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Car light function

Dean50Posted by Dean50 on Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:23am in Driving, hiring, buying and owning a car
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Please can I advise or remind all drivers anywhere, about 90% of all cars on the road in Europe have auto headlight function, if this is in the on position which is located on the stalk switch next to steering wheel this function is only for headlights to be ON , it does NOT have the rear red lights on .

The only way all front and rear lights are working on this function, is when daylight reduces to darkness and they automatically come on .

If you have ever driven in bright sunshine on a glorious sunny day and gone through a tunnel if you look at your instrument panel you will see your green lights illuminate this means ALL your lights are now on front and rear but as soon as you come out of the tunnel the green dash board lights go off , this means only your headlights are ON .

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I understand that many may not know this but it's very important as yesterday driving in heavy rain a vast majority of cars had no rear lights on , because the driver may be thinking all lights are working but it's again I have to say it's headlights only , for your safety and others if in rain or weather a bit murky please manually switch on your headlights, you will know they are working as the green light symbol on instrument panel will illuminate , you can put back to auto function once weather clears up .

Hope I have made it clear to understand 


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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:38am

This function may vary according to make and model.

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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:32am

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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:32am

killjoy wrote on Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:38am:

This function may vary according to make and model.

I appreciate that but isn't it best to check unless you want to list the thousands of models .

I gave some info , if you don't want to adheed to it that's your choice 

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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:59pm

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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:59pm

This post that was quoted has been deleted.

Thanks for info , not sure why you told me this but much appreciated

The Lincoln is a US build I did day cars in Europe , I know you or prior owners imported it to UK or Spain but it's not what I class as European use .

How many franchise dealers are there were you can buy a Lincoln new in Spain , so let's face it your reply was about as much use as a chocolate teapot ☹️

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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:04pm

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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:04pm

Dean, I think you may be confusing auto headlights with DLR's (daytime running lights).

Auto headlights activate the front and rear lights in low light conditions when set to "Auto". The switch can also activate the side and/or headlights manually as with tradicional car lights.

DLR's, which are only at the front of a vehicle, have been mandatory under European type approval for a number of years now. They are activated when the engine is switched, on regardless of the headlight setting or light conditions. 

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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:30pm

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Cookep1 wrote on Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:04pm:

Dean, I think you may be confusing auto headlights with DLR's (daytime running lights).

Auto headlights activate the front and rear lights in low light conditions when set to "Auto". The switch can also activate the side and/or headlights manually as with tradicional car lights.

DLR's, which are only at the front of a vehicle, have been mandatory under European type approval for a number of years now. They are activated when the engine is switched, on regardless of the headlight setting or light conditions. 

I know , what I am saying in thick grey cloud and heavy rain people assume there rear lights are on IF the light conditions isn't dark enough it don't automatically put rear lights on .

I know DLR but others don't I am not getting mixed up it's that other drivers THINK all lights are on .

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Dean50 wrote on Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:30pm:

I know , what I am saying in thick grey cloud and heavy rain people assume there rear lights are on IF the light conditions isn't dark enough it don't automatically put rear lights on .

I know DLR but others don't I am not getting mixed up it's that other drivers THINK all lights are on .

Dean,

If it isn't dark enough to activate the vehicles lights, front and rear, then the auto light function won't activate any. The function does not operate the front lights independently of the rear. The only independant front lights are DLR's and these are not controlled by the auto light function. 

Paul

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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:57pm

Hi Dean,

Thanks for taking the time to write your Tip.  I have to say I was a little confused on first reading, because hubby's car has auto-headlights and DLRs, whereas mine only has DLRs.  So, as you say, I have to make a conscious decision to put on my headlights to ensure my rear lights come on as well.  I think it would be worth you amending your Tip to differentiate the two, as per Paul's feedback.  It's a useful reminder and good to see a newer member taking the time to do it.

Many thanks and kind regards, 

Kim

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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:13pm

Dean50 wrote on Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:23am:

Please can I advise or remind all drivers anywhere, about 90% of all cars on the road in Europe have auto headlight function, if this is in the on position which is located on the stalk switch next to steering wheel this function is only for headlights to be ON , it does NOT have the rear red lig...

...hts on .

The only way all front and rear lights are working on this function, is when daylight reduces to darkness and they automatically come on .

If you have ever driven in bright sunshine on a glorious sunny day and gone through a tunnel if you look at your instrument panel you will see your green lights illuminate this means ALL your lights are now on front and rear but as soon as you come out of the tunnel the green dash board lights go off , this means only your headlights are ON .

I understand that many may not know this but it's very important as yesterday driving in heavy rain a vast majority of cars had no rear lights on , because the driver may be thinking all lights are working but it's again I have to say it's headlights only , for your safety and others if in rain or weather a bit murky please manually switch on your headlights, you will know they are working as the green light symbol on instrument panel will illuminate , you can put back to auto function once weather clears up .

Hope I have made it clear to understand 

In the rain auto lights will come on front and back. 

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