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      12-06-2010, 02:12 AM   #1
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Question about Pathway Light

I have a 07 328i Coupe. The description from the manual about pathway light really confuse me. I think the way to setup a pathway light is:
1) setup the delay time >0
2) shut down everything
3) pull the handle toward the wheel (headlight flasher)
4) get out of the car!

But as soon as I lock the car (touching the handle for comfort access, or press the lock button from remoter), the low beam turns OFF. Is it how it suppose to work, or did I miss anything here? Thanks a lot!
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      12-06-2010, 07:58 AM   #2
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you've got it right. Just make sure the delay is more than 0 (mine is 45, controlled through Idrive) you only have to set it once. And when you're pulling the handle, make sure you pull it harder as if you were clicking on your highbeams (except toward you), not like you were using the flasher.
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what does this pathway light do?
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      12-06-2010, 01:45 PM   #4
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Doesn't it leave the AE's on?
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what does this pathway light do?
It leaves your low beams on for a short set-period of time so you can see your way in the dark.

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Doesn't it leave the AE's on?
You're probably thinking of "Welcome lighting"
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      12-06-2010, 02:23 PM   #6
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"Welcome lighting" - when you are coming back to your car
"Pathway lighting" - when you are walking away from your car
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Hi it'smy first BMW. I have Bi xenons option. I'd like to find out what the two other lights are for(inner lights close to the grill). I don't think I've ever seen them light up nor found a way to switch them on.
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what does this pathway light do?
Its AKA "look my fancy@$$ car lights"

just makes you look cool -- leave your car, lock it, xeons go off themselves.

"pathway lighting"

The thought behind it may have been for women or vulnerable people at night or whatever.
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Hi it'smy first BMW. I have Bi xenons option. I'd like to find out what the two other lights are for(inner lights close to the grill). I don't think I've ever seen them light up nor found a way to switch them on.
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With xenons, the inner lights are actually cornering lights. This is counterintuitive since most cornering lights are located on the corners/sides of cars, not further inside than the headlights. I would wager BMW did this so that xenon/non-xenon cars could share exterior parts without having a special configuration for each. [I'm glad they did this because it allows the car to retain the iconic BMW 4-headlight look while having the high/low beams efficiently be the same single light on each side] Having BOTH cornering lights come on when the car is put into reverse is a fairly common thing for cars that have cornering lights.

Cornering/front reverse lights only come on when the lights are in automatic mode (switch to left).
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got my pathway light set at 40s .... but beams go off as soon as i lock it... whats the pro?
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got my pathway light set at 40s .... but beams go off as soon as i lock it... whats the pro?
i have mine set at 100s, same thing happens.
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      08-19-2012, 11:33 AM   #12
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i have mine set at 100s, same thing happens.
As they have worked just fine when set to 40 seconds in my last 4 BMWs, I'd have it looked at under warranty.

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Thread from the dead.

Just picked up a 2008 328i, my pathway light feature does the same... No workee, workee.

No change after setting the delay to any value in the config menu settings (0 to 150 seconds).

Anybody else ever find the reason why their pathway lights do not work either?
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