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Daytime Running Lights

PostPost by: Gardog » Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:24 pm

I just finished adding some daytime running lights to my S4 Federal Elan. Switched the standard 1157 bulbs for 2" LEDs, changed the lenses to clear and added a timer delay relay (from timers shop) to switch the running lights off when the turn signals come on. I am very happy with the result. The car is much more visible during the day without having to pop up the headlights.
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PostPost by: berni29 » Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:33 pm

Hi

I am a big fan of DRL's. I have not taken delivery of my +2 yet but will be doing some along the same lines as you, but with the sidelights.

On my 993 and 986 Porsches, I just used a relay to bring the DRL lights on with the ignition and off with side and dipped headlights so they do not blind at night.

All the best

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PostPost by: fatboyoz » Sat Sep 25, 2021 5:39 am

Hi Gardog,
I changed my indicators, several years ago, to combination DRL/indicators using new 1157 (dual contact) units, with amber lenses, from Holden Vintage and Classic in the UK. I hooked into the switched power from the ignition switch to the coil for DRL power. The actual LED insert I used was a flat plate motorcycle product with 42 amber LEDS. The imbedded chipset would recognise the incoming indicator power, when selected, and then the DRL would blink on and off. To fit the flat plate insert into the back of the lens, it required some bench grinding of the resiny mounting material intill it fitted snugly, and then stuck into the lens using a small amount of clear silastic. This arrangement can be found in one of the photos.
I wasn’t entirely happy with this arrangement, so recently I purchased the latest iteration of the product. This can be found in the other photo. The part number from Custom Dynamics, a US company, is GEN-4-AW-1157-T.
This product has 42 amber and 42 white LEDs. I mounted these in the same way as previous, except behind a clear lens. This product is on, super bright white, as a DRL, but with an incoming indicator signal, the 42 white LEDs turn off, and the 42 amber LEDs blink. There is no need for relays.
They look just like your second photo. I am hoping that the bright white light makes me more noticeable to other road users, especially the huge SUVs getting around theses days.
Cheers,
Colin







Gardog wrote:I just finished adding some daytime running lights to my S4 Federal Elan. Switched the standard 1157 bulbs for 2" LEDs, changed the lenses to clear and added a timer delay relay (from timers shop) to switch the running lights off when the turn signals come on. I am very happy with the result. The car is much more visible during the day without having to pop up the headlights.
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PostPost by: TBG » Sat Sep 25, 2021 8:08 am

Or this. Two motorcycle led running lights behind the grill and led sidelight bulbs. Very visible to HGVs and all. D

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PostPost by: LaikaTheDog » Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:39 am

This reminds me;
There was a yellow elan with white led running lights in Surrey earlier this month, when moving the nearside led in the grill flashes like an indicator... Whoever you are please check your connections ;)
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PostPost by: miked » Wed Sep 29, 2021 6:35 am

I like what you have done Colin and Co.
I have some two pin fittings coming and some clear lenses. Just have to get the leds from the USA.
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