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Old 05-23-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Daytime running lights (DRL)

I would like to purchase a 2012 Focus with DRL. The dealer says this option is not available. How can this be when Fleet vehicles and Canadian Cars have this feature? There must be some way to activate this feature!!! Anyone
know how?


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Old 05-23-2011, 02:32 PM   #2
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May just be a relay that needs to be added. I know on my 04 if I put a relay in the blank spot above the fog relay my lights come on at a lower power automatically.
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I'd love to have DRL's, too. If anyone knows if it's just the presence of a relay that's required, please post details. Does anyone have a wiring diagram? That may have our answer.
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why would you want DRL?
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why would you want DRL?
x2. IMHO, I think they can become dangerous in some situations. Example would be. Driver with DRL heads out just after dark, forgets to turn on the ACTUAL headlights due to there DRL's and is going down the freeway. Trucks and cars have a harder time seeing them from a distance with no tail lights.
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x2. IMHO, I think they can become dangerous in some situations. Example would be. Driver with DRL heads out just after dark, forgets to turn on the ACTUAL headlights due to there DRL's and is going down the freeway. Trucks and cars have a harder time seeing them from a distance with no tail lights.
Most DRL's are reduced power for that reason, so one should be aware if his/her headlights are illuminating properly.
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also you wont have any interior lights unless you turn your headlights on. so i think it would be kinda hard to forget to turn your lights on at night.
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x2. IMHO, I think they can become dangerous in some situations. Example would be. Driver with DRL heads out just after dark, forgets to turn on the ACTUAL headlights due to there DRL's and is going down the freeway. Trucks and cars have a harder time seeing them from a distance with no tail lights.


My current car has DRL's and when it's dark it turns on it's night lights by it's self.
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DRL requires the module box to be installed, typically under the steering column. Had DRL on my Matrix, but a simple wire clip bypassed it.

I'm not a fan of DRL unless they are nice LEDs.

Hoepfully Ford saw this comment and will keep them on my US spec ST with HID projectors.
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The "people will forget to turn their full headlights on" argument is lame--especially since more and more cars (including the Focus) have automatic headlights. In the city with lots of street lights, the people that forget to turn their lights on are going to forget to turn their lights on whether or not they have DRL's. If anything, DRL's are better than nothing in situations like that.

Canada and Scandinavian countries didn't make them mandatory for no good reason.

We have tons and tons of big trees, big hills, and curvy roads where I live, and that means big shadows on the road and lots of spots for cars to disappear--even during the daytime. I don't want to be one of those cars that disappears and have someone pull out in front of me because they don't see me coming.

I agree the LED euro DRL's would look tight, but I'd settle for low-power incandescent ones if that were available to non-fleet buyers.
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