of course I am OS. wouldn't be so bothered by your opinions if I didn't respect them and you. maybe not kidding about building a third autolamp module, or i might just cut one wire at a time and re solder to make more straight lines. feedback means a lot to me. it is how we all learn and grow. I have only built hardware at this point. I am now working on learning picaxe basic enough to make this thing work hopefully in the same fashion as my original. the way I wrote the sketch for what i'm running now, every time the loop cycles through if the light is above a certain level it will subtract 1 from this number, and if the light is below a certain level it will add 1 to this number. when this number hits 80 the parking lights come on, and at 100 the headlamps will turn on and subtract 1 from this number. when this number gets down to 20 it will turn the headlamps off and when it hits 0 it will turn the parking lights off and add 1 to this number. this sketch has worked beautifully and the lights are stable they don't turn off when I go into well lit parking lots or pass under street lamps, and to have a delay between parking lamps coming on and headlamps coming on I think is just cool.