Man, that's really cheap.As soon as mine sense that there is not enough light they turn on, and the same for going off. There is about a 20sec delay before they turn on, so if you enter a underground parking lot they take a few seconds, but don't turn on going under a bridge etc. Same for turning off. I have also set mine to stay on for 30sec after I turn the ignition off, this is a really cool feature as you can see what you are doing etc. Sort of like a turbo timer, but for your lights .
This kit is available and is a GENUINE Mazda accessory for the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6. I have mine in my MPS ( MazdaSpeed6 ). The only confusing part is that you leave the lights in the OFF position and they just do their thing, or you can turn them on manually etc and bypass the system. To change settings you use a series of ignition clicks and light stalk clicks.
Personally I love them and think they are a great feature.
Edit: Cost me $157AUD ( approx $117 USD ) fitted by my mazda dealer.
The light sensor is actually there to provide an input for the automatic climatic control - or so they say. I suppose it is to know how to adjust for intense sunlight versus shade/cloud.Man, that's really cheap.
A side note - I still don't get why we have a light sensor in the MS6. <shrug>
That's not really an 'auto on/off' feature. It's more of a 'hey dumbass, you left your lights on. I'll turn them off so you can start me up next time you come out instead of having a dead battery."Mine does.
I leave the lights switched on, turn the car off and the lights turn off in about 10 seconds or so, maybe longer.
When you start the car they turn on, IF you leave them switched to the on position.
That's not really an 'auto on/off' feature. It's more of a 'hey dumbass, you left your lights on. I'll turn them off so you can start me up next time you come out instead of having a dead battery."
I used this 'feature' for awhile, but the buzzing of the alarm telling me the lights were still on got very old.