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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 19:40:31 +0100
From: Colin Stamp <>
Subject: Re: Running Lights

On Mon, 20 Sep 2004 05:08:49 GMT, Malcolm William Mason <mwm1(delete)nospamedu> wrote: [snip] >Either : FULL HEADLIGHTS which to me overloads the charging system >and affects economy as a fraction of gas burnt around town at low >speed and stop start. [snip] Don't worry about the power consumption of the dipped beam headlights. It'll be about a tenth of the alternator's rating. It's been a long time since anyone has had to worry about alternator lifetime based on loading. The fuel consumption difference will be negligible too. In typing this post, I've probably spent enough time to run my headlights solidly for years - even at UK petrol prices! >Frankly The fog lights reprogrammed sounds good too, particularly on >the highway. [snip] But front fogs are the same power as dipped-beam headlights, so you'd get no power saving by using them instead of headlights. Surely the most sensible thing, if you want lights on in the daytime , is to leave the headlight switch in the on position and then forget it exists. Then you get dipped beam all the time the ignition is on - assuming it works the same way as my 9-3. Cheers, Colin.

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