Should instrument cluster gauge lights only come on when headlights are on?

oldzmobile

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I have a 1998 Intrigue.

The RPM, speedometer, gas gauge, etc. only light up when the headlights are on.

(The LED odometer, warning lights and gear selector are always lit when the engine is on.)

Is this normal operation? Or should the gauges light up when the engine is running regardless of whether the headlamps are on?

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I believe the instrument cluster it tied to the headlight sentinel system; headlights on, cluster on, daytime running lights on, cluster off.
 
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