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Old 06-13-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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Ok, so this feels like one of those stupid n00b questions, but I don't recall seeing one while I had the car, and I can't find anything about it in TFM....

With the headlights on AUTOMATIC, is there any (interior of course) indication that they're on???

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Ok, so this feels like one of those stupid n00b questions, but I don't recall seeing one while I had the car, and I can't find anything about it in TFM....

With the headlights on AUTOMATIC, is there any (interior of course) indication that they're on???

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Interesting question. My answer: Not that I know of. I guess just the rotary switch in the auto position. If you flick the light stalk for high beams you will see the blue (I think it is blue) high-beam indicator, but beyond that I don't think there is anything else. I sometimes have to look around to see if I can see my lights reflected in some surface like a shop's glass window, but I guess really no indicator saying "the lights are on"
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Interesting question. My answer: Not that I know of. I guess just the rotary switch in the auto position. If you flick the light stalk for high beams you will see the blue (I think it is blue) high-beam indicator, but beyond that I don't think there is anything else. I sometimes have to look around to see if I can see my lights reflected in some surface like a shop's glass window, but I guess really no indicator saying "the lights are on"
The Nav screen changes to "night" mode when the headlights turn on via the Auto selection. That's the only indication I've seen that the lights are on.
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There is an indication. If the rotary switch is on AUTO and the lowbeams are activated the yellow marked symbol is green illuminated. Unfortunately it is permanent illuminated if you have coded on "scandinavian" (means drl and rearlights are on).


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The Nav screen changes to "night" mode when the headlights turn on via the Auto selection. That's the only indication I've seen that the lights are on.
Unless, of course, if you have the nav screen set to "day" full time. (i'm not fond of the night mode).
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The backlighting for all of the buttons like the HVAC controls, etc will light up red when the headlights are on right?
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The backlighting for all of the buttons like the HVAC controls, etc will light up red when the headlights are on right?
No, not necessarily. If the headlights are activated because, for instance, your wipers are on, but there is still sufficient daylight, the inside backlights and other inside nighttime illumination will not be activated.

The answer to the OP is that the only indication is as DVE said, the headlight marker lights up. Unfortunately it is a real pain to see it (I am tall and the angle is horrendous). It would be nice if there was a dashboard indicator, but at least there is something
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The answer to the OP is that the only indication is as DVE said, the headlight marker lights up. Unfortunately it is a real pain to see it (I am tall and the angle is horrendous). It would be nice if there was a dashboard indicator, but at least there is something
Thanks to you both! I recall that I too had a tough time with the angle to the headlight switch - it's IMO intended to be operated, not observed - so Audi putting the auto-light indication there is odd. I think the C5 auto-lights showed up in the instrument cluster - with all that the C7 cluster can do, it's sad there's no lights-on indication

At least I can probably remember to look at the light switch if I want to know whether they've come on or not. Sure would be nice if there were a way to recode via VCDS to make this better!
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I always found it crazy that there are dash indicators if the clock is getting the time from GPS, auto high beam, high beam on, but nothing for low beam lights when on auto.

Surely a GPS clock indicator is less relevant than headlights, especially when the switch is prone to knee bumps.
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No, not necessarily. If the headlights are activated because, for instance, your wipers are on, but there is still sufficient daylight, the inside backlights and other inside nighttime illumination will not be activated.

The answer to the OP is that the only indication is as DVE said, the headlight marker lights up. Unfortunately it is a real pain to see it (I am tall and the angle is horrendous). It would be nice if there was a dashboard indicator, but at least there is something
Honestly, I haven't seen the headlights come on just because the wipers come on. Because there's been a couple of times when I'm sitting behind another car and the wipers are on, but I can see the reflection of my lights and only the LED running lights are on (which are actually quite bright). So I go ahead and manually turn on the headlights. Maybe it's only LED headlights that come on with the wipers? I have a Premium Plus with HID headlights.
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Honestly, I haven't seen the headlights come on just because the wipers come on. Because there's been a couple of times when I'm sitting behind another car and the wipers are on, but I can see the reflection of my lights and only the LED running lights are on (which are actually quite bright). So I go ahead and manually turn on the headlights. Maybe it's only LED headlights that come on with the wipers? I have a Premium Plus with HID headlights.
I have the LED's and I can confirm they do not come on when the wipers do. I wish they would as in my state you must have your headlights on if your wipers are on.
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My LED headlights do come on with the wipers in Auto, but only after a couple of minutes of continuous wiper operation. I'm guessing it's designed to ensure there's a steady rain so they don't constantly switch on an off in a light drizzle.
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My LED headlights do come on with the wipers in Auto, but only after a couple of minutes of continuous wiper operation. I'm guessing it's designed to ensure there's a steady rain so they don't constantly switch on an off in a light drizzle.
+1, however, the Nav stays in DAY mode, very confusing, saw the reflection from the car in front before knowing the lights are on.
Normally, when the light comes on with the switch in auto, the Nav goes into night mode (if the map is set to auto day/night), not so when the wipers are on. Does your car do the same?
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+1, however, the Nav stays in DAY mode, very confusing, saw the reflection from the car in front before knowing the lights are on.
Normally, when the light comes on with the switch in auto, the Nav goes into night mode (if the map is set to auto day/night), not so when the wipers are on. Does your car do the same?
I believe the nav screen in auto mode operates from the same ambient light sensor as the auto headlights (and automatically varies the screen brightness). If so, when the headlights are activated by the wipers, that overrides the light sensor and would be independent of the nav screen. Which makes sense since it wouldn't be desirable for the nav screen to go into night mode during the day just because it's raining. In any case, I leave my nav in day mode all the time - I find the night mode is hard to read.
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