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I want DRLs

As the subject states, I would love it if my Mz3 had daytime running lights. Anyway to maybe rewire somethings to accomplish this? Or how would those led strips look as a DRL (ala Audi)? Any suggestions would be grand
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My insurance agent inspected these and determined that they can be concidered DRLs and gave me a 5% discount. I have them hardwired into my fuse box so if the key is in the ON position those lights turn on and stay on.


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Re: I want DRLs

In my opinion, LED strip isn't outputing safe enough light volume as DRL.

Most of factory DRL aiming around 250-400lm forward direction ( which is about little brighter than turn signal output level).
This is considered visible enough druing bright sunny condition and yet.


To accomplish these output level with LEDs, need at least <4W-5W of LED outputting power with proper optics to go with.
With that level, you will need heatsinking and LED strip never be able to have this kind of setting due to structure.

LED strips will be good for parking light alternative, decorative illuminaiton though.


If you have seperate high beam(stock Halogen), following should give you stock style DRL. ( PWM dimmed DRL using high beam)

[img width=1024 height=512]http://i47.tinypic.com/35lw67c.jpg[/img]


Left hand side, light blue circled circuit is for trigger condition.

IGN on + Parking brake release trigger DRL on
Once DRL triggered, regardless operation of parking brake(set/release), DRL stays on as long as IGN on or TNS on(parking light/headlight on)
When TNS on, DRL will be cancelled and when you turn TNS off, DRL back on.


right hand side is PWM circuit, so high beam bulb can be dimmed for DRL use. By changing duty with VR(1M), output can be adjusted almost 0-100%
about 30-40% or less seemed OEM brightness..not sure exact number though..


far right relay is for triggering Hi Beam use/ Passing, so while DRL's dimmer operation, when you turn high beam for passing, high beam will light with full intensity.


If you have stock Bi-Xenon HID, and want functinal LED DRLs, you probably have to get some DRL kit and custom to fit
something like

http://umnitza.com/umnitza-aries-aud...ht-p-5652.html


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Re: I want DRLs

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My insurance agent inspected these and determined that they can be concidered DRLs and gave me a 5% discount. I have them hardwired into my fuse box so if the key is in the ON position those lights turn on and stay on.
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Seriously... shits awesome.

As for that wiring diagram, I must be retarded or you must be really friggin smart. Cuz that just scared the hell outta me
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Re: I want DRLs

I had another idea in my THREE hour lecture class today. Would there be a not TOO complicated way to mod those switchback lights that go where the parking light goes into a DRL?
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Re: I want DRLs

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[img width=1024 height=768]http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/8026/0309011719.jpg[/img]
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canadian 3's have OEM DRL's, as do all mazda 6's i believe. on the 04-09 headlights there is a spot for the DRL bulb that is there, just not punched out. you just need to drill it out and put a type 194 bulb and socket in.

i used these LED's:
http://autolumination.com/194.htm
the ones that are 11x27mm

check your headlight housings. i'm willing to bet they have the same thing, a spot for the DRL bulb, but it's not drilled out.

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Re: I want DRLs

Are you talking about socket spot in upper part of high beam reflector?

that is for positon/city light (T10 5W incandescent bulb) bulb socket.
It's marker light ( like parking light) and can't be used as DRL.

Regular stock DRL lighting volume is about 20-25W halogen bulb with forward direction beam.


To OP, sorry for late res on this, I was searching other options but as I don't own 2010- models, I don't have service manual either,,
If US spec model shares lighting module and basic setting with EU specs, there may be a chance you can ask dealer to reprogram lighting control module to EU spec(may have to get DRL unit if it's not included in module)
so you can have DRL, but so far, calling mazda here, they have no idea and no one gave me answer on those possibility..

Hope someone here with 2010- owener can help more informations.

If you don't feel like building your own, your best bet is to get some good quality aftermarket DRL kit and wire them.
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yeah that spot. i put a 194 socket in there. the LED's i got are about as bright as the parking lights.

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I have strip LEDs and the ones that fit in the top corners of the smile.





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