Automatic Lights

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Bromsgroveuser
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Post by Bromsgroveuser » Sat Nov 20, 2021 2:09 pm

Anyone else finding the automatic lights too sensitive , 13.45 today a little bit overcast but not dark by any means , no street lights on and no other cars headlights on and on pop mine and can't do anything about it because of the setup , much too sensitive and odds looking at vw
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Post by Newfie » Sat Nov 20, 2021 2:50 pm

Bromsgroveuser wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 2:09 pm
Anyone else finding the automatic lights too sensitive , 13.45 today a little bit overcast but not dark by any means , no street lights on and no other cars headlights on and on pop mine and can't do anything about it because of the setup , much too sensitive and odds looking at vw
I'm only going by my Tiguan as still waiting for my ID 3 but on the Tiguan within the settings you have 3 different light settings for sensitiv.
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Post by Bromsgroveuser » Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:08 pm

Newfie wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 2:50 pm
Bromsgroveuser wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 2:09 pm
Anyone else finding the automatic lights too sensitive , 13.45 today a little bit overcast but not dark by any means , no street lights on and no other cars headlights on and on pop mine and can't do anything about it because of the setup , much too sensitive and odds looking at vw
I'm only going by my Tiguan as still waiting for my ID 3 but on the Tiguan within the settings you have 3 different light settings for sensitiv.
Never found anything similar but if anyone can tell me how I'd be more than grateful , mind you I've had 2 Tiguans and never noticed that setting so what do i know
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Post by EVOWNER101 » Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:29 pm

Found this in the latest available online manual, may be out of date now of course:

Automatic headlights
When the automatic headlights function is switched on, the vehicle lighting and the instrument and switch lighting will switch on under the following conditions.
—The light sensor has detected darkness.
— The windscreen wipers have been switched on for an extended period.
When the lights are switched on, the indicator lamp lights up yellow.
The automatic headlights function is merely an aid and will not always be able to detect all driving situations.
In vehicles with a corresponding equipment level, the switch-on time of the automatic headlights can be set in the vehicle settings in the Infotainment system (→ Vehicle settings menu) .

There is also a note to the effect that the light sensor may be fooled if the area in front of the light sensor is not clean.

My EGolf auto lights are quite sensitive too but it also has running lights. I am no longer surprised at how sensitive they are TBH. In my experience while my lights might come on earlier than others, I usually note other lights on other vehicles shortly thereafter.
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Post by monkeyhanger » Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:34 pm

There's a late setting that isn't particularly late in putting the lights on, but why sweat it? Do you think that the amount of drain those LED lights are putting out will have much affect on your range? If they're pulling 100w an hour on a 3 hour motorway journey you're looking at 0.5% , or a little more than that on a series of shorter journeys but well under 1%.

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Post by andrewparker » Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:34 pm

Out of interest, why does it bother you?
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Post by Bromsgroveuser » Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:57 pm

I just don't see the point of riding round with the headlights switched on in the middle of the day , I've had Volkswagens for years and the id3 is sensitive to the extreme , its now 2 hours later and the street lights still aren't on ☀️☀️
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Post by Scratch » Sat Nov 20, 2021 4:09 pm

Bromsgroveuser wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:57 pm
I just don't see the point of riding round with the headlights switched on in the middle of the day , I've had Volkswagens for years and the id3 is sensitive to the extreme , its now 2 hours later and the street lights still aren't on ☀️☀️
Personally I wouldn’t worry about it. There are so many vehicles running around with their fog lights permanently on, you won’t look daft.

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Post by monkeyhanger » Sat Nov 20, 2021 4:30 pm

Bromsgroveuser wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:57 pm
, I've had Volkswagens for years and the id3 is sensitive to the extreme , its now 2 hours later and the street lights still aren't on ☀️☀️
I'd have to disagree with you there - VW auto lights always kick in very early, even when set to late or high transparency (as the early adjustments were)

I've had 2 MK5 Golfs, 2 Sciroccos, 2 MK7 Golf's and 2 MK6 Polo's (and a few Audis) all with auto lights fitted as standard.

It's really not unusual for those cars to put the dipped lights an hour earlier than the start of sunset on a cloudless day, and much earlier on a cloudier one.

If there was a noticeable dran on the batteries for having them on, I'd perhaps sympathise, but at 0.5-1%, it's a non issue.

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Post by MotMot » Sat Nov 20, 2021 4:41 pm

Seems fine to me. Coming from a a Volvo though 😁

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