to the headlights, please stand up.

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Old January 2nd, 2007, 10:33 AM   #5
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This hack is for the main lights, it does NOT switch on the parking lights or the lights in the instrument panel. I did this hack a while ago and it works.
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Old January 2nd, 2007, 08:32 PM   #6
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Perhaps I didn't explain correctly what I'm looking for -- I would like to leave the light-switch in its on position (turned all the way to the right) where the parking lights and the headlights are on, and then when I'm turing off the engine and pull out the key, ALL the lights go off -- including the parking lights.

Since both my MX-5 and SAAB worked this way, I've now burned myself too many times draining the Boxster's battery.

Any help appreciated,

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Old January 3rd, 2007, 09:02 AM   #7
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I don't think that such a hack exists :-(

I also had a SAAB Conv. before the Boxster and was looking for exactly the same. Let me know if you find a hack for it.
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Old January 3rd, 2007, 12:12 PM   #8
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Perhaps I didn't explain correctly what I'm looking for -- I would like to leave the light-switch in its on position (turned all the way to the right) where the parking lights and the headlights are on, and then when I'm turing off the engine and pull out the key, ALL the lights go off -- including the parking lights.

Since both my MX-5 and SAAB worked this way, I've now burned myself too many times draining the Boxster's battery.

Any help appreciated,

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Just wondering... how do you leave the parking lights on if you park in a dark area, and need to the leave the parking lights on?

I can see hacking such a fix, though don't quite understand how this could be the default behavior. Don't all cars have the option to leave parking lights on with the key removed, and the car locked?
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Old January 3rd, 2007, 12:34 PM   #9
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Almost every car manufactured today have their lights connected to the ignition -- when you turn off the ignition and walk away from the car, there's nothing that stays on which would drain the battery.

Hence, this is the only issues I now have with my Boxster (besides a leaking coolant tank).

Again, any help appreciated.

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Old January 4th, 2007, 12:40 AM   #10
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Almost every car manufactured today have their lights connected to the ignition -- when you turn off the ignition and walk away from the car, there's nothing that stays on which would drain the battery.

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I always thought that parking lights would stay on, good to know.

On a similar note, I parked in my garage, and happened to not close my driver's side door completely (without realizing it). Luckily, about an hour later went to get something from the garage, and saw that the interior lights were still on. Hopefully have been saved from a jump start tomorrow morning.
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