Solid State DRL's

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    Solid State DRL's

    ****, FIAT.......

    Now the other original DRL burned out after only four years! What a piece of crap! These lights should last for at least 1,000 years like they do on a KIA or MB!

    Anyway, I am wondering if these LED DRL's sold by Xenon Vision et al. are really plug and play or do you need to put a resistor or diode in series with the wiring, etc.

    Also, does and LED screw up the CANBUS which otherwise tells you when a DRL is out?

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    Don't know much about LED, but when a light go out, is the car supposed to tell you? I had a headlight bulb go out, and it didn't tell me.

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    Only 4 years. Mine are going on 6. Just replace it with a regular bulb. A lot cheaper. 10 minutes job.

    Replacement Bulb Number: W21/5W

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. View Post
    Don't know much about LED, but when a light go out, is the car supposed to tell you? I had a headlight bulb go out, and it didn't tell me.
    Yes, CANBUS told me in the EVIC that the light was out, and it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    Only 4 years. Mine are going on 6. Just replace it with a regular bulb. A lot cheaper. 10 minutes job.

    Replacement Bulb Number: W21/5W
    Yeah, but now I got dem fancy HID headlights and the color of the DRL's now doesn't match the headlights. So, I thought I might get some DRL's that match the color of the headlights.

    You know, kind of like wanting my man bag to match the color of my pumps!

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    Now this is weird.....


    When the HID headlights are on the DRL's both work. When the headlights are off and the DRL's are on, only the driver side works and the red "!" triangle lights up on the EVIC and it says to check the DRL's. Indeed, in that condition the passenger side DRL is out. Turn on the HID headlights and both DRL's work and the EVIC notice goes off.

    Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedolph View Post
    Now this is weird.....


    When the HID headlights are on the DRL's both work. When the headlights are off and the DRL's are on, only the driver side works and the red "!" triangle lights up on the EVIC and it says to check the DRL's. Indeed, in that condition the passenger side DRL is out. Turn on the HID headlights and both DRL's work and the EVIC notice goes off.

    Any ideas?

    Tedolph
    Poltergeist... or maybe not.

    You can get pretty close for around $15 by swapping the DRL to PIAA Xtreme white 7443 bulbs, had mine along with my HID setup since fall 2013 and all still work fine. Also switched the reverse lights to PIAA at that time and they still work fine as well as an added note.

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    Thanks, but I think I need to get to the bottom of why the passenger side DRL sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. Obviously, it is not burned out. I wonder if I crimped a ground wire somehow when I put in the HID headlights and the ground is re-established when the HIDs are turned on?

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    A 50W-6ohm load resister for each DRL would solve the problem. The car's computer 'knows' there is supposed to be x amount of electricity running thru the DRL circuits, so when you put in LED's that consume half of x in electricity, the car 'thinks' you have one or more bulbs burnt out.

    The 50W-6ohm load resister absorbs half of the electricity powering the DRL's, so they will get very hot. Hot enough to melt plastic. So you should mount them to a metal surface.

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    But then why is only one of the DRL's actually out when the HIDs are off, but on when the HIDs are off?

    Tedolph

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