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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 06-20-2006, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Automatic headlights?

I've driven cars with automatic headlights for years now and the lack of 'em is easily one of the most annoying elements of my Ridgeline. Has anyone looked into installing some kind of automatic headlight switch? I hate leaving them on because of the beeping and (more importantly), it futzes with the dimming of the Nav.

Something like the Auto Headlight Switch on this page:
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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old 06-20-2006, 06:40 PM
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Don't the RTL's have auto headlights?

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The Ridge, like other Honda vehicles, has a headlight timer. If you leave them on and walk away they shut off automatically in ~ 5 minutes. The cool thing is that they come back on when you start the truck. It's as close to automatic as you can get I use it once in a while but I find the "ding" annoying when I shut the truck off but leave the light on.
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By automatic, I mean ones that turn on in the dark and off in the light. Or at least something that'd work on the dash lights...
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By automatic, I mean ones that turn on in the dark and off in the light. Or at least something that'd work on the dash lights...
Yea, like my crappy Buick. I wonder how hard it would be to take one out of a car at the junkyard and integrate it into my RL?

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I hate leaving them on because of the beeping and (more importantly), it futzes with the dimming of the Nav.
Yeah, but auto on headlights will futz with the dimming of the Nav too....because it won't dim the Navi at all (which auto-dims based on the position of the headlight switch).
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Yeah, but auto on headlights will futz with the dimming of the Nav too....because it won't dim the Navi at all (which auto-dims based on the position of the headlight switch).
Sort of... The way things are now, I leave the headlights on all the time, since if I dont, I'll forget to turn 'em on after dark (I'm an old dog, new tricks ain't comin'). Because of this, I have to leave the dash lights set to the "max" position or the nav switches to night mode and I can't see the backup camera worth a darn. So, if I put the auto headlight switch in, I dont have to leave the lights on all the time. In theory, the auto-switch would also control the dash lights as well.


Oorrrr, maybe I'm on the crack.
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I was shocked to discover no automatic headlights on the RL as well. I can buy a nightlight for $1.50 that automatically comes out when the lights go out.

I don't understand why every car wouldn't have this option.
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Oorrrr, maybe I'm on the crack.
That would make 2 of us.

I found out yesterday that the headlights do not automatically go out on their own after 5 minutes of turned the truck off.....if you don't take the keys out....

This is the first vehicle that I've made a habit of driving with my lights on all the time (or most of the time). I do usually turn them off when I park it because I can't stand the dinging though.
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That would make 2 of us.

I found out yesterday that the headlights do not automatically go out on their own after 5 minutes of turned the truck off.....if you don't take the keys out....

This is the first vehicle that I've made a habit of driving with my lights on all the time (or most of the time). I do usually turn them off when I park it because I can't stand the dinging though.
Well that clears something up. Had mine a very short period of time left key in (garage parked) and left lights on. Came out next morning and it was a dead as a door nail. Always turn light off now - now I can leave on and remove the key - Thanks
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