How to Turn Off Automatic Headlights

by Thomas West

Headlights are an important safety feature, illuminating your way at night and making your vehicle more visible in bad weather and low-light conditions. Some vehicles may have an electronic headlight control that automatically turns your headlights on at dusk. When the ignition key is tuned off, the headlights will also shut off. Some vehicles may have a delay feature built in that leaves the headlights on for a few seconds once the key is turned off. The automatic headlights can be shut off in some vehicles, allowing you to control the headlights manually with the headlight switch.

General Motors Automatic Headlight System

Insert the ignition key into the switch and rotate it to the "ON" position.

Press and release the dome override button (near the headlight switch) four times within a six-second time-frame.

Listen for a chime, which lets you know that the automatic headlight system has been disabled.

Ford Autolamp Control

Locate the Autolamp control knob on the dashboard near the headlight switch.

Turn the Autolamp control knob in a clockwise direction to the "OFF" position.

Operate the headlights manually using the headlight switch.


  • The General Motors Automatic Headlight System will need to be disabled after every time the ignition key has been returned to the "OFF" position. If you wish to turn the automatic headlight system back on while the key is on, press the dome override button four times within six seconds and listen for the confirmation chime. The Ford Autolamp system will remain off as long as the auto lamp control knob remains off.

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