Daytime Running Lights (DRL) - "dedicated, low energy front lights that switch on automatically"

The European Directive

A recent European Directive (2008/89/EC) requires that all new cars from February 2011 have lights that switch on automatically during the day - Daytime Running Lights.

To improve driver safety, many European and Scandinavian countries have already implemented compulsory DRL with significant accident reduction.

In September 2008 the European Commission adopted a proposal for the Directive that will introduce dedicated daytime running light (DRL) on all new types of passenger cars and small delivery vans from February 2011 onwards. Trucks and buses will follow from August 2012 onwards. Where fitted, dedicated daytime running lights will switch on automatically when the engine is started.

Do I need DRL's on my car?

There will be no requirement to retro-fit daytime running lights to existing cars and no Europe-wide requirement for drivers of cars without dedicated daytime running lights to drive with headlights on during the day. However, a range of aftermarket DRL kits are available to be professionally fitted to most makes and models of car and light commercial vehicle. We also have dedicated factory DRL's available for many models including the Land Rover Discovery, Audi A3, VW Golf 6, VW Polo, VW T5, Ford Focus, BMW 3 series and 5 series saloon amongst others. Unfortunately, we can no longer supply the Jaguar XF DRL's.

As a Department of Transport commissioned study confirmed that there would be a net reduction of accidents from compulsory fitting of DRL's, what better reason to update the look of your vehicle.

Effects on fuel consumption

Our DRL's consist of a row of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) which provide stable colour and light intensity yet consume only a fraction of the electricity taken by a normal headlight. The use of these as dedicated DRL's instead of driving with side lights or headlights, mean that tail lights and instrument lights are not illuminated during the day.

The alternator is driven by the engine and spins all the time but it doesn't always consume the same amount of power from the engine. When the electrical load on the alternator increases more power is required to turn it and so fuel consumption is increased. Whereas headlamps consume 110 watts of power, dedicated DRL LED's might consume only 5-10 watts so putting negligible load on the alternator.

Retro-fit DRL Installations

Aftermarket DRL's come in a range of shapes and sizes suitable for fitment to various different vehicles. The location of the DRL will depend upon the vehicle - an installer can advise the most suitable location if no vehicle specific DRL's are available for your model.

For more information and prices, please contact us

Examples of universal DRL installations:

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Volkswagen Golf 5 with universal strip DRL mounted in grille.


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These universal DRL's are a set of 12 seperate LED's which can be mounted in various different shapes and locations. The housings can be colour coded if required (click to enlarge).



drl smart carThese round daytime running lights offer an elegant solution for installing into the space made available for an OEM fog light assembly or to replace an existing one. Shown here on a Smart Car.




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needing more light as visibility for driving at night in the vehicle was so poor. We added our universal DRL kit to the bumper and replacement LED headlights.



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LED strip mounted in lower grilles. Shown fitted to a Skoda Roomster.




Examples of vehicle specific DRL installations:


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Vehicle specific daytime running lights for VW T5GP. Can be fitted to standard bumpers or colour coded.



skoda yeti drl led bulbs

Skoda Yeti (2009-2015) LED bulb upgrade for existing round DRL's. These high power super-white LED bulbs transform your dim halogen DRL bulbs. These bulbs have been designed specifically for the Yeti offering overload protection, short circuit protection and over temperature protection. Resistors are fitted so the CAN doesn't detect any changes.  



For more information and prices, please contact us.

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