headlights 2005 A6

I have a stupid question:
How do I turn on the bi-xenon lights on my 2005 A6? I have tried all positions of the light switch, low beam, high beam, you name it, but the
lights do not come on. I am talking about the lights closest to the center of the car in the headlight cluster.
Feeling really stupid....
mike
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I don't know about the 2005 cars, but on my 2003 RS6, the inner lights come on when I select high beam by pushing the indicator stalk away from me.
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mikebode wrote:

Mike,
Not familiar with this car, but on my (older) A6, the "other" lights within the head light cluster are actually the fog lights - they are next to the regular head lights, rather than in the bumper as you would expect.
Matt.
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No owners manual??
Those are typically the high beams so would be stalk-controlled (i.e., push turn signal stalk forward for high beams, back for low beams). If they are fog lights, on my car they are controlled by pulling the headlight switch out from the dash - once for front and a second notch for the rear light....
Dan D '04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6 Central NJ USA
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Highly likely the set up is the same as an A4, in which case, push the stalk away from you for main beam. Which is what these are me thinks, assuming the same as a 2005 A4 (new model).
Mike.

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That's what I thought, but the lights do not come on.
There are 2 big reflectors in the headlight cluster. One of them has some kind of lens, the other (the innermost one) does not. When I turn on the light, only the one with the lens turns on. When I switch to Hi-beam (by pushing the stalk on the steeiring wheel), the same lamp gets brighter, but the other lamp stays dark. Very strange.
And yes, I do have a manual. It says: To turn on the hi-beam, push the stalk. No word about which lamps should be bright.
Guess I need to "investigate" further.
mike

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mikebode wrote:

They might not be used?

As I understand, the bi-xenon lights use the same lamp for both low beam and high beam. There's a shutter mechanism being switched when you move the stalk so that actually the xenon light gets reflected by a differently shaped reflector in the back of the housing for high beam, throwing a larger and different pattern.
The light casings you see might as well be for the non bi-xenon high beams. They would light up when low beam is switched off and high beam is switched on in a non xenon equipped car.
In your car they might just not be operating, but it's cheaper to use the same assembly.
Regards
Wolfgang
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That's definitely a possibility. Strange though, that there is even a bulb in the lamp...
I can see your other point, though. I did notice that the light does not turn on immediately, but flickers for a fraction of a second, then turns on more gradually. Something I have not seen in a standard light bulb. Probably the Xenon lamps.
mike
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