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« on: 02/17/03 10:36 AM »

At the same time I'm talking about replacing my high-beam *bulbs* with brigher ones, I've got to complain that the high-beam indicator on the dash is BLINDING me.  Has anyone else been bothered by this?
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« Reply #1 on: 02/17/03 11:23 AM »

Yes, I have to drive with my hand over the dashboard
to shield my eyes. It is so bright I can barely stand
it. Is there any way to swap out the bulb?

I tried the dash rheostat and it does not adjust
this bulb's brightness...
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« Reply #2 on: 02/17/03 11:36 AM »

Mine is also very bright, but since I use it so infrequently, it's not high on my list of things to fix or change.  If I need to use the high beams more, I might give it more consideration.
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« Reply #3 on: 02/18/03 02:55 AM »

Concur......WAY too bright!
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« Reply #4 on: 02/18/03 05:26 AM »

Agree also, I may put some sort of stick on "dot" or something over it, very distracting when driving.  Almost better to drive without hi-beams on!
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« Reply #5 on: 02/18/03 06:33 AM »

I'm in complete agreement.  So much so, that I included that on at least one (GM/J D Powers) surveys I filled out last week.  Maybe a small piece of static-cling window tint?  Until then  Cool
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« Reply #6 on: 02/18/03 12:46 PM »

must just be me, but I kind of like it
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« Reply #7 on: 02/18/03 12:55 PM »

Yup!!!  It's bright.  But when I have "All 4 on Hi" with my Silverstars it's kind of like daylight Cool so it isn't as prevalant.

All kidding aside.  It is a little on the excessive side dissappointed.

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« Reply #8 on: 02/19/03 12:39 AM »

That static cling window tint sounds like a good idea...
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« Reply #9 on: 02/19/03 01:03 AM »

Borg's idea of tint gets my vote.I have an 02 but have used the tint method on other vechicles
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« Reply #10 on: 02/19/03 10:18 AM »

Not my idea...
MrJim came up with that one.
I assume you can find this stuff at an auto parts store?
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« Reply #11 on: 02/20/03 06:32 AM »

I haven't looked locally yet, but J. C. Whitney has 4" x 72" rolls of the static cling window tint film for $5.99.  With that much film and the right sized hole punch (about 1" dia.), one could "patch" about 200 indicators!



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« Reply #12 on: 02/20/03 11:38 PM »

MrJim-
I've never seen this stuff before.  I assume what is meant by "static cling" is that one would just simply cut out the 1" circle and simply place it on the console cover ... and there it would stay?  Seems like a great temporary solution.
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« Reply #13 on: 02/21/03 03:04 AM »

Borg,

Right.  Now to find some cheap or better yet, free!  Wally World only stocks kits that start at $12.  I ran across a place on the web that offered free samples in exchange for filling out their survey, but I didn't save the address  Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: 02/21/03 09:04 AM »

It's way, way too bright. I think it's not only a nuisance but a potential safety hazard because it's so distracting. Has anyone asked their dealer whether a less bright bulb can be used, or has anyone talked to Chevrolet about the issue? So far, in my three weeks as a new owner, this is my major complaint.
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« Reply #15 on: 02/21/03 10:32 AM »

Found it!  Here ya go:

http://www.gilafilms.com/asp/report.asp
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« Reply #16 on: 02/28/03 03:24 AM »

I'd like to return to addressing the cause of the problem, rather than how to mask it. Has anyone had the instrument cluster out and examined it to see if the high beam indicator light is a replaceable bulb? If it is, reducing the brightness will be a simple matter of bulb replacement. On the other hand, if it's an LED on a circuit board, we're probably out of luck on reducing the brightness.
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« Reply #17 on: 02/28/03 04:47 AM »

If it is a LED on the board, it is relatively easy to dim it.  99.9% of the time the current limiting resistor is very close to the LED.  Just a matter of changing that resistor out (since I do stuff like this for a living, it's easy to me.....other people might  hurl )

If it is not close, you can lift a leg of the LED and solder one in series.

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« Reply #18 on: 02/28/03 05:17 AM »

Borg,

Thanks, I went to the link and ordered the sample.

BTW, nice choice for color of your Av... Wink

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« Reply #19 on: 05/26/03 09:26 AM »

I read this post earlier but had not yet used the high beams,, It is very bright , so bright it illuminates the side of the instrument cluster,, Anybody have news on a bulb/led replacement or some other permanent fix.
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« Reply #20 on: 05/27/03 01:00 AM »

Mine doesn't really bother me that much. I don't use high beams much anyway, and when I do, it seems it's usually either behind the steering wheel spoke or blocked by my arm or hand. But it truly is brighter than it needs to be.
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« Reply #21 on: 06/04/03 11:18 PM »

found this on another site this may help


#03-08-49-006 - (05/15/2003)
IP Cluster High Beam Indicator too Bright (Reprogram IPC)

2003 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT
2003 Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe
2003 GMC Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL

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Some customers may comment that the IP cluster high beam indicator lamp is too bright.

Correction
To reduce the high beam indicator intensity level, reprogram the IPC with the service calibration that was available from Techline on the TIS2000 version 4.5 or later for 2003. This calibration is an electronic calibration and is not available from GMSPO.


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« Reply #22 on: 06/09/03 02:06 PM »

Talked with service department at my Chevy dealership today and he confirmed RossG find above.. He ran the numbers  in his computer and said they could reprogram IPC.  It will take about 45minutes.. I have not made appointment yet but will get back to the forum when mod. is complete. He was unaware of this problem and thought it was an issue only pre-2003, Dave
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« Reply #23 on: 06/09/03 03:02 PM »

I am also one of the many who beleive that the high beam light is way too bright. I first owned a 2002 wich all electrical components were perfect, but when I traded for an 2003 model I was blinded by the light. Sure there are alot more cool features you can obtain with the 03 models but the high beam light was not a featureI would ask for. C-YA later and happy Avalanchin
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« Reply #24 on: 06/10/03 01:26 AM »

Pick AV,

Keep us in the loop on how that turns out. I'm sure plenty here would be interested. I can't imagine that reprogramming anything would take 45 minutes though, perhaps that's just their standard quote to cover their time though so they get 3/4 of a hour worth of labor out of it? *shrug*
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