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Why do the lights on my Honda dim when I stop?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 1:53 pm
Honda Accord Headlights

When you get behind the wheel of a new or unfamiliar car, there are always a few distinct features, lights, or actions that might catch you off guard. Who hasn’t turned on the windshield wipers when trying to put the headlights on in a friend’s car? Those vehicle quirks aren’t limited to unfamiliar vehicles, however. One question we’ve received from Honda owners is about their vehicle’s headlights momentarily dimming when they are at a red light or stop sign. Although it’s momentary and creates no real problems, it’s worth exploring.

That temporary dimming of headlights is actually a completely normal vehicle function caused by variations in the electrical system. When the onboard computer of the vehicle realizes your Honda is at idle, it won’t send more electrical charge than necessary, as your Honda is constantly working to increase fuel economy and reduce vibrations.

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As part of that effort, electrical accessories are turning on and off, thus changing the rate of electrical charge. As the onboard computer responds to those changes, the headlights or interior lights of your Honda may momentarily dim, then re-illuminate to their normal state.

If you notice the lights on your Honda temporarily dimming when you stop, just know that it’s part of your vehicle’s effort to maximize fuel economy and vehicle performance.

Many new Honda owners have questions about their vehicles after purchase, and we’re happy to help you answer or investigate any of them in our service center. With a team of service professionals equipped with years of experience working on Honda vehicles, we can help you find solutions and answers to any of your vehicle questions.

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One Response to “Why do the lights on my Honda dim when I stop?”

  1. Frank Kristopoulos says:

    Great post. Thank you for this informative post. Most of the car owner get bothered about their headlight as it get dimmed, when you take a halt. Fortunately this not a big issue, which the owners are bothered about, let me tell you. The temporary dimming of headlights is actually a normal thing it is caused by variations in the electrical system. The computer fitted in your vehicle when recognize, your car is at idle state. It won’t send more electrical charge than necessary, as your car is constantly working to increase fuel economy and reduce vibrations. While giving respond to this things electrical components, it gets turning on and off and so it changes rate of electrical charge. As the on board computer responds to those changes, the headlights or interior lights of your car for a little while may get dim, then re-illuminate to their normal state. It will help in maximize your fuel economy. For any kind information regarding headlight repair please visit https://www.foreignaffairsauto.com/blog/why-you-should-get-new-headlights-in-your-european-car .

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