Join Date: 8th January 2007
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Instrument backlighting - autodimming wish
Does anyone else find that they're permanently tweaking the brightness of the instrument panel in order to be able to see it clearly? The problem is, it dims with headlights, but the amount of dimming required varies enormously with ambient light. I have a black Civic so I tend to put my lovely HID lights on most of the time if it's slightly dark to increase the visibility of the car - but this means I need the panel lighting quite high to easily read the speedo. When it's totally dark, I like the lighting quite low to get rid of the irritating reflection on the windscreen (and they're pretty blinding on full brightness anyway). It seems they didn't make the cowl over the rev counter big enough and the rev counter projects itself on to the top of the windscreen at night.
In normal cars with needles - you don't need ANY lighting to read them in daylight, so this problem doesn't occur. But in the Civic, I find myself altering the panel brightness really often and I wish they'd put a sensor in the panel which would permit the autodimming of the panel depending on ambient light rather than simply whether the headlights are on or off.
Anyone else agree?