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Has anyone else noticed a v-shaped black/blind spot notch in the headlight pattern at night? I have GT-Line with the premium package so it has the three headlights per side. It’s very distracting and a little dangerous. It is on my drivers side. See attached picture. No issues with the high beam on.
 

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Has anyone else noticed a v-shaped black/blind spot notch in the headlight pattern at night? I have GT-Line with the premium package so it has the three headlights per side. It’s very distracting and a little dangerous. It is on my drivers side. See attached picture. No issues with the high beam on.
I Have the same thing with mine assuming it’s how it was designed (K5 premium pkg) as well !
 

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I did an at-home test drive on one with the premium package, and I’m 6 foot 5.
I had about two fingers between my head and the headliner. One big bump and I would have brain damage.
It was 92° that day the last thing I wanted was sun on my head, even with the sunshade closed, the heat poured in and the a/c struggled to catch up.

Cutting out the roof for a sunroof lowers structural integrity, and adds more than 100 pounds to the highest point on the vehicle; (reference center of gravity).

So I made sure I got one with out the premium package and the headlights are perfect.
I have reflector LED headlamps.

Premium package GT-Line, and premium package GT are the only models available with the projector headlights.

Projector LED headlamps are better on paper, I really wanted them but wasn’t willing to deal with the sunroof.

One consolation is the premium package has better electronics on DriveWise that smoothly steers through a corner as well and stop and go cruise control.

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I would’ve got the premium package with the sunroof if I had enough headroom. It’s not that I’m knocking the sunroof, I can’t ignore facts and reality.
I left out how they love to rattle and pop, how you’re supposed to do regular maintenance on all parts of it including lubing little rollers, cleaning any debris out of the tracks, flush the drain system, and on and on.

But again, I would’ve gotten the premium package with the sunroof if I fit in the car which I did not. I fit super good with no sunroof.

Enjoy K5 with or without the panoramic sunroof.
 

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I noticed the strange pattern on my first day of ownership (last night). Didn't think too much of it.
 

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I've noticed it. Kind of annoying, but other than that. No big deal. I assumed it was to cut down the glare to oncoming traffic and that the lights were designed with that in mind. Damn engineers, always trying fix what isn't broken
 

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I have the same dark V on my GT Line premium package. I wondered if the headlights just need adjusted? We have to take ours to the dealer Tuesday to have them look at the paint where a sticker left residue on the gas door do I am asking them about it then.
 

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Well it seems to inherent with all of them. I had a GT-Line loner for a week before mine came in from the mfg. plant. I noticed it the very first night I drove it. I mentioned it to my salesman when mine got in. When it came in, I got it at 630pm. So I had the salesman take a ride with me and he to noticed it. Well, I have it scheduled for the 15th to see if they can adjust them to get ride of the "V" out there. I'll follow back up when that happens to let everyone know what they did if anything.
 

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Well, I too adjusted the lights(finding the U and D screws) and it did help by adjusting it up, but the "V" is still there. only problem is, one has to adjust almost to the point of blinding people in front of you. I had an appointment at the dealership yesterday, but due to the bad wintery conditions they called me and rescheduled it for the 1st of the month. My salesman said the service dept. mgr. said it needs a left/right adjustment. Well, before I go there, I think I found that adjustment screw. Will let you all know if that is the one and send a pic or two of it. Everyone please be safe out there...........
 

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Has anyone else noticed a v-shaped black/blind spot notch in the headlight pattern at night? I have GT-Line with the premium package so it has the three headlights per side. It’s very distracting and a little dangerous. It is on my drivers side. See attached picture. No issues with the high beam on.
I have the same issue and the dealer is not helping.
 

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It's not really an 'issue' per se, but I do understand it can be annoying for some. Apparently, it's intentionally designed that way to prevent blinding incoming cars in the other side of the road.

A more in depth look into the lights and housing would probably provide more clues on what they did to do that and how to get rid of it for those that don't want it.
 

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They are designed that way. It's to alleviate the projector shining into oncoming traffic, works better on a two lane road. A normal hid projector has a step similar to _/``````` that shape. It's not an issue with the car, but the idea is that you don't lose visibility to the driver side of the vehicle having the entire side lower than the front and passenger. Having a completely flat cutoff gives you more even distribution on both sides but there has to be an alleviating section so you don't blind people driving the other way.

If you want more info, the projector led headlights are each a set of three projectors. You will notice the cutoffs overlap at a closer distance but when projected down road they align to give you a uniform cutoff. They do not have adaptive aim based on steering, as do other premium hid projectors, and they also do not have a bixenon option like other premium hid projectors. HID is a gas bulb that uses a fired sulfur salt with extremely high voltage to create light. LEDs are well, small light emitting diodes. For the K5, the outer two projectors are used as low beam on each headlight, and the inner projector has no cutoff (used for high beams). This makes the headlight much more simple, as it no longer requires small moving parts and motors to either 1)move the projector to the outside to give better light when turning or 2)flip the projector cutoff plate down so the projector emits it's full output, like the high beam projector.

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It's not really an 'issue' per se, but I do understand it can be annoying for some. Apparently, it's intentionally designed that way to prevent blinding incoming cars in the other side of the road.

A more in depth look into the lights and housing would probably provide more clues on what they did to do that and how to get rid of it for those that don't want it.
You would have to remove the headlight, disassemble it, and then take the projectors out and disassemble them. Giving you access to the cutoff plate which I can only assume has a raised v to block that section. The plate would look similar to

You have to remember that the projector flips the image due to the way the light hits the bowl. Your cutoff and dark area is the top of the output, but inside the projector the cutoff plate is mounted on the bottom, upside down.
 

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You would have to remove the headlight, disassemble it, and then take the projectors out and disassemble them. Giving you access to the cutoff plate which I can only assume has a raised v to block that section. The plate would look similar to

You have to remember that the projector flips the image due to the way the light hits the bowl. Your cutoff and dark area is the top of the output, but inside the projector the cutoff plate is mounted on the bottom, upside down.
Just pretend that triangle has underscores on each side of it 😆
 

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Has anyone else noticed a v-shaped black/blind spot notch in the headlight pattern at night? I have GT-Line with the premium package so it has the three headlights per side. It’s very distracting and a little dangerous. It is on my drivers side. See attached picture. No issues with the high beam on.
I have a 2022 K5 GT line. Same headlight issue. Dealer service manager advised me that Kia told him there is no adjustment to correct this. I firmly believe that not only is it annoying, it is downright dangerous. I had a child walk thru that Blindspot and barely missed her. I'm filing a compliment with the national highway safety transportation board. I would encourage all of you that have this issue to do the same. It's the only way Kia will actually do anything about it. Maybe the lemon law would work also. Researching that. Good luck, be safe.
 

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I have a 2022 K5 GT line. Same headlight issue. Dealer service manager advised me that Kia told him there is no adjustment to correct this. I firmly believe that not only is it annoying, it is downright dangerous. I had a child walk thru that Blindspot and barely missed her. I'm filing a compliment with the national highway safety transportation board. I would encourage all of you that have this issue to do the same. It's the only way Kia will actually do anything about it. Maybe the lemon law would work also. Researching that. Good luck, be safe.
It's designed that way on purpose, but you do you
 

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What purpose is that? Please explain so I'll understand please.
It’s designed to not blind oncoming drivers with our headlights. I understand the design and I also understand it’s both distracting and a temporary blind spot for those of us driving the K5.

I doubt there is a proper win or fix for this.
 

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It's designed that way on purpose, but you do you
I know the current theory is the headlight void is to avoid blinding oncoming traffic. My issue is when driving around a curve to the right? The left headlight is firmly in the oncoming lane and the void is directly on the lane ahead. According to the prevailing theory of why the void exists, not only will oncoming traffic be blinded, but I can't see what is directly in my path, which I do find a little dangerous. Now that the days are getting shorter and I'm driving at night a little more, the void is bothering me more and more. I understand it most likely will never be addressed. Just venting a little.
 

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I know the current theory is the headlight void is to avoid blinding oncoming traffic. My issue is when driving around a curve to the right? The left headlight is firmly in the oncoming lane and the void is directly on the lane ahead. According to the prevailing theory of why the void exists, not only will oncoming traffic be blinded, but I can't see what is directly in my path, which I do find a little dangerous. Now that the days are getting shorter and I'm driving at night a little more, the void is bothering me more and more. I understand it most likely will never be addressed. Just venting a little.
Understandable. The void seems to only help oncoming traffic in certain road widths. A low speed two lane road seems to be the only time it makes sense. Otherwise it’s just annoying.
 
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