Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 05:08:49 GMT
From: Malcolm William Mason <mwm1(delete)nospamedu>
Subject: Re: Re: Running Lights

On Sun, 19 Sep 2004 19:39:26 GMT, Retro Bob <nothingherenospamcom> wrote: >On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 21:39:34 GMT, Malcolm William Mason ><mwm1(delete)nospamedu> wrote: > > >>Whoever had been running it, was operating (illegally) without running >>lights by pulling fuse #36.I am told that I have two options: >> >>(1) Run with parking lights >> >>(2) Run with full head lights >> >>and that these options are "dealer programmed". >> >>Is there some way that I can get low level headlights--not low beam >>but low level and low beam or fog lights only? or some other suitable >>combination which is easier on the lamps and the alternator. > >The low level headlights come on in a Saab when you have parking >lights only on. HOWEVER, they are tiny, separate light bulbs which >will _not_ meet the DRL requirements in your area. How do you know, is it published what candle power is required. Where can I determine what DRL requirements are. >The norm in a Saab is that the DRL's are always on and that actually >means that the headlights are always on along with the parking lights. The dealer programmed options are: 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. Or: PARKING LIGHTS and I know that driving with parking lights on, day or night is against The Ontario Highway Traffic Act. I would be delighted to get those little white bulbs running at all times. Perhaps I can up-size them a little. Does anyone have any ideas. Where can I pick up a connection that is hot whenever the key is "on" and can I re-connect these bulbs. Frankly The fog lights reprogrammed sounds good too, particularly on the highway. And the little bulbs could be switched off. Having both would be ideal. Malcolm Mason >Since you can get the same effect by simply turning on the headlight >switch, many of us have it reprogrammed to allow for parking lights >without headlights while running (as your is). > >You can also have the dealer reprogram so that you can turn the fog >lights on and off with any other light combination i.e. make them >independent of the other lights. I think this is the step you need to >take. As to whether fogs & parking lights meet the local requirements >for DRL's... I have no idea. I doubt it though. >

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