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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?

Nick...
 

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Never felt the need to change them. I have it on full brightness no lights, and one off the full brightness with lights on.

Worst situation is daytime rain, where i'd have position lights.
 

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Never felt the need to change them. I have it on full brightness no lights, and one off the full brightness with lights on.

Worst situation is daytime rain, where i'd have position lights.
yeh me to lol its not really a bother in all honesty sometimes i forget to pout them back to brightest in the day, prob cos its so overcast atm. its obviously the price we pay for the funkiest dash on the planet lol [smilie=cheeky-grin:
 

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. 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
No problem here.
But I have a Scandinavian model with daytime running lights.
Even with Auto lights we have dipped beam on all the the time and when is dark enough and the light sensor "turns on the lights", the numberplate lights and the panel lighting dims
 

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No problem here.
But I have a Scandinavian model with daytime running lights.
Even with Auto lights we have dipped beam on all the the time and when is dark enough and the light sensor "turns on the lights", the numberplate lights and the panel lighting dims

I've tried using AUTO, and it doesn't seem to dim my dash lights even when it's dark outside. Maybe I should try it again when there's no light at all coming from anywhere. :rolleyes:

Not a problem. I'm used to operating them manually. :D
 

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You should be able to alter the brightness of the dash with the little control on the left hand side of the rev counter???

What you do is this (reads handbook):

1) NO LIGHTS ON - Twiddle the knob till you get what you want....

The car "remembers" that setting

2) LIGHTS ON - Do the same thing... Will remember that setting too...

I tried this on my car, there is a difference now when I turn on my lights at night, everything dims to where I set it (for daytime use, I didn't really drop the level too much)

Maybe LHD cars are a bit different, I don't know???
 
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