If you throw something over the little "eye" on the dashboard the dashboard lights will come on any time you want.
I also found this to be weird when I first got the car, but now I'm used to it.
As for the light bulb behind the switch, I don't know, but I do know that they are not LED bulbs, at least they're not in my car. I only know that because they got hot and burned all the color (red) off the switches so that they are pinkish white rather than red like they're supposed to be.
Aftermarket Exhaust system w/chrome tip. (came with car)
Red ZZ Performance Strut Tower Bar.
Pioneer DEH-P5200HD CD Receiver (HD Radio).
Metra 99-3303 adapter and Steering wheel control adapter.
LED bulbs in climate control panel.
Moda MD9 wheels, Falken Ziex ZE 912 tires.