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Can time shifting be turned off?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by mangurian, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Kolenka

    Kolenka New Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    Newer model cars include daytime running lights to get that benefit (with lower power draw). Even newer cars have auto headlights so we can be ultra-lazy about turning on headlights in low-light situations and when dusk approaches, which are two key times where headlights at full brightness benefit visibility (I wish more people would turn headlights on in foggy conditions though). I prefer it over the rule of thumb of always leaving them at full brightness, since they can also be a glare risk. So it is possible to drive defensively while not actively using the headlights yourself. :)

    I mostly wish we didn't seem to be on a trend with headlights to be making them constantly brighter and a larger risk to night driving (or having folks muck with the aiming of the headlights to "get more distance"). Sure, brighter headlights on my car help me, but introduce a bigger risk to everyone around me. I love it when I can drive at night without anyone else on the road within my field of vision, since I can actually dark adapt enough to help see beyond the headlights, as long as I am not using the high beams. Although I know I'll very likely lose that ability as I get older.
  2. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    I'm surprised that would matter much. (Although admittedly if you never use headlights you can never accidently leave them off after turning off the car. Draining a battery flat will definitely shorten it's life)

    I'd expect that the car's alternator could produce enough electricity to run the lights / stereo / etc while still charging the battery. So with the engine running I wouldn't expect headlights on vs headlights off to impact battery use; it'd still be charged up. And headlights shouldn't be anything next to the drain of actually starting the car; that's what takes such a big battery.

    I'm be more likely to chalk up a 9 year old battery to it being a bit oversized (compared to normal for that class of vehicle), or longer trips (less eginine starting), or mild weather (extreme hot or cold can damage batteries)... But what do I know

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