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

Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:14 pm

This is cool, but how does it compare to, umm, just turning on the lights when you drive in the daytime, and then turning them off when you stop?

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

Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:49 pm

When you're importing a LEAF from the US to Canada, it's a federal requirement to have DRLs added. I suspect most people that have contributed to this thread are either Canadian or just feel that DRLs are a compelling safety feature.

On my 2013 SV, I always have the headlights on the auto setting anyways, so the DRLs are pointless, but nonetheless I had to install them when importing.
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powersurge
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Re: HOW TO: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) installed for $35

Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:06 am

VirginiaBurbs wrote:This is cool, but how does it compare to, umm, just turning on the lights when you drive in the daytime, and then turning them off when you stop?
Nice comment... I have for many years driven ALWAYS with my lights on... It is a habit I got from increasing my visibility when I rode motorcycles....

I have taught all my 3 children this trick when they drive, and it is funny... We all automatically turn on the lights anytime we start the car!!

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

Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:10 am

Also, I appreciate the detailed directions and pictures of this mod... But I personally would not recommend those "biting clip" connectors to tap into power wires, especially on an installation that uses a lot of power.. I have not had good results on those connectors long term....

I would cut and solder wires together and use shrink tubing...

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

Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:51 pm

Hope no one minds me bringing this topic back to the front. I just wanted to thank those that helped with info.

I added a string LED tonight. I like the style but I'll have to see if it's bright enough during the day.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2Ud4XuxHDz8WFAZ37

To compare, this is with the low beams and the fogs on (shaky picture)
https://photos.app.goo.gl/6Bg9aqriBu6DotdA7

And this is with the fogs off
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ee8osU5dNVUTyLMW9


On a somewhat related note, rather than adding the LEDs, does anyone know if there's an easy way to tap directly into the factory fog lamps so I could use those as DRLs (maybe pulling the fog fuse and splicing 57 and 18 (or whatever the wire numbers are) to the fog wires). Which number are the fog lamp wires in the "box" (with 57 and 18)
2015 SV (soon to be sold)
2016 SL (new to me)

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