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Author Topic: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit  (Read 13843 times)

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DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:34:47 AM »
Was just wondering what your thoughts are regarding these? Isit worth fitting them , and has anybody considered fitting them if so where ? Have been thinking about fitting them and was considering fitting them in the head lamps maybe the. Thought about maybe fitting them somewhere in the bumper? Was just wondering if any body has any suggestions as to where to fit them and if it's even worth fitting them!

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2012, 12:49:47 PM »
I'm currently in the middle of this little project, finding something suitable is the issue as there are a lot of crap led versions out there that just look tacky and do little for safety. The bright audi LED ones aren't small enough to fit inside the headlight which leaves the options of cutting the bumper (not something I fancy) or changing the front fogs. I'm not keen on the latter as it'll look like the fogs are on and may cause more trouble then its worth.

My own plan is to custom fit the lamps that are in my golf (well not those exact ones lol) which means they will be in the main beam side of things.
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2012, 12:51:28 PM »
Do you not get same effect
running on sidelights?
They are another drain on battery as well.

As an ex Volvo driver I do like them as a safety factor
in gloomy conditions.

On one of my cars I had the half power headlights
kept on burning out the relays!!
finally disconnected them.

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2012, 01:26:26 PM »
Ahh yes dim dip headlights I remember them iirc they were only fitted for a few years around the end of the eighties.
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2012, 06:32:45 PM »
I went for the cheapest option.  I just have the headlights on all the time, and have done since passing my test!

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2012, 06:39:45 PM »
No - Sidelights are fairly poor, useful enough when your parked but most are useless during the day. DRL's are only on when the engines running so no worry on battery drain.

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The reason I'm investigating using the Mk6 Golf setup is A) Well obviously I have one so easy enough to compare! and B) Because it uses the main beam lamp. The lamp itself is quite different in that it's two in one, a standard 55W Main lamp and a 15W (Yeah 15, interesting number!) secondary DRL lamp. In theory the main beam reflectors won't be that different between Galaxy and Golf so a little wiring should be all that's needed once I've checked if it can be fitted. The downside is that as its integrated with the 55w lamp there won't be a suitable LED version so I'll be stuck with the halogen glow... keep ya posted ;)
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2012, 09:49:39 PM »
HHHMMM! so this is going to be intersting! Have had a look at the newer Fords, Galaxy,S-Max,C-Max, not to fussed about how they look ! Looked at Audi the string of LED's in the headlights, also the Mercs and the newer Audi's with the LED's fitted in the bumper, thought about the combined light as in the Golf, have found suitable ready made wiring that may be modified like the Golf to use dual filament bulb but would have to order that first to see! Just wondered what thoughts others had regarding placement, barring the obvious bumper cutting.
Will keep looking and see whats about, no rush at the mo, will keep you informed if a decision is made ! LOL

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2012, 08:10:46 AM »
You got a link for that wiring? Sounds interesting!

I'm also keen on the Picassa setup as they look more like a bumper sit-on rather then a cut-in...
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2012, 09:36:12 AM »
Will dig out the link and post it for you later, if I remember I think I found it on eBay

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?itemId=350499058004&index=8&nav=WATCHING&nid=21655664421
Hope that works! If not when I get back to the house will post again using laptop

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2012, 09:59:54 AM »
Ahhh I see... interesting, need to do some wiring research first as the Mk2 Galaxy has got DRL's fitted in some countries. I'm hopefully that some provision might be made on UK versions!
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2012, 08:44:51 PM »
Hi Mirez,

You are probably already aware of it but have you looked on the TIS CD as there is a section on Daylight Running Lights (417-04) for the MKII

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2012, 11:40:11 PM »
Thanks! I was aware though, that's what i've got to reference to see whats missing :-)
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2012, 07:54:14 PM »
I've replaced the standard wedge bulbs with a pair of CREE SMD's  LINK

They're not cheap at £15, but they are very bright even during daytime, but not dazzling, next thing to do is use a couple of changeover relays to turn the sidelights into DRL's.
My other car is a 480 hp Volvo.

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2012, 08:43:32 PM »
PS: They CREEs are slightly blue, but they're the whitest I've found yet, I've tried xenon, & several LED types (super bright/smds) and all were dim/blue/just plain crap.

To wire the sidelights up as DRLs this is how I plan to do it, bear in mind I haven't done this yet. For an 02 gal, you'll need 2x changeover relays or sometimes called 5 pin (the ones with the 87a connector), these relays will switch on with ign but will retain all normal functions when ign is off.

The relays should be wired as follows:

pin 30 to sidelights (sidelight side of split, see below)
pin 85 ground
pin 86 ign live (must be fused)
pin 87 ign live (can be jumped from pin 86)
pin 87a sidelight feed (fusebox side of split)

To split into the wiring, do so at C4 this is the connector to the right of fuses 60 & 61. You need the white wire (pin 10) for the RHS and the white/black wire (pin 9) for the LHS.
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2012, 07:36:27 PM »
Interesting, I already have the sidelight's converted to LED (although not cree) - is that not a bit dazzling though? I read a wonderful story where someone had fitted aftermarket DRL's and then had someone side swipe him at dusk because he was blinded lol - probably not the intention :)

I'm going to have a good look this weekend into the project so I'll scope your wiring plan out, I'm still hopeful that some of the factory DRL wiring will be in place and a relay is all that'll be needed.

Further investigation on the Golf is that the lamps are H15, and more importantly they will fit into the Galaxy headlight with a little modding - well they fitted into my spare xenon lamp housing but will need some work to get them to fit for everyday use. I'll get some photo's together but in principle this will be the route I'm taking :)
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2012, 08:34:33 PM »
Ok so we have side by side, DRL only and Main Only


And then DRL in situ:
879-2

And finally, DRL vs Main from a distance.
881-3883-4

I've since noted that there is an "up" and I've got it the wrong way around - doh! That's why the DRL light is bright on the base and not at the top, this should be the other way around to aim the light downwards - you'll note it looks a lot like the Golf's in the previous picture just inverted - I'll work on that!! ;)

Finally, another good bit of news is that there is a a spare pin on the headlamp connector so wiring into the headlight will be really simple :D
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2012, 03:48:17 PM »
Now that does look good!
Could almost be factory fit!! lol
Did you use the dual filament bulb in the end? and how much modding for the wiring and the headlight for the new set-up ?

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2012, 10:45:32 PM »
Yes that's a H15 lamp "borrowed" from the Golf - the problem really isn't the wiring, that will be a doddle in the end but the new lamp is slightly chunkier then the H7 so the aperture needs enlarging. Then there is the issue of securing it as the H7 is spring clipped into place where the H15 is screwed in...
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2012, 05:10:22 PM »
Well I picked up a bargain today in the way of a drivers side golf Mk6 headlight for £10 delivered :)

Should be able to cut the required bits out and graft them onto my spare headlight now - will post some photos of how I get on :)
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2013, 07:35:45 PM »
Back to this again! Did anybody get anywhere?
Was looking on the TIS disc for the Galaxy and found DRL's listed, according to that there is a provision for a relay that uses the headlight on a lower setting vis Relay K5 iirc in the engine bay fuse box, haven't had a chance to look to see if the wiring is already there as there was something stated about wiring to reduce the brightness of the headlight bulb as long as the headlight switch isn't on.
Will have a look at the wiring diagrams hopefully tomorrow to see what's what, but could be easier than trying to graft LED DRL's to the bumper or cutting the bumper

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2013, 01:29:34 PM »
Not an option for me unfortunately and I've come to a temporary halt on this. The Golf headlight is ultrasonically sealed so can't be opened like the Galaxy one - the lamp itself wouldn't fit easily into the existing headlight and I was concerned how I would impact main beam pattern by fiddling with it.

I did look at mounting these in the bumper strip (where the parking sensors are) but there is no overlap/lip to them so cutting the hole would have to be exact...

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2013, 06:29:13 PM »
Going to local dealers tomorrow so will enquire about the drl relay, will let you know how I get on

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2013, 08:17:15 PM »
Bringing this back to today - I've got a little further forward! I've re-wired my test lights using a simple relay arrangement which means that the mainbeam lamps are running in series when not in use. The effect of that is of course the 55w lamps runs at about 27w or half which visually is almost perfectly matched to the Golf :)

Two issues I want to deal: 1) the lamps are quite orange when running this way which I'll hopefully fix with a different lamp. 2) I would have preferred they work like the golf in that they dim or turn off with the indicator for that side. Obviously wired this way that isn't possible :(
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2014, 09:27:50 PM »
Again I thought I'd update this for anyone who was following, I decided against wiring the lamps in series for a number of reasons. Firstly the brightness of the DRL was obviously fixed, Secondly if one bulb blows then both DRL's fail and thirdly as I mentioned earlier I want them to turn off with the indicator for that side. I also want any module removable without breaking the circuits and the DRL side to be switch-able should I not want them on (ie, when parked with ignition on)

So, I built myself two "modules" to control this exactly as I want it - the first is a PWM controller and two relays. This module uses PWM (simply: 12V Pulses) to control the exact brightness of the lamps its driving so I have full control over how bright the DRL's are. The two relays are there to drop the DRL circuit when the side or headlight's are on and also to allow the flash circuit to still function.

The second module chops the output to an individual DRL if the indicator is activated, it fades it back on 2 seconds after the indicators last flash.

Both modules plug into each other and then into the car, which should need very little wiring changes now.

2605-0

Small video of it running on my test light, I've given up trying to get the camera to accurately reproduce the light output but its well matched to the OEM Golf setup at the moment. Points to note, firstly the Mic has made the relays stupidly loud - they are automotive relays and virtually silent - secondly bear in mind that the lamp that's in the headlight is the OEM cheap-o - with a decent quality blue tipped one the output is much whiter then that!

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2014, 09:44:10 PM »
Another little update, completed the module:

2613-0

Tested it against the Golf to set a very similar brightness:

2615-1

And finally installed it on the car:

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2014, 06:52:45 PM »
How easy is it to do and can they be whiter then that? looks great for oem but a little yellow?
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2014, 07:14:57 PM »
Depends how good you are with wiring I guess, the circuits not difficult and the Galaxy is pre-wired (to a point) for DRL's so you can tap that signal.  I believe the standard headlights have H4's in them though? the Xenons have H7 mains which makes life a little easier as you need to separate the + and - wires to each lamp for PWM control.
If you fancy it then I can pop up the circuit diagram I used later?

I'll take some more photos later as that one was taken out of sequence (that was test install) at 10pm and the colour balance is off, its also running cheapo lamps and I still need to adjust the intensity. Excuses excuses eh but dont judge of that final photo as its not acurate - more to come!
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06 VW EOS 2.0 T-FSI 210 Sport in Deep Black Pearl
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14 VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 177 R-Line in Deep Black Pearl
With black leather interior, panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon headlights.
08 Ford Transit 2.2 TDI 115 in Frozen White
With retrofitted everything except another slidey door! :)

VCDS HEX/CAN - Scans/Coding done in Wiltshire in exchange for winegums! :)

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #27 on: December 23, 2014, 11:02:38 PM »
Just wondered if you had any further updates to this, am really keen to do this to my car but could do with some help with the controller and relay set ups and the wiring.

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #28 on: December 24, 2014, 12:10:02 AM »
Hi Adam, yeah what info do you need?

Here is the schematic diagram for the circuit I built:
3166-0

I'll talk you through it. The original feeds (shown in purple) from the CJB need to be cut, they are then joined together to create a "Full power" supply. Likewise the original grounds are disconnected and brought back to our circuit - note this needs to be done inside the headlight as there are other grounds on it so leave the orginal intact and just cut the lamps ground. A new supply is run from the headlight switches unused "DRL" position which is always on when the headlights aren't in an "on" position and the ignition is "on"

So, when our new "Full power" supply is activated (ie main beam or flash) both relays are energised. On Relay1 that same supply is now passed through to both lamps and on Relay2 a ground is made for the lamps.

If there is no "Full power" supply then the new DRL supply will be doing the work. Here we see it passes through two fuses. F1 protects our PWM unit and also any feedback to the CJB and F2 protects the CJB from the lights. Following from F1 this supply is used to power the PWM unit and also has a smoothing capacitor and resistor to combat the massive electrical noise the PWM will generate (thus protecting our CJB from damage). Following from F2, the supply passes through Relay1 which will normally be in the closed position to allow this supply to power the lamps - through them we end up back at Relay2 which is also in the normally closed position allowing our PWM controller to control the ground and therefore the intensity of the lamps.

We also have resistor1 which is the variable one supplied with most PWM controllers, once the desired brightness has been found the resistance of the variable should be measured and a fixed resistor substituted.

Some points to note:
1) I built this circuit to accommodate my factory Xenon headlights - the normal halogens are wired a little different internally.
2) I would suggest values of 5A for Fuse1, 10A for Fuse2, 400uF (at 30V) for Capacitor1 and 10K for Resistor2
3) Make sure you use suitable grade wiring! You are doubling the load on the wiring after we break the original feeds so the new cabling must be able to take the current. This also helps reduce volt drop which will be shown as one DRL (the further cable run) appearing dimmer then the other.
4) If one lamp blows, the DRL effect will be greatly lessened since the load is halved. Its therefore advisable to have Fuse2 in the cabin if possible (or an inhibit switch) so the system can be deactivated.
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14 VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 177 R-Line in Deep Black Pearl
With black leather interior, panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon headlights.
08 Ford Transit 2.2 TDI 115 in Frozen White
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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #29 on: June 15, 2017, 06:34:28 PM »
I know this is old but wanted to add my thanks for taking the time to detail your work. I copied it onto my wifes alhambra last week and its working 'right perfect'

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Re: DRL's Daytime Running Lights DRL retrofit
« Reply #30 on: June 17, 2017, 06:51:35 PM »
You mean "LIGHT perfect" surely? No, just me? Taxi!!! lol

Cheers Tom, always nice to get feedback.
03 Ford Galaxy 1.9 TDI 115 Ghia in Spruce Green Metallic
With cream leather interior, Full Bodykit, Remapped at 145bhp, Lowered on 18's
06 VW EOS 2.0 T-FSI 210 Sport in Deep Black Pearl
With red leather interior with full Caractere bodykit, Remapped at 255bhp and sitting on 19's
14 VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 177 R-Line in Deep Black Pearl
With black leather interior, panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon headlights.
08 Ford Transit 2.2 TDI 115 in Frozen White
With retrofitted everything except another slidey door! :)

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