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Old 08-30-2012, 05:00 PM   #31
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I had the perfect marine-layer day to try out timthom62's sunglasses lens idea today. One lens did not work; I might try a doubled lens tomorrow. But I'm definitely keeping the electrical tape idea in the back of my mind . . . thank you, brent!

And you people who find this discussion ridiculous [I'm looking at you, FrostedG] can just go on your merry way turning the lights on and off manually while the rest of us try to figure this out.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:26 AM   #32
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can just go on your merry way turning the lights on and off manually while the rest of us try to figure this out.
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I placed a lightdim dot on the top of the sensor and it's working great. Easy to place and they peel off clean. I used an xacto knife to carefully place the dot, it made it pretty easy to get into such a tight spot. It's also helpful to have someone guide the placement from outside the car. http://lightdims.com/

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Old 09-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #34
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I placed a lightdim dot on the top of the sensor and it's working great.
Which size dot and which "edition"? They make at least 3 different types: silver, blackout, and original.
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EDIT: It should be noted that on vehicles equipped with the Dual Automatic Temperature Control (DATC) system, the light sensor also serves as a 'sunload' sensor for the airconditioning system and supplies information to the HVAC module proportional to the intensity of the sun on the vehicle.

If you're 'spoofing' the light sensor, it may also result in the cabin temp being a bit warmer (or at least slower to cool to set temp) on sunny days.
This appears to happen on the Manual Temperature Control system too... When the sensor is shaded, A/C output is reduced... Probably to increase fuel mileage..

As far as certain colors of cars becoming harder to see as it gets dark, I notice my silver car at dusk or dawn becomes almost invisible once you get about 30 yards or so from it... especially if theres a little dew in the air..
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Which size dot and which "edition"? They make at least 3 different types: silver, blackout, and original.
I used the original (50%-80%), sorry I didn't mention that. I purchased these a year or two ago when the original was the only offering. The sheet includes a variety of sizes and shapes. I used the 3/4" dot.

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This appears to happen on the Manual Temperature Control system too... When the sensor is shaded, A/C output is reduced... Probably to increase fuel mileage..

As far as certain colors of cars becoming harder to see as it gets dark, I notice my silver car at dusk or dawn becomes almost invisible once you get about 30 yards or so from it... especially if theres a little dew in the air..
I hadn't even considered the impact on temp control. I'll have to see if I notice a difference. The nice thing about this mod is it's so easy to undo.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:48 PM   #37
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I used the original (50%-80%) . . . I used the 3/4" dot.
Thanks for the info . . . I'll be back once I've tried it out!
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I placed a lightdim dot on the top of the sensor and it's working great. Easy to place and they peel off clean. I used an xacto knife to carefully place the dot, it made it pretty easy to get into such a tight spot. It's also helpful to have someone guide the placement from outside the car. http://lightdims.com/
Thanks for the great idea!

I look forward to trying these on the sensor of my autodimming rearview mirror, which never has been as dark as I'd like.
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To be clear, I don't mind manually turning the headlights off and on. The trouble I have is that the dash is lit regardless of whether the headlights are on or off. On older cars, in rainy and/or overcast situations, you were sort of "prompted" to turn on the lights because it got hard to read your speedometer with no backlighting. If you forget to set your lights to Auto because you were using them manually, it's easy to find yourself driving in a semi-dark situation with your headlights on because you can read the dash just fine even with the lights off.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't an end-of-the-world situation, but yeah a "nice to have" feature would be adjustable auto headlights, or at least a sensor that turned them on earlier.
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I'm back to offer this update:

We've finally had another day with the right kind of overcast for me to try out my new lightdim dot. I'm disappointed to find that the 3/4 dot is definitely not enough.

Over my lunch, I peeled off the dot and cut a slightly elongated square from the 25mm X 57mm strip. I applied this across the sensor, front to back (probably makes no difference). This piece didn't do it either.

Next, I think I'll double up the 25mm strip, but running side to side.

I'll come back here to check in and record results!
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