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Old 01-30-2012, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Headlight buzzer

We took the car to dinner last night and I forgot to turn the lights off. We came out of the restaurant about 2 hours later to discover the parking lights were still on. I got lucky this time since the car actually started. I'm planning to install a simple buzzer circuit to help me remember next time, but thought I would ask if there was already a common solution for this. Other than getting a memory what have you done to prevent this from happening?

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Old 01-30-2012, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jeff, Scott Drake sells a headlight warning buzzer kit for classic Mustangs that is a four wire hook up (ignition switch, headlight switch, power, ground). You can get it from any large Mustang vendor such as Mustangs Unlimited, National Parts Depot, etc.

The Drake PN is C6AZ-14931-AR. This uses a modern car buzzer sound.

I have a NOS Rotunda/Ford headlight warning kit in my '66 Mustang and it literally is a metal can with a rocking hammer in it that hammers the inside of the can like an alarm clock. But it works! LOL

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Old 01-30-2012, 04:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You could wander to your local NAPA store and ask for #782-1637 - sells for about $6.69. . .
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I put one in my build when I did the dash wiring. Used a Radio Shack 273-071 80dB chime. Wired with a relay to chime when the light switch is ON (in either park or headlight position) and ignition OFF. I have the schematic somewhere in my file at home if you're interested. The commercial products mentioned are fine (and maybe a bit cheaper) I just decided to go this way. I worried because both of our DD's have fully automatic lights and I was positive I would forget and drain the battery at some point.

Note: The 80db chime was way too loud. Didn't need to be reminded that much! I mounted the chime face down and it was just right.
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A keyed battery master switch, would also alleviate this problem. Might prevent the car from being stolen as well..
If I park my car anywhere that I cant keep a close eye on it, I switch it off, and pocket the key.
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I'm going with the high tech solution of ISIS, utter overkill if this was the only problem I wished to solve, but a freebie since i'm already getting it.

it can also monitor battery power left, and shut down everything if it gets low enough that starting the car would be an issue.
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Been looking for an excuse to try my new Christmas GoPro. Just recorded this quick video of the Radio Shack chime I mentioned in post #4. It's a little louder than the GoPro picked up, but not too much. I just wanted a gentle reminder.



This is how I wired it. Radio Shack 273-071 80dB chime and a standard relay. This is from my shop notes. Only thing missing is some greasy fingerprints. You electric wiring gurus don't beat me up too bad. It works.



Here's a partial picture of the dash wiring, before the body was installed. The Radio Shack chime is the round circle just below center. I mounted it face down, and could adjust the volume by how tight I made the mounting screws. There are two relays below it. The one on the right is for the chime. The other is for my fog lights.

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I like the sound of the chime and think I'm going to go that way. I have an extra relay in the garage so all I'll need is the chime. Thanks for the great video. Bye the way your wire routing is impeccable.

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You could wander to your local NAPA store and ask for #782-1637 - sells for about $6.69. . .
That's a good tip! Thanks!

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You could wander to your local NAPA store and ask for #782-1637 - sells for about $6.69. . .
What does this one sound like(chime, buzzer, bell)?

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