Rehm
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BMW 2021 change to instrument light colours?

Hello!

I am looking at buying at i3 and noticed that in addition to adding the pedestrian sound, the button and instrument lighting in the i3 has been changed from white to red in some videos (including the climate control knob) I've seen on YouTube, can someone confirm?

The red looks horrible.
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Re: BMW 2021 change to instrument light colours?

The color on the temp control knob changes based on the state of the headlights. That's true on all model years. It's white by day, orange by night.

The 2021 has a setting for "classic" or "modern" (don't quote me exactly, it's something like that) for ambient lighting.

In switching from my 2017 to a 2021, the only lighting difference I notice is the rear inside door hand grip areas are not internally lighted, but that may be only because I stepped down from a Tera interior. Everything else lighting-related remains unchanged.
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Re: BMW 2021 change to instrument light colours?

Rehm wrote: Sun Jan 16, 2022 2:06 pm … the button and instrument lighting in the i3 has been changed from white to red in some videos (including the climate control knob) I've seen on YouTube, can someone confirm? ...
In low light, all model years have changed from white to reddish-orange on the HVAC controls since the i3's debut in 2014. BMW has utilized this interior color scheme for decades, as it mitigates eye fatigue.
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Re: BMW 2021 change to instrument light colours?

eNate wrote: Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:07 pm The color on the temp control knob changes based on the state of the headlights. That's true on all model years. It's white by day, orange by night.

The 2021 has a setting for "classic" or "modern" (don't quote me exactly, it's something like that) for ambient lighting.

In switching from my 2017 to a 2021, the only lighting difference I notice is the rear inside door hand grip areas are not internally lighted, but that may be only because I stepped down from a Tera interior. Everything else lighting-related remains unchanged.
eNate, thank you for clarifying. Do you think the internal door grip lighting is available on the interior Lodge?

Also, with the 2021 model, can you turn off the pedestrian sound or not? Perhaps it varies by country?
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Re: BMW 2021 change to instrument light colours?

I haven't explored the parts diagrams to see if that particular light is optional or N/A -- perhaps another 2021 owner with Tera could pipe in?

In the US the acoustic warning began being phased in in September 2019, and there is no option to turn it off. I've heard at various times it was optional on other cars (I don't recall specifically about the i3) in other markets. It can be turned off or modified through coding.

I am a fan of it. My 2017 was quiet, which was nice, but that car was deadly silent and on my quiet residential street where the sidewalks and roadway are narrow and there are many pedestrians, I would often go unnoticed. With the acoustic pedestrian warning noise, pedestrians react as I am approaching and I'm also less concerned about somebody stepping out between parked cars (it's a slow street, but because it's so narrow it's always a concern).

I never feel like I am disturbing the peace when I come home at 11:30 at night. My wife knows it's me out front when I'm parking, but only because it's a unique sound while I'm parallel parking (forward, reverse make different noises) vs. any random ICE car.

I will say this. The i3 makes the noise beyond the required 18 MPH, and it is noticeable in the cabin. I do wish the cabin had better soundproofing, and I would be curious to know how its volume compares to what is required. My VW ID.4 -- which other owners complain is "too loud" -- I barely notice while I am in the car.
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Re: BMW 2021 change to instrument light colours?

The red looks horrible.

Rehm, what you describe as "red" is BMW's traditional amber (Classic) instrument lighting color – this has been standard instrumentation color for more than 30 years.

There is a setting under iDrive's "Lighting" vehicle preferences to switch between Classic (amber) and Modern (white) interior lighting. Even with "Classic" selected, I believe the HVAC system's temperature display will switch from amber (at night) to white (during the day).

I respectfully disagree with eNate regarding the pedestrian warning sound that's been added to late-model i3s. I find it far too loud in the cabin and the overall design of the sound I find to be highly unpleasant. It can be defeated – a search for BMW + "Pedestrian Warning" should provide enough results to get started.
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Just fair warning to proceed cautiously tampering with the pedestrian warning system. In the event of a pedestrian collision involving serious injury, death, or even just an insurance claim by the injured, if it's discovered that a mandated safety device has been defeated, it could result in lots of trouble, denied claims, civil lawsuits, etc. Personal injury claims are no joke, and there is a lot of money in the table to motivate these attorneys to chase down every lead.
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Re: BMW 2021 change to instrument light colours?

I believe the base Atelier/Deka only has the Modern ambient lighting. Loft/Mega, Lodge/Giga, and Suite/Tera add the option to toggle between Modern and Classic along with the blue welcome effect and exterior door handle lights. The dark Suite/Tera adds additional lights at the door handles and pockets, which aren’t needed in the two optional light interiors.
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Re: BMW 2021 change to instrument light colours?

stumbledotcom wrote: Sat Jan 22, 2022 7:18 pm I believe the base Atelier/Deka only has the Modern ambient lighting. Loft/Mega, Lodge/Giga, and Suite/Tera add the option to toggle between Modern and Classic along with the blue welcome effect and exterior door handle lights. The dark Suite/Tera adds additional lights at the door handles and pockets, which aren’t needed in the two optional light interiors.

A friend here in the US bought their 2018 i3 in the lowest trim level (Deka, I think?).

It has no Ambience lighting. :cry:
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Re: BMW 2021 change to instrument light colours?

Yes, can confirm Deka/Atelier has no interior lighting choices — "Classic" (reddish-orange) or "Modern" (white) — compared to the upgraded interior packages. In fact, there is significantly less interior lighting with this base "World". The lack of LEDs from door storage bins, the footwells, under the navigation display, and the missing blue LED overhead when unlocking were noticeable after first moving from Tera to Deka.
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