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Hello. During the day on my 1,800 mile commute a couple of days ago, I noticed that whenever I drive under a bridge, the dash lights darken that with my my sunglasses, I could barely see the display on my dash and on the Infotainment display. It’s bright and sunny but just a momentary shadow under a bridge triggers the night mode lighting! Is there a way to adjust the light sensor’s sensitivity?
 

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Same issue here. I’ve called two dealerships and KMA about this and no one ever called me back.

Even stopping at a traffic light under a tree triggers the headlights to turn on. I mostly turn lights on/off manually now.
 

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Does anyone know where the light sensor is? Maybe by shining an LED light by that sensor during the day and turn it off at night can prevent it from turning on the night mode during a bright sunny day under the shadow of a tree or bridge?
 

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I know on the 2012 Sorento the light sensor is on the dash. If the same is true for the Seltos check near the front windshield.
 

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Kia said in a recent phone call that they cannot adjust the sensitivity via the computer.I had a 2018 VW GTI and you could change that in the menu by checking the box that said Late which it had to be somewhat darker for them to activate and not the darkness you would get from being under an overpass or bridge.It gave me options like Early,Normal and Late.Kia should have this option but I guess they decided to exclude it maybe because of costs.Cheapo Koreans but smart Germans.LOL
 

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I know on the 2012 Sorento the light sensor is on the dash. If the same is true for the Seltos check near the front windshield.
Well, I think I found it in the Seltos. It is behind the rear view mirror, facing forward to the windshield. I have a dash cam mounted below (hanging under the stalk of the mirror) the rear view mirror and I’m sure the camera is not obstructing the view of the sensor. I will try turning off the headlight completely - I had it on “Auto”. Tne auto-dimming of the dash and infotainment displays is associated with the headlights turning on!
 

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Well, I think I found it in the Seltos. It is behind the rear view mirror, facing forward to the windshield. I have a dash cam mounted below (hanging under the stalk of the mirror) the rear view mirror and I’m sure the camera is not obstructing the view of the sensor. I will try turning off the headlight completely - I had it on “Auto”. Tne auto-dimming of the dash and infotainment displays is associated with the headlights turning on!
that is not it. it's definitely too sensitive for sure and there is no adjustment like I have in my Lexus. dash light change is part of the sensor on the dashboard near the front windshield and has nothing to do with "auto" light setting on your stalk. for dash light, adjustment is in the "setting" which controls brightness but not the sensitivity.
 

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If you turn your headlights to off from auto the headlights will not react to the sensitivity of the sensor.I do that often.The dashboard lights are on a switch to the left of the the steering wheel and just above your left knee and close to the door.
 

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Well, I think I found it in the Seltos. It is behind the rear view mirror, facing forward to the windshield.
The sensor on the mirror is for the auto dimming function for the mirror, completely separate from the auto on/off lights. The one you're looking for should be on the dash, somewhere. I have the digital version of the owners manual and the pictures don't load properly, check page 4-100.
 

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Sorry for the above post,that is for the dash lights.The sensors for the lights are on the middle of the dash.One to the left and one to the right of the speaker.
 

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If you turn your headlights to off from auto the headlights will not react to the sensitivity of the sensor. I do that often. The dashboard lights are on a switch to the left of the the steering wheel and just above your left knee and close to the door.
Isn't the sensor that little round bump just in front of the dash? Pretty sure on my SX that is where it is. And really, what difference does it make? Driving with you headlights on is a safety factor. If it ain't broke, don't mess with it.
 

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I’ve had my ‘22 Seltos SX Turbo for 2 weeks and have noticed this extreme sensitivity as well. I noticed it when driving on the Interstate and going under almost any bridge! My dash lights & infotainment screen dim to night mode and the headlights come on… for about 5 seconds, then they switch back. It’s pretty annoying.

My previous vehicle - ‘16 Chevrolet Cruze Limited - had a built-in delay so it took about 10-15 seconds of darker surroundings for the lights to switch on. Even my girlfriend’s ‘16 Mazda CX-5 provides sensitivity options for this.

If I’m in the city - like Milwaukee, WI, for example - with my Seltos the lights are constantly switching on/off/on/off. I prefer to leave my headlights on “auto” because it’s a feature a really like having.

All Kia would need to do is add a menu option for “auto headlamp delay” and allow us to pick how long the car should wait before switching on the lights.
 
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