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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Blue Light between Map Lights?

There is a small light between the map lights on my 2009 X - sometimes it's lit blue. What is it?
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mood lighting.

Actually, it's really not noticiable when it's on, and it only turns on when you turn on your headlights. There's another one in the cubby hole by the gear shifter, and technically two more in the rear cup holders (X premium models and up). Basically they're supposed to give the cabin just a touch more light without being distracting so that you can see inside the cabin at night without difficulty and without having to turn on the bright lights and then have to deal with your eyes adjusting to the darkness again when you turn them off.

Or that's what i've been told. But i prefer the mood lighting theory
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There is a small light between the map lights on my 2009 X - sometimes it's lit blue. What is it?
It lights up the little storage cubby at the front of the console so you can see stuff that you may have put there (sunglasses, cell phone, etc). When it's dark, with the other interior lights off, cover up the little blue light with your fingertip, uncover it, and you'll notice what it does.

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Ah, well - when I'm navigating w/o tactical night vision enabled, the little blue LEDs may come in handy. Thanks for the info all.
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Hmm... Change em to red to not affect night vision?

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I had been wondering the same thing, and someone in another thread told me it was to light up the center console.

I tried covering it with my finger, and I did notice that it did make a pretty big difference.

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I recently got stuck driving a Honda CRV at night for work. It also had this blue "mood" lighting that eminated from between the map lights. I thought it was a bit distracting myself...
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I recently got stuck driving a Honda CRV at night for work. It also had this blue "mood" lighting that eminated from between the map lights. I thought it was a bit distracting myself...

Same with my cousin's Mini Cooper S JCW... except the light is orange. It drives me completely batty. Then again, it is not uncommon for my to drive with the gauges on MY'05 dimmed all the way, as I can still read them perfectly clearly, and it helps my night vision. Maybe I'm somewhat sensitive to light.

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hmmmm........

I was thinking the blue light up top was a marker for the moonroof switch

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I was wondering that same thing, my model doesn't come with a moon roof though, but, it does make scence about it illuminating so that one can see inside the car without the interior lights being on.

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Tactical mood lights ... perfect! That little one by the map light was driving me crazy! I read the manual twice trying to figure out what it was for...
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I like the blue "mood lighting" in my '09. Our '07 Honda Odyssey also has similar orange "mood lights" that are quite helpful when driving at night. Beats having to turn on the interior lights to find something when the little ones are catching some Z's in the back.

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I love it in mine. It never distracts me as I dont look up that much, usually straight ahead, but when I need something from the console area it provides just the right amount of light for me.
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Actually, blue lighting is better on night vision than red lighting. Check out plane cockpits.
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