Daytime Running Lights

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  1. steveclecy

    steveclecy Read Only Funster

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    Has anyone considered retro-fitting Daytime Running Lights?

    There is an interesting and seemingly accurate article on Wikipedia here which refers to all vehicles Type Approved after February 2011 needing to have low energy Daytime Running Lights.

    I would not expect that any legislation to be retrospective but there appear to be major road safety benefits in having these lights.

    Google found this site (of which I have no connection) which seem to cater for X250 owners with a reasonable cost retro-fit, utilising the (on mine anyway) blank space for fog lamps.

    Steve
     
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    Thanks Steve, they look good. I wonder just how tough/easy they actually are to fit? Hope someone gets some and fits them and reports difficulty rating.

    :thumb:
     
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    i like the bit where it says or remove the fog lights if required.
    why dont they just make them to fit in the square hole above the fog light hole as i think that would be a better position
     
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    Or you could just turn on your lights when you're driving and not spend anything!



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    British studies were nowhere near as optimistic as the EU ones.

    My belief is that when all vehicles have them they will not make any difference at all and might end up more dangerous because the glare will hide dangers, like pedestrians in dark clothing.
     
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    although its not a new idea is it volvos have had their side lights on for donkeys years
     
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    Too easy !

    And, as always, regulations have two prime movers, legislators who want to keep their jobs and vested interests.

    There does not seem to be much commercial advantage in these so I guess 90% of the reason for the legislation is keeping some EU tower of pen pushers making work to keep their jobs.
     
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    Although these are LED lamps and therefore a bonus, running lights when not necessary costs you, (you get owt for nowt) lights, A/C etc all put a load on the battery and therefore the alternator takes extra engine power, at £6.5 a gallon every little helps!!
     
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    my V70 had dipped headlights on when the engine was running........until i found the little hidden switch which turns them off
     
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    Hi, fitted DRL's last year and personally think they are worth the cost. Yes, they do get you noticed and if fitted correctly do not glare oncoming drivers. Fitting; easy, with basic DIY knowledge to allow adjustment. Relay links in with headlights so that they turn off once headlamps are lit. Consumption; LED's not worth worrying about use more fuel dodging pot holes.
     
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    I believe it would cost - two Day Running Lamps consume 8 watts and two dipped headlamps, two tail lamps and one or two number plate lamps considerably more (approx 150 watts?). More power consumption = more fuel consumption.

    Is that not the cooling vent for the front brakes?

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    OK c'mon spill the beans please.....where's the switch?

    I have never managed to find one on my V70 and the manual says it's a dealer job £££££££:Doh:
     
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    This article on the BBC site also mentions concerns that motorbikes will no longer stand out during the day by having their lights on, putting them more at risk from car/truck drivers who fail to see them at junctions, etc.
     
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    DRL's are like hivis vests and amber beacons, useless when everyone uses them. they are as usefull as straighht bananas, wieghing in kilos, and buying fuel in ltrs, I,d be concentrating on making sure your towbars and electrics are compliant come your next MOT, and that you have no wiring that could get snagged or chafe, all of which will be a fail, rather than sticking more lights on that if there, will have to work.
    While we are on the subject, has anyone got any go faster stripes, carlos fandango wheels or those magnets that save you gallons and gallons of fuel?
     
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    I fitted them to my RV

    I purchased some Daylight driving lights ... about 20 less double stacked from one of the shows last year and fitted them to the RV (Ford E350) located them under the headlamps and they come on with the ignition. Had the RV MOT'd last May and nothing was said about them being on while the engine was running or with the headlamps when they were tested. I have them linked to the ignition via a fused unit. I certainly can be seen when I am on the move.

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    I wouldn't entertain the thought!

    Using them would divert precious electrons from taking a trip through my batteries!:Wink:
     
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    If they are required on a new vehicle, they will already be fitted.
    If not required on an older vehicle, why fart about retro fitting?
     
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    Very simple

    VERY VERY SIMPLE SO THE OTHER IDIOTS CAN SEE YOU.:cry:


    Bob
     
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    You are driving around in something the size of a small town, if they can't see that will a few LEDs help ?

    "Look dear some bright LEDs".

    "Yes dear they are attached to a small mobile town, should you visit Specsavers ?"
     
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    Remember Brian I have also

    Very true Brian.. but if you think I have the usual American array of orange front marker lamps... 5 across the roof line and then my marker poles have orange lamps on them that also light up I look like a christmas tree in the dark.... but in the day time the daylight running lamps do make sure that I am seen ...I will never know if it has stopped an idiot pulling out or not... but even if once it works then that makes them worthwhile in my books.

    If no need for them, why are they now on all new cars?


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