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Old 12-30-2006, 08:31 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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Not so easy, but it could be done. The Headlights (especially the Litroninics) draw a lot of amperage, so I'd probably add a relay from the ignition HOT lead and then route the actual headlamp circuit to the relay. You don't want to overload the ignition circuit and risk frying the DME ($2000+)...

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Old 12-31-2006, 04:11 AM   #3
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MNBoxster wrote:
> Not so easy, but it could be done. [...]

Again, thanks for your help.

I was also pointed to this DIY mod; http://www.whiteson.org/boxster/mods/drl/

Has anyone tired this hack, or know if it will do what I'm after, i.e., making the lights follow the ignition.

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Old 12-31-2006, 07:48 AM   #4
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MNBoxster wrote:
> Not so easy, but it could be done. [...]

Again, thanks for your help.

I was also pointed to this DIY mod; http://www.whiteson.org/boxster/mods/drl/

Has anyone tired this hack, or know if it will do what I'm after, i.e., making the lights follow the ignition.

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Hi,

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...

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Old 12-31-2006, 08:01 AM   #5
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MNBoxster wrote:
> 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...


Oh poop -- I knew that would be too easy. I guess it's back to the drawing board then. But thanks again.

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

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Old 01-02-2007, 06:31 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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if you had a mitsu galant you wouldnt be looking for this, my moms car does this, her lights are always on, and the switch is turned all the way to ON position, when leaving u take the key out and they still on, as soon as you open the door all lights turn off.
kinda kool
my camaro on the other hand was weird, when it would get dark they would come on as soon as u put the handbrake down and whatever u try u cant turn them off (kinda annoying tho), so no drivebys w that thing hehehe
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