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Volkswagen Golf Owners Manual: Switching lights on and off

Fig. 82 Next to the steering wheel: examples of the various light switches

First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings

Observe any country-specific regulations when using vehicle lighting.

In vehicles with a factory-fitted towing bracket, the vehicle's rear fog lights are switched off automatically if a trailer with rear fog lights is electrically connected to the vehicle.

Turn the light switch to the required position  :
Symbol When the ignition is switched off When the ignition is switched on
The fog lights, dipped beam headlights and side lights are switched off. The lights are switched off, or the daytime headlights or daytime running lights are switched on.
The orientation lighting can be switched on. The automatic headlight control and, if applicable, the daytime headlights or daytime running lights are switched on.
The side lights are switched on. The side lights are switched on.
The dipped beam headlights are switched off. The side lights may still light up for a short time. The dipped beam headlights are switched on.

Fog lights

The indicator lamps or in the light switch or instrument cluster indicate that the fog lights are switched on.

Acoustic warnings if lights are not switched off

If the key is removed from the ignition lock and the driver door is opened, an acoustic warning will sound in any of the following situations. That will remind you to switch off the lights as necessary.

Gas discharge bulbs

Gas discharge bulbs generate bright, uniform light for better illumination of the road. This also improves the visibility of the vehicle for other road users. The light from gas discharge bulbs is generated by passing a very high electrical current between two electrodes located in a gas-filled bulb.

The electrodes wear over time, which increases the distance between them. The control unit for the gas discharge bulbs detect this change and increases the electrical current to ensure that the generated light remains bright and uniform.

However, gas discharge bulbs can also blow. Before they blow, they may flicker or stop generating uniform light. Some vehicles (depending on the equipment level) may display a corresponding notification in the instrument cluster.

If the gas discharge bulbs flicker or stop generating uniform light, go to a qualified workshop immediately to have the headlights checked.

WARNING

The side lights or daytime running lights are not bright enough to illuminate the road ahead and to ensure that other road users are able to see you.
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