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McDeshen 09-28-2012 02:17 PM

Headlights
 
I have a 1999 323i E46 and the headlights only come on when it's really dark outside, how do I make them come on when I want them to?

afstud 09-28-2012 02:19 PM

You turn them on manually

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EverydayGetaway 09-28-2012 02:20 PM

Say what?

McDeshen 09-28-2012 02:20 PM

If you're talking about the dial that controls the lights, that doesn't turn them on.

McDeshen 09-28-2012 02:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EverydayGetaway (Post 14771050)
Say what?

My LED headlights only come on at night, I can't turn them on manually as far as i know.

joegr 09-28-2012 02:24 PM

Are you saying that you have auto lights, and that the light switch only works in the auto position?
At night, can you turn them off by moving the switch from auto to off? What happens in the park position?
In the auto position, will the headlights come on if you press the fog light button?

joegr 09-28-2012 02:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McDeshen (Post 14771056)
My LED headlights only come on at night, I can't turn them on manually as far as i know.

Are you talking about the headlights, or some aftermarket add-on lights?

choxor 09-28-2012 02:27 PM

They're not LED.

At night when you turn them to the on position do they stay on or do they cut off. It could be something with the LCM.

kaldE46 09-28-2012 02:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McDeshen (Post 14771056)
My LED headlights only come on at night, I can't turn them on manually as far as i know.

Are you talking about your low beams? Those aren't LED (at least they shouldn't be unless you fit LED bulbs in there and have extremely poor light output at night). The option to manually turn on your low beams should always be present, it's a safety thing.

McDeshen 09-28-2012 02:29 PM

They are LED, they're aftermarket...

joegr 09-28-2012 02:37 PM

The rotatory headlight switch is kind of interesting. It's two single throw, single pole switches configured in a binary code arrangement.

Position--S1-------S2

Auto------closed---open
Off-------closed---closed
Park------open-----closed
On--------open-----open

If S1 were to be shorted, you would still have auto lights but couldn't turn them on manually.

You could get a used LCM, and then just swap the front (switch) part of it and not have to worry about coding.

choxor 09-28-2012 02:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McDeshen (Post 14771085)
They are LED, they're aftermarket...

You replaced your low beams with LED's?

McDeshen 09-28-2012 07:57 PM

I have LEDs that I cant figure out how to turn on. They're around the high beams angel eyes

joegr 09-28-2012 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by McDeshen (Post 14771801)
I have LEDs that I cant figure out how to turn on. They're around the high beams angel eyes

So, not the headlights after all.

haurelio 09-29-2012 05:20 PM

those are called Angel eyes, they are aftermarket.


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