I have '95 Thunderbird that I recently had switched over to a '97 center console set-up. I'm wondering now if the shop that did this changed something in how the cigarette lighter socket functions or if I simply never paid attention before (I used to own another '95 Thunderbird). I also own a '93 Honda Accord and when I turn the car off the cigarette lighter in that car loses power, whatever is plugged into it no longer receives electricity. But my Thunderbird keeps the cigarette lighter activated even with the car off. Is that normal? The shop, I believe, extended the wiring from the original cigarette lighter (in the middle of the console) up to the new location (under the stereo). Is the cigarette lighter normally supposed to lose power with the ignition off? I can see an advantage to having power still going to it but I don't remember other cars I've owned acting that way.