Author Topic: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?  (Read 48 times)

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2018, 12:59:27 AM »
Too bad about that. I've noticed the MIL's Ford really lights up.

My 2004 Grand Cherokee has some nice user-configurable items in the overhead console display. Like, enabling/disabling lights when door locks/unlocks, and a couple other items. But I also discovered that once I park at a dark site and have the tailgate up, I can depress the dome light above the tailgate and it will disable ALL internal lights. If, however, I open a front door, they will come on and I can't disable that, but the rear-disable is nice.

A previous car had DRLs and there were two ways to disable that. The least intrusive was to pull the parking brake to the first click. That was enough to turn off the DRLs without engaging the brake. The more intrusive and my final change was simply to disable the DRLs by unplugging that module (plugged back in when sold).

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2018, 09:31:51 PM »
Mine does this too when I open and close the doors.

2011 Ford Escape.

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2018, 09:49:05 PM »
I'm still considering trading my car in on a new car if I can find a new car with old fashioned lights (and within my budget).

Does anyone know if the interior and exterior lights on a 2016 Subaru Outback are astronomy-friendly?

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2018, 10:05:12 PM »
AJ,

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Does anyone know if the interior and exterior lights on a 2016 Subaru Outback are astronomy-friendly?


 I am not sure about the 2016 Outback model but the the 2010 - 2014 models are pretty astronomy friendly. I have a 2010 Outback and most of the interior dash lights are red / amber. It has switches for front and back door lights as well as the rear hatch. The switches allow for On / Off / Front Door control. My Outback does have a few glitches related to star party use but I have no major light problems.

 The things that are not astronomy friendly are:
1) Puddle lights (Option) - I covered mine with red tail-light repair tape and they are good now. (These lights are under the running boards and point directly at the ground.)

2) Front Door Ground lights - Again, I have covered these with tail-light repair tape. They come on under the front doors when open but point straight down and are not a problem once covered.

3) Daylight Running Lights - These do not have a switch but it's easy to pull the relay when at a star party.

4) Hazard / Security Lights - The amber lights front and back flash once if you use the remote to unlock or lock the doors. If you put the Security System into Valet Mode and use the key to enter the car, and lock the door using the door button, they will no longer flash. I can keep the car locked and unlock, enter, and re-lock without any flashing lights.

5) Dash Door / Hatch Indicator Light - There is no easy way to keep the dash door status indicator lights from coming on when a door or hatch is open. They are not overly bright and I usually just throw a towel over the steering wheel to block any light from the indicators. These lights as well as puddle lights will go out after 10 minutes as the battery saver function kicks in.

 Overall, the Outback has been quite friendly for use at star parties. I usually park near the observing area when at star parties and don't generate enough light from the car to have ever elicited a complaint.John

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2018, 10:50:31 PM »
John, thanks. That is good, helpful information. I'm going to stop by a Subaru dealer and look at an Outback.

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2018, 11:00:56 PM »
Drive an old beater...gone now, but the last decent astro vehicle I had was a 2005 Ford Escape.....all the lights had on/off switches, no headlights/parking lights till you turned them on.

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2018, 12:36:05 AM »
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AJ,

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Does anyone know if the interior and exterior lights on a 2016 Subaru Outback are astronomy-friendly?


 I am not sure about the 2016 Outback model but the the 2010 - 2014 models are pretty astronomy friendly. I have a 2010 Outback and most of the interior dash lights are red / amber. It has switches for front and back door lights as well as the rear hatch. The switches allow for On / Off / Front Door control. My Outback does have a few glitches related to star party use but I have no major light problems.

 The things that are not astronomy friendly are:
1) Puddle lights (Option) - I covered mine with red tail-light repair tape and they are good now. (These lights are under the running boards and point directly at the ground.)

2) Front Door Ground lights - Again, I have covered these with tail-light repair tape. They come on under the front doors when open but point straight down and are not a problem once covered.

3) Daylight Running Lights - These do not have a switch but it's easy to pull the relay when at a star party.

4) Hazard / Security Lights - The amber lights front and back flash once if you use the remote to unlock or lock the doors. If you put the Security System into Valet Mode and use the key to enter the car, and lock the door using the door button, they will no longer flash. I can keep the car locked and unlock, enter, and re-lock without any flashing lights.

5) Dash Door / Hatch Indicator Light - There is no easy way to keep the dash door status indicator lights from coming on when a door or hatch is open. They are not overly bright and I usually just throw a towel over the steering wheel to block any light from the indicators. These lights as well as puddle lights will go out after 10 minutes as the battery saver function kicks in.

 Overall, the Outback has been quite friendly for use at star parties. I usually park near the observing area when at star parties and don't generate enough light from the car to have ever elicited a complaint.John

Re 3) daylight lights will switch off if you pull up a click or two on the parking brake.

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2018, 05:49:36 AM »
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Re 3) daylight lights will switch off if you pull up a click or two on the parking brake.


 There is a problem. You must not own a Gen-4 or later Outback. The parking / emergency brake on the 2010 and later Outbacks is electronic. You push a button and it engages, you pull the button and it disengages. There is no one-click setting any more; it's all or nothing. You either pull the DRL relay or wire a switch into its ground path if you wish to have control over the lights.

 It's really too bad, the pull up one click method works well on almost all other cars... sigh...John

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2018, 02:42:02 AM »
Soon, you won't have any vehicle control anyway....then, when THEY feel you need to replace your car...you'll find you have too...it'll just quit running....it'll be forced down your throat as a safety issue.....just be sure to transfer the trunkload of guns when switching vehicles....

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2018, 10:31:07 AM »
Change new car for astronomy-friendly? It sound weird.

I think take outfuse is a good enough solution asthe most car has dedicated fuse for interior light. If you need to do this quite often, just put some switch to turn off. If you don't know how, car audio shop can help you.

Light from dash board or can easily cover by plastic sheets or black trash bags. You can cut it in shape and keep it for reuse.

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2018, 10:11:04 PM »
I have a similar issue I could use advice on.

My new minivan (hey, I have a 5 year old and a 4 month old...) fits all my astronomy kit really well and gets me out to a dark site in comfort. It happens to be one of those Toyota Sienna models, with all the upgrades.

I have finally figured out how to make all the various lights some coming on when opening doors etc. What is really irking me though is the parking lights.

When I switch from headlights to parking lights I think it would be hard to notice the difference. No faint yellow tinted things here...these are bright white, only saving grace is a bit more diffuse than the headlights. Because of the aforementioned children I end up making it to dark sites on the later side, trying to make sure I don't kill anybody or destroy anything while pulling in next to others. But it has to be very aggravating for the folks there as these darned parking lights might as well be spotlights.

Any suggestions on something I could do, temporary-like on nights I am going out to a dark site, to temper down my "parking lights"? Some sort of tape product I could slap on top that would still give me enough light to not kill anybody?

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2018, 06:46:25 AM »
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I have a similar issue I could use advice on.

My new minivan (hey, I have a 5 year old and a 4 month old...) fits all my astronomy kit really well and gets me out to a dark site in comfort. It happens to be one of those Toyota Sienna models, with all the upgrades.

I have finally figured out how to make all the various lights some coming on when opening doors etc. What is really irking me though is the parking lights.

When I switch from headlights to parking lights I think it would be hard to notice the difference. No faint yellow tinted things here...these are bright white, only saving grace is a bit more diffuse than the headlights. Because of the aforementioned children I end up making it to dark sites on the later side, trying to make sure I don't kill anybody or destroy anything while pulling in next to others. But it has to be very aggravating for the folks there as these darned parking lights might as well be spotlights.

Any suggestions on something I could do, temporary-like on nights I am going out to a dark site, to temper down my "parking lights"? Some sort of tape product I could slap on top that would still give me enough light to not kill anybody?


Dilute some yellow-colored house paint (latex or enamel) and brush-paint it lightly, perhaps? (Test on a scrap piece of transparent plastic first.)

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2018, 07:54:40 AM »
I don't know that the wife would be impressed with any solution that doesn't come off any other time.

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Re: How can I minimize the light show my car puts on?
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2018, 09:49:51 AM »
I had my 2012 Escape reprogrammed by the Ford dealer to turn off "welcome illumination" and "perimeter lighting." Details here:http://www.covington...ex.html#x110929