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Interpreting headlamp range control

On my Mercedes, there is a dial to adjust headlamp range. From reading the interactive owner's manual. It states:

Turn headlamp range control to the position which corresponds to the load in your vehicle.
0 - Driver's seat and front-passenger seat occupied
1 - Driver's seat, front-passenger seat and rear seats occupied
2 - Driver's seat, front-passenger seat and rear seats occupied, luggage compartment laden
3 - Not required

Does anyone know what 3 means? Is that suppose to be the default setting? Does anyone have aftermarket HID and fiddle with those settings?
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On my Mercedes, there is a dial to adjust headlamp range. From reading the interactive owner's manual. It states:

Turn headlamp range control to the position which corresponds to the load in your vehicle.
0 - Driver's seat and front-passenger seat occupied
1 - Driver's seat, front-passenger seat and rear seats occupied
2 - Driver's seat, front-passenger seat and rear seats occupied, luggage compartment laden
3 - Not required

Does anyone know what 3 means? Is that suppose to be the default setting? Does anyone have aftermarket HID and fiddle with those settings?
With after market HIDs you should likely use "3" as a default, the lights would blind oncoming traffic from poor pattern anyway.

Otherwise it would be 100% as written to your manual. Usually the default would be 0 if you don't have passengers more than at the front. But if you always have rear seats occupied, the default would be 1. If you always have the car full of stuff, the default would be 2. MB cannot know if you usually drive alone or the trunk filled up, they cannot state the default for an individual. The third position should still extend the lights adjustment downwards but should not be needed even with a lot of baggage etc.

OEM HIDs always come with auto-levelling, you would not have this issue with OEM xenons.
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Thanks for the reply. I bought the car used and it came with aftermarket HID. The HID kit is from Philips from looking at the ballast. The headlight is projector and the HID cut off line is clean but unfortunately no auto-levelling as you mentioned. I just want to set the beam to give the best light coverage without blinding people , I guess "3" is the safest.
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I guess "3" is the safest.
If you don't want to test aiming the official way then use "3" until it gets dark and you can see the actual range. On a car without load I'm sure you would prefer to use a different setting.
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