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When adjusting the sensitivity of the automatic headlight sensor, which setting is correct to minimize the sensitivity, thus making the lights stay off longer? The Owner Manual is rather vague. It implies that the settings (Min, Low, Mid, and Max) are for setting the sensitivity. A proper interpretation of that would be that the Min setting would yield a minimum amount of sensitivity, thus the lights would come on later at dusk.

This is the setting I selected, but I noticed that my lights still come on when I pull in the garage, mid day. My garage is not that dark. It has a couple large windows.

I am wondering if the book is in err, and the Max setting means max light change to activate the lights. Anyone have any real knowledge on this?
 

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My auto dimming has always been a bit weird - more related to how much they dim vs when.
 

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On the premium I had the dealer make the adjustment. He had the same question. We set it to the lowest sensitivity setting. That made the sensor work in such a way that it needed to be darker before the headlights would turn on, and not quite as light outside before they would turn off. I think this is what you are trying to do. I'm almost ready to have them reset back, though, it's almost a little too dark (too close to sunset) before they turn on. They need one more setting between normal and low.
 

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Unfortunately, the biggest issue that I have with the auto-headlights is that I wish they had a delay feature that would ignore temporary dark areas like going under higher overpasses. But the sensitivity adjustment doesn't affect the delay-timing. They still react too quickly to brief changes in the light level.
 

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Unfortunately, the biggest issue that I have with the auto-headlights is that I wish they had a delay feature that would ignore temporary dark areas like going under higher overpasses. But the sensitivity adjustment doesn't affect the delay-timing. They still react too quickly to brief changes in the light level.
This function on the 2013 models is vastly different than that for the 2010 model.
 

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This function on the 2013 models is vastly different than that for the 2010 model.
Yes, I guess I've heard that. I wonder if it's possible to get the 2013 algorithm "flashed" (no pun intended) to a 2010 car?
 

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On the premium I had the dealer make the adjustment. He had the same question. We set it to the lowest sensitivity setting. That made the sensor work in such a way that it needed to be darker before the headlights would turn on, and not quite as light outside before they would turn off. I think this is what you are trying to do. I'm almost ready to have them reset back, though, it's almost a little too dark (too close to sunset) before they turn on. They need one more setting between normal and low.
That's good to know. I'll try that.

So far I have tried both Min and Max, and in both cases, my headlights come on some times, when I have felt they shouldn't have.

I agree with the comments above, that it seems there should be a short delay before lights are activated, after the sensor measures a light change. I recently bought some Hella Optilux yellow bulbs for the fog lights, and along with the low beams, I am a little concerned about premature bulb burnout.
 
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