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LED DRL & Signals

LED DRLs improve your vehicle’s visibility during the daytime without putting too much strain on the batteries. They can also give your ride a smooth look, and many drivers opt to install LED DRLs and Signalling lights on their cars.

Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)

Daytime Running Lights were initially introduced in countries that didn’t get a lot of sunlight. Days were short in winter, and drivers needed lights that were powerful enough to offer adequate lighting during the day. Eventually, these lights also became popular in countries that received plenty of sunlight during the day. DRLs offered better visibility without causing a significant drain on the batteries. Today, they are recommended for driving in foggy or cloudy weather as well as early mornings and evenings when you are commuting to or from work.

DRL Development

DRLs are not designed to illuminate the road ahead significantly. They are bright, powerful lights that illuminate the area immediately in front of the vehicle. They are typically smaller in size and also lack rear marker lights. Since there is some lighting available during the day and it isn’t completely dark, DRLs offer a good solution for drivers. In nearly every system originally developed for these lights, DRLs worked by adjusting the power supply to existing headlights. They typically regulated the power to the high beams and cut it down to make the lights brighter during the daytime driving. As time passed, many automakers switched to adding separate DRLs on the vehicle as a sort of jewelry or brand identifier. Separate LED bulbs became very popular as DRLs in automobiles. Popular brands in LED DRLs include Morimoto X.DRLs and Ford LED side markers. Both these brands are supplies at TRS.

How Do DRLs Work?

The DRL system is generally automatic in vehicles fitted with DRL lights. They are intended to turn on without requiring any input from the driver when lighting conditions become dark beyond a certain level. The exact manner in which they work differs between auto manufacturers and even from model to model. When the car is turned on, the DRLs also kick in without the need for pushing any buttons. Some manufacturers only activate them when the vehicle is put into a gear other than park. For most vehicles, the DRLs switch off when the driver turns the headlights on, or the automatic lighting system of the car turns the headlights on. This is because once the headlights are on, the DRLs are no longer needed unless you are trying to make the car look distinctively illuminated.

Benefits of LED DRLs and Signals

DRLs automatically go off when you switch your headlights on removing the need for manually turning them off. Although you can buy separate LED DRLs, they don't necessarily have to be separate lights. DRLs are often combined with the front position lamps as the sidelights. If this is the case, the DRLs will dim out when you turn the headlights on. If your DRLs are very close to your signal indicators, they will turn off when the adjacent indicator flashes. This makes it easier for other vehicles to see your flashing indicator. LED DRLs consume much lower energy and reduce the drain on your car’s batteries. DRLs improve your visibility on the road. They are so powerful that they can even enhance visibility for other drivers on the road. Most DRLs come with an expected lifecycle of more than 15,000 hours, making them very cost-effective. There is one concern with DRLs. They are bright enough that they can be clearly seen during daytime driving. However, they are often too bright for driving at night. If you keep DRL LEDs on during the night, they can dazzle drivers coming into your vehicle from the front and cause momentary blindness.

Should You Get DRL Retrofit Kits for Your Vehicle?

A number of manufacturers have started installing retrofit kits into their vehicles. If you are looking to buy a new vehicle, there is some chance that it will come fitted with bright LED DRLs. However, if your car does not have LED DRLs, you can get a pair fitted from the market. A typical LED DRL costs from $45 to $200 depending on its power and style. You can have them installed in a matter of minutes through a qualified electrician. It is preferable to wire up your DRLs to switch off when the main headlights are turned on. If you decide to install a separate switch for the DRLs, make sure to turn them off at night. While fitting DRLs onto your vehicle is not essential, it can help prevent an accident during the daytime. Not only do they enhance your own vision, DRLs also make your car more visible for other vehicle drivers on the road.

LED DRLs Are the Best

DRLs generally offer beautiful, distinctive designs as they are made from strips of LEDs instead of incandescent bulbs. LED DRLs offer three significant advantages over conventional bulbs. 1. First, they are distinctively more beautiful. You can customize LED DRLs in a variety of ways with attractive color combinations. 2. Second, LEDs are much brighter than halogens and HID ballasts. This makes LED DRLs much easier to see during the day. You would be hard-pressed to get a similar effect from other types of bulbs in DRLs. 3. Third, LEDs consume very little energy. They are very efficient, long-lasting, and help you cut down fuel costs significantly. The Retrofit Source store offers a variety of LED DRL and signals for a variety of car models. Feel free to browse through our selection or get in touch with our customer services to find out more. Need a recommendation on parts for your project? Got a tech question? Wholesale inquiry? Contact us today!