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post #1 of 8 Old Jun 15th, 2006, 12:42 am Thread Starter
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What's the purpose of that little tiny 3rd light bulb in the headlight housing? I have an 01, and that little light sits near the front of the housing, off to the left. It doesn't look powerful enough to do much at all. Thanks in advance...
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post #2 of 8 Old Jun 15th, 2006, 12:58 am
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I think that's the parking ligtht - turn your key full ccw, and your tail lights, and that little one will be lit up, I'll bet.

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I think that's the parking ligtht...
OOhhhhh, ok. I put that and the low beam on a switched relay today so I could creep down our shared driveway without pissin' off the neighbors at 2am (their bedroom window is in the line of fire). And then I thought, "gee, I wonder if the BMW geniuses have included that little light in some sophisticated system that I just screwed up." Glad it's only a parking light.
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That little parking light is required to be on in some European countries if you park your bike on a street at night. Guess it would be okay, but I don't think they require the cages to do it!

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That little parking light is required to be on in some European countries if you park your bike on a street at night. Guess it would be okay, but I don't think they require the cages to do it!
Almost, but not quite! - That little light in the UK at least is simply a 'position' light - to comply with some odd law that goes back almost as far as the first car that says in a built up area, a motor vehicle must be lit at night. It means that you could, in theory, drive about urban areas with just that little bulb lit (as well as tail lights). Unwise perhaps, but legal.
Here's the relevant bit of law ...... Motorists MUST "use headlights at night, except on restricted roads (those with street lights not more than 185 metres (600 feet) apart and which are generally subject to a speed limit of 30 mph) ".

Same applies to all motor vehicles.

As for having to use the light for parking....... "All vehicles MUST display parking lights when parked on a road or a lay-by on a road with a speed limit greater than 30 mph."

Almost all built up (residential areas) are 30mph or less - so this would apply on major roads for instance.
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Almost, but not quite! - That little light in the UK at least is simply a 'position' light - to comply with some odd law that goes back almost as far as the first car that says in a built up area, a motor vehicle must be lit at night. It means that you could, in theory, drive about urban areas with just that little bulb lit (as well as tail lights). Unwise perhaps, but legal.
Here's the relevant bit of law ...... Motorists MUST "use headlights at night, except on restricted roads (those with street lights not more than 185 metres (600 feet) apart and which are generally subject to a speed limit of 30 mph) ".

Same applies to all motor vehicles.

As for having to use the light for parking....... "All vehicles MUST display parking lights when parked on a road or a lay-by on a road with a speed limit greater than 30 mph."

Almost all built up (residential areas) are 30mph or less - so this would apply on major roads for instance.
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Nah - that light is for lighting up your camp site in the middle of the night - so you don't stub your toe on a stump getting out of your tent - while walking barefoot to the loo to pee and - screaming so loud in pain%&#@!*! - that you wake everyone up! The Bard did it first around 1490.

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A very common use for this little light, or more exactly its wiring, is that it is a switched source for many devices or relays to feed auxiliary lighting, wings of gold, radar detector, and other electronic goodies that are only used with the ignition switched on.

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Target Acquisition for drunks who are just aiming for the headlights or taillights ?

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