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Dancing Matrix LEDs in fog

psychopomp1 Nov 6, 2018

  1. psychopomp1

    psychopomp1 Active Member

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    It was quite misty/foggy yesterday evening on the A9 just south of Inverness and it was amazing to see the Matrix LED headlights in action in such conditions - obviously I had the 'auto full beam' on.

    The road was dual carriageway going over rolling hills, in pitch black conditions with heavy fog and light traffic.

    You could see the individual light beam rays constantly changing direction depending on light source ahead. I think the presence of fog caused the beams to appear crystal clear and they're definitely not that clear when driving in clear, dark conditions. I thought my headlights had malfunctioned when i hit the first fog patch lol

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  3. DaveW

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    There's a video on YouTube showing a similar effect . It's great to see how the beam pattern is constantly changing.
    Hope you weren't taking the photo's on your phone when driving :fearscream:
    The A9 is an amazing road!
     
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    psychopomp1 Active Member

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    I read somewhere that there are 32 million possible light patterns with the Matrix headlights. If true, that's staggering!!
     
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  5. DarkyUK

    DarkyUK Active Member Team V6 Audi S5

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    Mine amazed me when I first saw them working, I think its a little harder to see the road signs though when they switch that segment off so as not to dazzle you and there don't illuminate them as much....
     
  6. Hammerhead

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    Mine do illuminate the road sings which I found odd after having a BMW 440i with adaptive and it always moved the light around the road sings as I presumed the reflections made it think it was an oncoming light source, ie another vehicle
     
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    DarkyUK Active Member Team V6 Audi S5

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    With mine they initially are illuminated and bright and then you see it switch those segments off so as not to dazzle you, I think I have seem this mentioned in the manual or brochure also.
     
  8. chrisb72

    chrisb72 Active Member Team Mythos Audi S4

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    I am still trying to get my head around the fact I can in theory drive with full beam on at all times!

    I used it on a trip down the A1 the other weekend an enjoyed watching the light patterns change, but I just kept thinking I was dazzling others?!

    Even without full beam on the lights seem brighter than my S3 Xenon's.
     
  9. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group saloon Audi A4 S-line owners group

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    They are brighter however you aren't driving on full beam on all the time but main beam assistance, which even our fiesta has. Yes it uses the same switch as putting normal headlamps on full beam, but with our cars it isn't..
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  10. syed123

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    After over 2 years of ownership I'm yet to see another Audi with the matrix lights on display on the roads.

    A real shame cause I'd love to see from a different persons perspective how they look especially when they dance around and light up different areas at the same time!

    It does attract attention although I don't think it's ever dazzled anyone apart from a few Lorrys in the past.

    Can anyone here get a photo or video of how they look in action? I've seen an old Audi advert video showing them but only that.. No videos or pics from owners :(
     
  11. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group saloon Audi A4 S-line owners group

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    Perhaps you haven't seen one because they do their job very well? I am sure I have seen cars coming towards me with led headlamps, I expect they were mostly seats as they were giving them away with the cars at some point.
     
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    The matrix lights are very noticeable in terms of the design of the headlamps - ive seen what they look like when I start the car initially when they do the matrix dance that's why I've never seen another car with them on coming at me (I've seen a lot of a4s)

    I've seen a few s5s however with what looks like the matrix led design however they look like it's the actual headlights?
     
  14. Evil Derboy

    Evil Derboy Active Member Team Daytona Audi RS5 Owners Group

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    So this might sound a bit mental...

    I was also on the A9 last night on my way to Aviemore and trying the Matrix LED lights out for the first time ever. Having thought that these were a waste of money before I’m now absolutely sold on them after this trip.

    The mental bit is that I passed a light coloured A4 estate on a dual carriageway section and remember thinking he must have matrix LEDs as well. Just as I thought that the headlights in my rear view mirror changed so that I wasn’t getting dazzled.

    Could it have been you? Were you south of Aviemore before or around 9:00pm?
     
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    Can't have been me mate as
    a) I was travelling from Inverness to Carrbridge
    b) it was around 6-7pm

    But yeah I agree, the A9 is a great road to drive at night with Matrix lights.
     
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  16. chrisb72

    chrisb72 Active Member Team Mythos Audi S4

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    I assume people have seen this video?

     
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  17. DaveW

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    Some clever stuff there, I'm a bit too partisan to watch A8 clips :sweatsmile:
    Glad the deer was safe though :hearteyes:
     
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    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group saloon Audi A4 S-line owners group

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    they are brilliant - i have a mountain road that i have to transverse every day as its my commute to work. the matrix lights at this time of the year are great.

    my mate who is a paramedic and a massive road safety advocate was gob smacked with the lights when i took him for a late night spin.
     
  20. Daggerit

    Daggerit Well-Known Member Team Floret Silver TFSI Owners Group Team V6 Audi S4 Audi Avant Owner Group quattro

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    I definitely appreciate my Matrix LEDs for the back road routes around me. My only concern is when you come over the crest of a hill, especially with taller vehicles like lorries, you blind them for a second until the camera sees the headlights so I tend to tip them myself if it looks like that might be the case. Apart from that I'd give the system a 10 out of 10. :)
     
  21. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group saloon Audi A4 S-line owners group

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    No different really then to most of the humans that live around our village with candlelight headlamps, prolly cos they can't see in the dark very well...
     
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