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post #1 of 8 Old 04-06-2011, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Dash lights

Hello!

I'm just curious if this is happening to everyone else, or just me??

When the DRL are on, the dash lights are nice and bright when set to the max setting. However, when the headlights go on, the brightness of the dash lights decreases by at least 40%-50%.

If you are also experiencing this, have you figured out a way to get the brightness to go back up to full capacity?

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Same thing happens with mine
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I cover the sensor in the middle of the dash. I don't have DRLs so it may be different.


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Covering the sensor would only force the headlights to come on, hence dimming the lights. I don't have DRLs but why would you want your dash lights to stay bright at night. It only dims them when it senses the ambient light is below a certain level so it dims them so as to avoid blinding you and decreasing your night vision.

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Covering the sensor would only force the headlights to come on, hence dimming the lights. I don't have DRLs but why would you want your dash lights to stay bright at night. It only dims them when it senses the ambient light is below a certain level so it dims them so as to avoid blinding you and decreasing your night vision.
I hear what you're saying about being blinded, however, I should be able to decide for myself if the lights are too bright for my liking. If a driver cannot determine whether it's too bright for his or her eyes, which would make it unsafe to drive at night, then that person should not be driving.

I personally would not have it set to the brightest setting when it's completely dark out, but I would certainly have it a lot brighter than what it's governed to. My past few vehicle were never that dim, but, if there's no option to adjust this, then I'll have to live with it!
Not the end of the world, just little things that would be nice to have control over.

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Maybe a stupid question, but have you adjusted the brightness of the dash lights up once the headlights come on. The computer remembers both settings and I believe you can only adjust the night lights once the sensor thinks it's dark.

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Maybe a stupid question, but have you adjusted the brightness of the dash lights up once the headlights come on. The computer remembers both settings and I believe you can only adjust the night lights once the sensor thinks it's dark.
No, not a stupid question, as we sometimes miss the simplest of things....
But, I did try that, so that's not the problem!

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I'm not 100% on this but I know it happens on my 05' F150 and I believe the reason behind it is that when your main headlights come on the truck assumes it's dark out and dims the dash to compensate for the lower ambient light. It assumes there isn't glare making the dimmed dash just as easy to read. I may off interpreted the question wrong. Is this what you where wondering?
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