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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:24 am

Here's the DRL logic: When the lights are OFF either by selecting off, or when in AUTO and there is sufficient light to trip the off threshold, and the car is in READY mode, it will light and tilt UP the LED low beams (so that it's more visible to other drivers), and light the fog lights.

If any lighting control is turned on, such as parking lights, low beams, high beams, then the DRL function is cancelled and the level control returns to normal (as set) and the lights function as stock. This also applies to AUTO when dark.

So if you leave your mode in AUTO, then you get LED DRL's during the day (tilted higher than normally possible), and normal as stock lighting at night.

I have also replaced all the incandescent bulbs in the car with LED's, with the exception of the reverse lights, turn signals, and high beams.

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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:47 am

Boy has this thread jumped the shark! :lol:
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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:56 am

I am interested in the op method. But, I hate those wire taps. Is there any way to connect to one of the terminals or add a circuit to one of the fuses inside the IPDM?
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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:01 pm

Ingineer wrote: I have also replaced all the incandescent bulbs in the car with LED's, with the exception of the reverse lights, turn signals, and high beams.
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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:12 pm

rawhog wrote:I am interested in the op method. But, I hate those wire taps. Is there any way to connect to one of the terminals or add a circuit to one of the fuses inside the IPDM?
I haven't checked that this is the right size for the Leaf or that there is space for this in the fuse box, but check out http://www.amazon.com/Littelfuse-FHA200 ... B0002BGELQ
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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:20 pm

Oh, those look cool! I didn't even know those existed. Fuses are all pretty standard nowadays (unless they're mini fuses), so they should work. Looking at the wiring diagram, fuse 5 (ON power supply fuse) seems like a perfect candidate. If you try them, report back and let us know how it works. Connect the positive wires to this and the negative wires to any body ground. Since it looks like this also provides a fuse outlet for the new circuit, use the smallest fuse you can get - a 1A would more than cover it. You'll need to find a way to splice the two plugs into that single socket. Perhaps they make a y splitter? I'm assuming this thing would fit under the lid of the fuse block... You'd still need to find a suitable place to route the wires out. I'm rambling and thinking out loud. And I'm beginning to wonder if this is really any easier. But at least you could avoid the potentially finicky taps. :D

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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:29 am

Be sure to look at the other options on Amazon as well as there are nearly half a dozen different types from different manufactures and all have advantages and disadvantages. I've used them on other cars in the past for lower power equipment and they work well if you don't want to slice a wire.
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rawhog wrote:I am interested in the op method. But, I hate those wire taps. Is there any way to connect to one of the terminals or add a circuit to one of the fuses inside the IPDM?
I haven't checked that this is the right size for the Leaf or that there is space for this in the fuse box, but check out http://www.amazon.com/Littelfuse-FHA200 ... B0002BGELQ
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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:43 am

Yea, I already have the add a circuit. The problem I'm having is figuring out which circuit to use. There is a thread on here somewhere that showed that method. But, it tapped into a fuse in the cluster closest to the bulkhead. Did it that way. But, the DRL's come on when the charger turns on. Not what I want. So, my question is really, "What circuit can I use to put the add a circuit into that will not come on with the charger?"
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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:40 pm

rawhog wrote:Yea, I already have the add a circuit. The problem I'm having is figuring out which circuit to use. There is a thread on here somewhere that showed that method. But, it tapped into a fuse in the cluster closest to the bulkhead. Did it that way. But, the DRL's come on when the charger turns on. Not what I want. So, my question is really, "What circuit can I use to put the add a circuit into that will not come on with the charger?"
GeekEV wrote:Looking at the wiring diagram, fuse 5 (ON power supply fuse) seems like a perfect candidate.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Oh, and I realized later that you'd have to splice some wire one way or another, since the snap in plugs that come with that kit are short and close to the lights themselves. The longer wires it comes with are bare ends. But at least you can make the splice at your leisure on a comfortable table, rather than directly into the car's wiring. :)

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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:51 pm

I already have the ground wires landed on the negative 12v battery terminal. And the + wires are sitting ready to pull into wherever. This fuse 5 you refer to. Is that in the IPDM?
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