key5000
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Daytime Running Light Wiring on 2015

Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:58 pm

Hello Everyone,

Over the weekend, I have installed DRL for my 2015 SV, the cost is less than $10.

I know, there are DRL topics out there but the wiring instruction does not work on some.

Below is instruction on how to install it and where to get the parts:
- Buy DRL LED from eBay for $6 ; sorry, I do not know how to create hyper-link (http://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-Super-Bright ... IG&vxp=mtr)
- Buy Quick Splice Electrical Connector from local auto part or Amazon

= Drill 4 small holes at the front bumper (black part, see picture below)
= Stick the DRL LED to the bumper using double side tape included in the LED
= Using small cable ties to secure it by those 4 holes
= Drill another hole so the wire from LED can go through it.
= Now, open the EDM box (locate on the right side next to battery) and turn it over, locate purple/white wire and tap the red wire (+)from LED to it using quick splice. (do not use the one from 3 wire plug) See picture below for detail.
= Locate black/white wire and tap the black wire (-) from LED to it using quick splice
==> installation is now completed.

Here is the DRL LED activity:

1- Engine ON, ==> DRL=ON
2- Engine OFF, ==> DRL=OFF
3- Charging ON, ==> DRL=OFF
4- Charging OFF, ==> DRL=OFF

Note, you can buy any LED light from eBay to replace LED from above, if you like (I had another one for my 2015 S model too)

Here are the pictures:
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2015 SV Model (purchased)
@7months; 8.5k; 99% SOH; 384V; 61.58AHr

2015 S Model (purchased)
@6months; 7.0k; 94% SOH; 390V; 58.8AHr
After market LED fog light

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powersurge
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Re: Daytime Running Light Wiring on 2015

Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:44 am

wow, that looks great!

arnis
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Re: Daytime Running Light Wiring on 2015

Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:27 pm

I'm pretty sure they are very weak. Not even noticeable when Sun is high.
There is almost nothing good on eBay for few bucks.
I recommend Philips DRL's.

Also these are not legal.
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key5000
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Re: Daytime Running Light Wiring on 2015

Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:28 pm

I also have DRL installed on another 2015 S model with 18W on each side (total of 36W), it cost me only $22.
This LED is VERY BRIGHT, my wife forgot to turn on the head light when she running at night as this LED is so bright that she though head light already ON.

Here is the LED
http://www.ebay.com/itm/18w-6-CREE-LED- ... lh&vxp=mtr
2015 SV Model (purchased)
@7months; 8.5k; 99% SOH; 384V; 61.58AHr

2015 S Model (purchased)
@6months; 7.0k; 94% SOH; 390V; 58.8AHr
After market LED fog light

All LEAF are equipped with Spare Tire (hidden inside the trunk) and Backup Sensor

arnis
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Re: Daytime Running Light Wiring on 2015

Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:26 am

Much better. Philips DRL also use reflectors to beam the light but in random directions.
DRL on the other hand should not be spot-light but rather flood (seller offers that too).
DRL's should be highly visible from any angle.
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michelb
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Re: Daytime Running Light Wiring on 2015

Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:04 am

Thanks for the detailed write-up.

For those worried about the brightness, they really don't need to be bright; they are not intended to provide light to see, their purpose is only only to be seen.
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arnis
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Re: Daytime Running Light Wiring on 2015

Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:30 am

Park lights can be seen during the night but not during the day.
DRL-s must "shine". So they are brighter than daylight. Low output LED-s are not appropriate,
especially those that have no reflectors playing with light beams.
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RonDawg
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Re: Daytime Running Light Wiring on 2015

Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:14 pm

arnis wrote:Also these are not legal.


Maybe not in Estonia, but in the US (where DRL is not a requirement but is allowed) they're fine. They also seem just as bright as the factory DRL's on my 2015 eGolf.

OP: Thank you for your post. I know many people were wondering where to tap in for the power for an aftermarket DRL. If I still had my Leaf I would probably do this.
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michelb
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Re: Daytime Running Light Wiring on 2015

Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:20 pm

I installed 2 x 6W LED strips and I think i might have to replace them as they might actually be too bright (for nighttime). Even at just 6W each, they are noticeably brighter than the factory DRLs on our other cars. In Canada, DRLs are typically high beams at 1/2 power and the law has a maximum of 7000 candelas - which I suspect these exceed. Some of the proposed legislation in the US proposed a maximum of 1500 candelas which these would probably be way past.

For anyone looking at getting similar DRLs, it might be worth getting the style that are mounted on a bracket so that they can be aimed lower.
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arnis
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Re: Daytime Running Light Wiring on 2015

Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:40 am

DRL should be OFF while low/high beams are in use.
DRL means daytime running lamp - therefore used while it is daytime.

AFAIK, 6W seems to be fine if it doesn't glow directly into traffic.
Also, most likely they are weaker than 6W. Measure consumption to be sure.
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