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Outdoor lamps on till dawn mod

by Marhis Posted 5th Mar 2007 at 6:31 PM - Updated 16th Oct 2008 at 6:22 AM by Marhis : Checked compatibility, fixed links
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I've never understood why outdoor lights will turn off at 2 am: it's annoying, expecially for street lamps, and also useless.

This mod turn off outdoor lights only at dawn (7 am); it's a global mod and it affects any lamp positioned outdoor (garden, street, etc.), as shown in screenshot.

It works in base game and/or with Uni, NL, OfB, Pets, Seasons, BV, FT and AL.

[the house depicted in screenshot is one of Backdoor Lane series by plasticbox, specifically this one.]

Additional Credits:
Thanks to SimPE creators, Peter and Inge Jones for PJSE, and all the amazing people here on MTS2, on MATY and many other places, who always provide help, tutoring and support of any kind to simmers.

Compatibility issues
This mod is NOT compatible with Numenor/Dizzy's Smarter Lights mod; my mod uses one of the same BHAV that mod includes, so they are mutually excluded. No workaround or solution available at this moment, sorry.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
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Size: 311 Bytes · Downloads: 14,754 · 5th Mar 2007
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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The Quiet One
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#2 Old 5th Mar 2007 at 6:52 PM Last edited by daysies : 5th Mar 2007 at 6:57 PM.
Marhis, I love having the lights on outside, but unfortunately, this doesn't work with Numenor's smarter lights hack. The outdoor lights will still turn off once my Sim goes inside. So you can have one or the other, but not both. Just wanted to let you know.

Field Researcher
5th Mar 2007 at 7:11 PM
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Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#3 Old 5th Mar 2007 at 7:14 PM
Uh thanks, I didn't think about that mod, I'll try to see if there's some tweak I can do to have them work together, if is possible.
#4 Old 5th Mar 2007 at 7:40 PM
It's annoyed me for a long time that the outside lights turn off at 2 a.m., so thank you very much for this hack!

I made some mods for The Sims 1 -- yes, The Sims ONE :-) -- which you can find at
Mad Poster
#5 Old 5th Mar 2007 at 8:09 PM
I'll download it and try it in my game which has pets and seasons installed. Thanks.

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Field Researcher
#6 Old 5th Mar 2007 at 8:56 PM
Originally Posted by Menaceman44
I'll download it and try it in my game which has pets and seasons installed. Thanks.

You will have to tell me if it works right, because this is a great mod! It makes no sense for them to turn off at 2, I never understood that!
Field Researcher
#7 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 2:12 AM

This may sound like a silly question, but after unzipping this, where does it go? In the downloads folder?

is it can be sims tiem now plees?
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 2:25 PM
Field Researcher
#9 Old 7th Mar 2007 at 12:26 PM
I have tested it with both, pets and seasons installed, and it works too.

Thank you for this, I was sick of turning lights on/off manually because I didn't want them to go off at 2am.
Mad Poster
#10 Old 8th Mar 2007 at 7:34 PM
Yeah, it works in my game with Pets and Seasons as well!

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Field Researcher
#11 Old 13th Mar 2007 at 12:14 PM
Thanks so much! This haa been so annoying, I can't understand why Maxis turned off the outdoor lamps in the middle of the night!
Test Subject
#12 Old 20th Mar 2007 at 7:32 PM
Great mod! Really needed to correct a stupid Maxis thing! thank you!
Test Subject
#13 Old 21st Mar 2007 at 5:57 AM
My install includes both Pets and Seasons, and this mod appears to be working as designed. Outside lights are turning off at 7am, rather than the 2am Eaxis design.
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 16th Apr 2007 at 8:09 AM
sweet mod

definitely beats the crappy 2am deal

This graw is FRENSHAY!!!!
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 12th Sep 2007 at 7:51 AM
Perfect hack!!

Hey, would you mind sharing those rowhouses that appear with your screenshots? If they are not your creations, where did you find them?
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 1st Oct 2007 at 1:44 AM
Has someone tested this with Bon Voyage?
Mad Poster
#17 Old 1st Oct 2007 at 8:36 PM
I have Bon Voayage and it still seems to work.

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Test Subject
#18 Old 15th Nov 2011 at 12:20 AM
Other thing i noticed when ask turn off all lights even outdoor lights i kept wounding why witch meant inside not outside. witch i saw this when my sims out commie lots and lights go out 2am find it odd annoying turning it back on.
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 5:51 AM
I keep saying, "Why are the lights off?" Thanks this has been bugging me for years!
Test Subject
#20 Old 28th Oct 2015 at 4:56 PM
Thank you :)
Forum Resident
#21 Old 26th Feb 2018 at 1:09 AM
omg i Always wanted this but i didn't found this till now, i'll use it ASAP
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 4th Jul 2018 at 5:51 PM Last edited by LadyGray01 : 4th Jul 2018 at 7:46 PM.
Thanks! Still works great with UC.