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Several times now I've noticed the automatic headlights turning on at least an hour before sunset. The sun is still in the sky shining bright. And they also turned on yesterday about 8:50AM whereas sunrise was 2 hours earlier. I will admit I was driving west so the dashboard was in the shade, but they still shouldn't come on with that amount of daylight present. Anyone else experience this? Is the timing tied to the date/time?
 

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Several times now I've noticed the automatic headlights turning on at least an hour before sunset. The sun is still in the sky shining bright. And they also turned on yesterday about 8:50AM whereas sunrise was 2 hours earlier. I will admit I was driving west so the dashboard was in the shade, but they still shouldn't come on with that amount of daylight present. Anyone else experience this? Is the timing tied to the date/time?
I am seeing the same thing. I think the sensors are detecting shadows and think I have entered a tunnel. Problem is they stay on a predetermined amount of time. The next shadow they come on again. It’s pretty annoying. However dealer says there is nothing he can do
 

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I guess the only harm is a shortened lifespan. The other day the winter sun was out but obviously not overhead, no clouds, and my dash was in the roofline shade, and the lights were on. Another palisade limited was behind me and his lights were off. Mine just seem to be super sensitive to shade.
 

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Bingo, I was talking about this to myself while driving yesterday. The lights do comes on a bit before its actually dark. I feel the same about my vehicle auto beam too. Some times it stays on (High Beam) until the front coming vehicle is close and some times it detects them from a distance. Wish we could adjust the sensitivity of lights.
 

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Personally I would rather it err on the side of coming on too early. It’s an easy to apply safety measure. And believe me, I am not a safety crying zealot, but I HATE seeing people driving with nothing more than their DRLs on when it’s dark outside!
I’m actually surprised overreaching govt hasn’t stepped in and mandated auto headlights now that most cars have instrument panels that are illuminated all the time. Too many drivers don’t realize their headlights actually aren’t on since their instrument panel is always Illuminated (I’m being nice and will refrain from calling people idiots). LOL

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Anyway, back on topic, the auto lights do turn on quickly. Drive through a shady patch of overhanging trees and the lights switch on.
 

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I have my lights on auto, it doesn't cause me any more work if it comes on early.
Doesn't cost me any more or lower gas mileage that I can see.
Of course I'm older and remember using the pull switch on the dash, left side.
Three detents, off, parking, and headlights., all the way out. No running lights.
Using the foot switch on the floor , with the left foot, to switch from low beam
to high beam, in a single bulb. Couldn't see all that well but we lived with it.
And then I say the good old days. LOL. a lot of crap to that saying.
 

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I have my lights on auto, it doesn't cause me any more work if it comes on early.
Doesn't cost me any more or lower gas mileage that I can see.
Of course I'm older and remember using the pull switch on the dash, left side.
Three detents, off, parking, and headlights., all the way out. No running lights.
Using the foot switch on the floor , with the left foot, to switch from low beam
to high beam, in a single bulb. Couldn't see all that well but we lived with it.
And then I say the good old days. LOL. a lot of crap to that saying.
A flash from the past...I like it Gene. I too remember the way we used to turn on lights. Back then we joked about the Jetsons too. Look at us now.
 

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I have noticed lights turning on a bit early but basically as the sun is hitting the horizon. One thing I think is true (somewhat related) is that GPS is used to turn headlights on when entering tunnels. I might be in the tunnel for 0.5 - 2 seconds and my headlights turn on. I actually think that's great personally.
 

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Hi all , i agree the auto headlight dash sensor is Way too sensitive turns the headlights on and off depending on the shade around you. It’s kind of silly when the sun is behind you and there’s a shade on the sensor and the headlights come on, I have spoken to Hyundai and they say there’s nothing I can do that is the way it is. not really what I expected from the dealership or the company.
 

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Hi all , i agree the auto headlight dash sensor is Way too sensitive turns the headlights on and off depending on the shade around you. It’s kind of silly when the sun is behind you and there’s a shade on the sensor and the headlights come on, I have spoken to Hyundai and they say there’s nothing I can do that is the way it is. not really what I expected from the dealership or the company.
Ditto on the headlights.. but glad to see it's a common problem. I spent too much time wondering if this is a fault with my, now 12 day old Palisade. Guessing it is, but one Hyundai is apparently okay with.
 

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My new to me 2020 SE was really pretty good about the lights coming on around dusk. Then I had a new windshield installed (part of the deal ... the OEM was cracked) and the lights became more sensitive and came on earlier.

More of the story. When I bought it, it had a limo tint on the rear two windows. My buddy that does window tinting for me removed the tint. Since then, the lights seem to be more like they were at first.

Conclusion. Either there is some adjustment when they calibrate the new window, or, the sensor "learns" after calibration, or, the limo tint was not allowing as much light in. I think the new windshield has a little tint near the top. Maybe that was allowing less light in and when the limo tint was removed, the light coming in kind of neutralized it?

None of the makes much sense to me.

In any event, I'm with some others here, I'd rather they came on early rather than late. I kind of wish the green lights on the dash didn't go on and off when the lights do ... LOL.
 

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Mine seems to have become more sensitive over time (the vehicle is now about 8 months old). Now, when in auto mode, the headlights are often turning on during the day when bright and sunny. No change in the windshield, nothing covering the light sensor, and no shadows on the road or from overpasses. Maybe with less ambient light this time of year is the cause. Looks like a few other threads on this same issue. Will check with the dealer next time I'm in...
 

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My complaint also, going under a railroad bridge, underpass or even a large tree that leaves a shadow on the roadway the lights come on. They go off 5-10 seconds later but I’ve had cars flash me thinking I’m flashing them. There should be some programmed delay during the day.
 
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