What is that little light for?

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  1. schja01

    schja01 One of very few in Chicagoland

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    On the ceiling to the right of the courtesy lights switch is a small hole with a white LED deep inside. What is that for?
     
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    It shines a light down on the gearshift lever?
     
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    yep, some people put tape over it.
     
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    schja01 One of very few in Chicagoland

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    Interesting. Thanks.
     
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    Yap, "Shift lever lighting" in the figure #3.

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    Some of us ;) filled the knob with bright glow powder on our 2010's. illuminate the joystick shifter? | PriusChat It was a cool little mod. No the LED is not bright enough to charge the glow powder.
     
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    Never noticed that. Does it come on by itself?
     
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    IIRC someone was saying the little floodlight for the shifter was a bit off, centred on a spot slightly further back.

    There was speculation that it was aimed at shifter location in an earlier 4th gen iteration, before a centre console was nixed and the shifter moved to the lower dash.

    Just speculating.
     
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    Are we sure it is not Big Brother?????????? The "All Seeing Eye"?
     
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    Not if you watch it . . . . :D Yes
     
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    Never. Ever. Look at that light.
     
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    why? because you will go blind?:cool:
     
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    No. That's doing something else!:p
     
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    Mmm, my 2006 HHR had such a light.
     
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    It's not always on.
    Each of the two times I've noticed it the cabin was dimly lit.
    Maybe the same sensor that dims the instrument displays?
     
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    Yes it comes on with the parking light (or headlights if you're in AUTO).
     
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    Just a courtesy light to give you a small amount of light so it's not so dark you can't see a thing. There is one at the feet also. I remember seeing an option to turn it off somewhere. Might have been when I was using the Carista hooked up to the computer port. Carista OBD2 App | Diagnose, customize and service your car
     
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