2009 Audi S5: Why is the IP so dark?
December 10, 2009
I had to make a run to the store last night, so I cranked up the S5 in the driveway, and noticed the instrument panel was only partially lit. Hmm. What gives?
It turns out, the LED DRLs--that's "Light Emitting Diode" "Daytime Running Lamps" if you're not up to speed on your TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms)--are so danged bright, I mistakenly thought my headlights were on. Here's what it looks like with the HID (High-Intensity Discharge) Xenons on.
Sure, it is a big difference, but I could imagine driving a few miles at night with only the DRLs on. Have any of you done this?
Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 13,218 miles