BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: Lights and lighting

Vehicle features and options

This chapter describes all standard, country-specific and optional features offered with the series.

It also describes features and functions that are not necessarily available in your vehicle, e.g., due to the selected options or country versions. This also applies to safety-related functions and systems.

When using these functions and systems, the applicable laws and regulations must be observed.

Lights and lighting

Switches in the vehicle

Switches in the vehicle

The light switch element is located next to the steering wheel.

Symbol/ Function

Night vision.

Lights off.

Daytime running lights.

Parking lights.

Automatic headlight control.

Adaptive light functions.

Low beams.

Instrument lighting.

Right roadside parking light.

Left roadside parking light.

Automatic headlight control


The low beams are switched on and off automatically depending on the ambient brightness, for example in tunnels, in twilight or if there is precipitation.

General information

A blue sky with the sun low on the horizon can cause the lights to be switched on.


Position of switch:
The indicator light in the instrument cluster is illuminated when the low beams are switched on.

System limits

The automatic headlight control cannot serve as a substitute for your personal judgment of lighting conditions.

For example, the sensors are unable to detect fog or hazy weather. In these situations, switch the lights on manually.

Parking lights, low beams and roadside parking lights

General information

Position of switch:  ,

If the driver's door is opened when the driveready state is switched off, the exterior lighting is automatically switched off after a period of time.

Parking lights

Switching on

Position of switch:

The indicator light in the
instrument cluster lights up.

The vehicle is illuminated on all sides.

Do not use the parking lights for extended periods; otherwise, they might drain the battery and it would then be impossible to switch on driveready state.

Low beams

Switching on

Position of switch:
The low beams illuminate when drive-ready state is switched on.

The indicator light in the
instrument cluster lights up.

Roadside parking lights

When the vehicle is parked, a one-sided roadside parking light can be switched on.

Button/  Function

- Right roadside parking light

- Left roadside parking light

Welcome lights

General information

Depending on the equipment, the exterior lighting of the vehicle can be set individually.


Position of switch:,

Via iDrive:

  1. "CAR"
  2. "Settings"
  3.  "Exterior lighting"
  4. Select the desired setting:
  • "Welcome and goodbye"

When unlocking the vehicle, individual light functions are switched on for a limited time.

  • "Door handle lights"

Door handles and the ground in front of the doors are illuminated for a limited time.

  • "Welcome Light Carpet"

The area next to the vehicle is illuminated for a limited time.

LED light carpet

LED light carpet

The light source is located in the position indicated.

Keep the light source clean and unobstructed.


     Pathway lighting

    General information The low beams stay illuminated for a particular time if the high beams are switched on after the drive-ready state is switched off. Setting the duration Via iDrive: "CAR" "Setti

     High-beam Assistant

    Concept The high-beam Assistant detects other traffic participants early on and automatically switches the high beams on or off depending on the traffic situation. General information The high-beam As

     Laser high beams

    Concept The range of the high beams is increased and ensures an even better illumination of the road. General information When the high beams are switched-on, starting with a speed of approx. 37 mph/6


     Integrated key

    General information The driver's door can be locked and unlocked without the vehicle key using the integrated key. The integrated key also fits the glove compartment. Safety information Warning For some country versions, unlocking from the inside is only possible with special knowledge. Persons w

     Evasion Assistant

    Concept The system supports the driver in making evasive maneuvers in certain situations, such as when obstacles or persons suddenly appear. General information The system issues a warning and intervenes to support the driver if a lateral evasive maneuver is possible. Sensors monitor and detect the

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