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Daytime running lights
Posted 08 August 2003 - 03:13 AM
Fast forward thirty or forty years and GM introduces the DTR lights. Could this be the same guy I talked to in the sixties? I even saw a commercial on regular TV of some EE wag telling us how great and idea it was to have our headlights on all the time at 75% power. Then I buy a Baja and guess what? It has DTR lights!
Actually I think the 75 percent power set-up is a pretty good idea for having your lights on in reduced daytime visibility. So where do I get some switches that pop into the console coin thingy aft of the gear shift? I will just wire it in series with the switch on the hand brake.
Posted 13 August 2003 - 07:55 PM
Posted 14 August 2003 - 01:24 AM
When I go "abroad" it always annoys me that moving cars have their lights off
Posted 14 August 2003 - 03:55 AM
Anyway, thanks for the input. Ya give insight. I still want to turn them off. I need/want switch(es) that fit into the coin holders on the console. Any ideas?
Posted 14 August 2003 - 05:49 AM
Anyway, the point of my message is that I love the way we can simulate the Daytime Running Lights on the Outback. I have a '99 and I like how you can leave the headlight switch in the 'on' position and how the headlights will shut off with the car. If you think about it, why aren't all cars designed like that? What is the purpose of having the headlights on a constant power source, so that a person can leave them on accidentally and drain the battery? Which has led to another "designed for the lazy American" feature - headlights that will automatically shut off a minute or so after you turn off the ignition. What is the purpose of this?? Why not have them just shut off immediately with the car? I guess if you think about it, the two features are pretty similar, but something just irks me about the fact that the headlights don't shut off right away. It lets the driver actually see and think to himself "oh gee, I left my headlights on. Oops." The only reason I can think of for that kind of design is that Americans love all the googaws and gadgets in their cars and that it is just another selling feature of the car.
Anyway, enough ranting about that! I have been turning my headlights on during the day ever since I first heard of DRL, back in the late '80s, before any American cars were even equipped with them. Sure, it may cost a few extra burned out headlight bulbs, but if it prevents an accident because the other driver was able to see me better, it is well worth the cost. I have since "trained" my wife to do the same as well on the Outback. We both actually turn the switch off before shutting off the car, but I like to know that the headlights will shut off in case we forget. I have also picked up a kit for my Mazda MX-6 that will perform the same function. In case anybody asks, I picked up the kit from JC Whitney a few years ago (no I haven't installed it yet. That's just me and my procrastinatory nature! I just recently installed the Turbo Timer that I bought 13 years ago, into my Mazda MX-6! It only took about an hour to install and why I didn't install it up till now, who knows!) The kit was relatively inexpensive, maybe around $20 if I remember correctly.
'99 Outback Wagon: 46K miles
'90 Mazda MX-6 GT: turbo 2.2 liter 4-cyl, 5-spd, 68K miles
'80 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme: awaiting restoration
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