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Old 04-11-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
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This isn't really a technical question but just curious do any of your 05-09 4.0's turn off street lights? Lots of the time I'll be out driving around and street lights, long rows of them, will simultaneously shut off as I pass by. Have any of you noticed this? It scares the crap outta me sometimes because a well lit street suddenly goes black lol... I have stock headlights in it, just wondering what would cause this. Perhaps the angle my lights are at is just enough to make the street lights think it's daytime or something? It doesnt do it with every street light but in two separate towns I visit regularly there are certain spots it happens every time and only with the Mustang. There was even one spot I thought was cool on the highway because it shut each light off one by one as I passed by for like 3-4 lights then it stopped
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Weird!
I do know some streets lights around here automatically shuts off. Street lights are not always in top working order and when they get to hot they shut off to cool down. I was walking my dog the other night and it happened.
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lmao I want a video. Not that I don't believe you (who would make this up) but that sounds really funny. Honestly don't know what could cause it besides some kind of electrical interference.
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This isn't really a technical question but just curious do any of your 05-09 4.0's turn off street lights? Lots of the time I'll be out driving around and street lights, long rows of them, will simultaneously shut off as I pass by. There was even one spot I thought was cool on the highway because it shut each light off one by one as I passed by for like 3-4 lights then it stopped
Turning off as you approach them, maybe.
But as you pass by them, NO.
I want video proof or I call BS.
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I perfectly understand calling a BS on this one, I probably would too if it weren't happening to me. I dont have a video recorder but I'll try to see if my friend does sometime this week and I'll try to get the video made lol (or does anyone know of an iPhone app for video recording that works good?)
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if your lights are lighting up the lamp then it turns off, maybe....

very unlikely though
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if your lights are lighting up the lamp then it turns off, maybe....

very unlikely though
I was thinking something like this too - and I live in a place with lots of turns sharp turns/hills so perhaps with the combination of those and my headlights I hit the sensors.
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dude your stang is haunted by a ghost! lol
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uhh this kinda happened to me tonight, but I just assumed it was weird timing.

As I recall, I passed the lamp on the highway and saw it flicker off.. thought it was odd, but then another lamp right after that did it too..

Anomaly, probably.. but it could be a combination of timing/city cutting power costs/ghost lights..

Or maybe its all BS..?
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uhh this kinda happened to me tonight, but I just assumed it was weird timing.

As I recall, I passed the lamp on the highway and saw it flicker off.. thought it was odd, but then another lamp right after that did it too..

Anomaly, probably.. but it could be a combination of timing/city cutting power costs/ghost lights..

Or maybe its all BS..?
Ha so I'm not the only one!
Seriously though tomorrow night I'll try to get a video of it made. It does it 9/10 times I drive through this one road, another road does it around 50% of the time, and the highway random lights shutoff
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Turning off as you approach them, maybe.
But as you pass by them, NO.
I want video proof or I call BS.
Why is them turning off as he approaches more feasible? Because of his headlights?
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when the photoeye sences light it turns the light off.... i suppose if his lights are horribly aimed they could fake the sensors into thinking it is light out and turning them off.

I know my bright flashlight will turn off those solar power lights for sidewalks...
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Why is them turning off as he approaches more feasible? Because of his headlights?
The street lights are overhead when passing them, and the headlights are pointed to the horizion.
Unless you have headlights that track an object thats 15 feet above you as you approach it and pass it.
The sensors have a time delay so lightning and such dont fool them.
I know of no street light with sensors that react in any less time
than 20 seconds of continous bright light.
Approaching headlights are just not bright enough and as soon
as you get close enough for them to be bright enough, the street
light is no longer in front of you but overhead out of the beam of
the headlights.

Solor Powered lights for sidewalks are instantanious in their operation...
Street lights, NO.

MH and HPS bulbs on the verge of burning out 'cycle' at the rate of
5 min on and 10 min off until they are dead.
They have bi-metallic strips in them that react
to the heat and switch a resistor in and out of circuit dependent
of the heat being produced. MH and HPS bulbs are tricky suckers...
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The street lights are overhead when passing them, and the headlights are pointed to the horizion.
Unless you have headlights that track an object thats 15 feet above you as you approach it and pass it.
The sensors have a time delay so lightning and such dont fool them.
I know of no street light with sensors that react in any less time
than 20 seconds of continous bright light.
Approaching headlights are just not bright enough and as soon
as you get close enough for them to be bright enough, the street
light is no longer in front of you but overhead out of the beam of
the headlights.

Solor Powered lights for sidewalks are instantanious in their operation...
Street lights, NO.

MH and HPS bulbs on the verge of burning out 'cycle' at the rate of
5 min on and 10 min off until they are dead.
They have bi-metallic strips in them that react
to the heat and switch a resistor in and out of circuit dependent
of the heat being produced. MH and HPS bulbs are tricky suckers...
157db is closest...
Older street lights will re-act after getting too hot and turn off, they usually do it in order because they come on in order. Newer street lights run more efficient so they don't do this.

Also, street lights still go on timers and will turn off and back on in order. I have seen this myself just sitting someplace and noticing it.

If you want a conspiracy theory (please dont believe it) look up SLI (Street Light Interference) some people believe they emit signals which turn off lights
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157db is closest...
Older street lights will re-act after getting too hot and turn off, they usually do it in order because they come on in order. Newer street lights run more efficient so they don't do this.

Also, street lights still go on timers and will turn off and back on in order. I have seen this myself just sitting someplace and noticing it.

If you want a conspiracy theory (please dont believe it) look up SLI (Street Light Interference) some people believe they emit signals which turn off lights
It gets worse at Xmas time, no?
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MIRT
Produce the proper strobe rate and all the lights will turn from red to green for you.
Fire Trucks have this and some foolish people have tried it with great success...
Kits are available on the internet.
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does that actually work?
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^The question I have is does it change the lights to yellow then red for everybody else?
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I'm trying to get a video together, I'll try to get one by next week of this lol. This weeks weather has been crap and I cant find a camera to use for filming
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