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S5 MY2014: Coming home lights still not working????

warren_S5 May 28, 2014

  1. warren_S5

    warren_S5 Moderator Moderator VCDS Map User

    Ever since I've got the car (pre-doing any VCDS coding), the coming home lights have never worked.

    This is how the car is set up:

    1) Main light switch is ALWAYS left on auto
    2) In MMI, the exterior light setting for coming home lights is activated

    Last night I went out to get something from the car (10pm'ish) and when I turn the car off the car was just in total darkness. On my S3 there was a delay of 'x' seconds before the lights went out. This was really useful as if you were somewhere dark / unfamiliar it gave you some light for 30+ seconds to sort yourself out / find keys / open front doors etc.

    I can't say I noticed whether they came on when I clicked to open the car, but just wondered whether the A5/S5 doesn't do this post closure delay lights (and whether it's only when you are approaching / opening the vehicle), or am I missing something?

    Any tips welcomed!
  2. Shrek5

    Shrek5 Well-Known Member

    I think it is only the following you get the follow me home lights:
    • Car is locked and you unlock it (with the remote fob)
    • You open the door (keyless entry) from the outside
    • You stop and open the door from the inside.

    In your situation was it go to the car and unlock it (lights came on?) rummaged for whatever you needed, locked car, lights went straight off?

    Can't remember what mine does in that situation... I think the lights go off but will have to check.
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  3. warren_S5

    warren_S5 Moderator Moderator VCDS Map User

    Thanks for the feedback Gareth. I'd extended the Coming Home lights delay yesterday in one of the VCDS menu, but it appears to have done nothing. I'm assuming the delay must be how long they stay on for after you open the car with the keys.

    Not a big issue, just one of those nice to haves if it could be engineered in!

    With the LEDs it does look a bit bright at night so I may have to tweak the angle on some of the bulbs to dim them slightly. The footwell light were blinding so I had to dial those right back with the ambient lighting control.
  4. marshadee

    marshadee Member

    Hi Warren,

    When I lock my car from the outside my lights stay on for approximately 15-20 seconds before completely turning off. this then would allow me time to see in a dark area.

    My lights are always on auto as well.

    Hope this helps.

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  5. dan786

    dan786 New Member

    hi warren

    i dont know if this will help but i had the same problem when i bought my 2012 golf gti gave it back to the dealer a couple of time due to coming home lights not coming on once you turn the car off. they then rang germany vw to find out instruactions on how to make it work and apparently on the newer cars now once you turn the car off when its dark take the key out the ignition, you have to flash the full beams before the coming home lights activate for the designated time you set on the computer. bit daft that you always had to flash the full beams once you get out the car but thats the only way they worked and it also stated that in the hand book once i read it up. so you might want to try that see if you have any luck.
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  6. B5NUT

    B5NUT Well-Known Member VCDS Map User quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group s tronic S-line owners group

    Have you set the timer in the MMI menu, you can set it from 0 to 60 sec.
  7. warren_S5

    warren_S5 Moderator Moderator VCDS Map User

    You can't in mine, for some reason you can turn it on and off, but I had to use VCDS to adjust the number of seconds unless I'm missing a trick.

    Hence why I'm wondering whether it's enabled at all as I don't seem to have this so often mentioned menu which allows time adjustment.
  8. warren_S5

    warren_S5 Moderator Moderator VCDS Map User

    Many thanks for sharing, if this is the case then I'm stunned that they've chosen to ruin such an effective system and make it effectively useless.

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