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    Default Quick How2 on fitting Ignition live DRL's

    I bought and fitted some DRL's the other day to my Signum and thought I'd share my fitting of these with everyone. I wanted them to turn on when the ignition is turned on like proper DRL's so here's how I did it.

    Bought these DRL's off eBay for a bargain £13.99! Good quality too!
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    A reason why I bought these was down to the size as I wanted them to fit into the plastic recess on the foglight surrounds.
    These are 11.5cm wide and 3cm deep so perfect. Any bigger wouldn't fit.
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    First thing to do is offer them up and figure out where you'll need to drill a hole in the foglight surround for the wires to go through. You only need drill a hole big enough for the wires to fit through.

    Feed the wires from the DRL's through the hole and connect some bullet connectors to the end of the wires - I used 5 amp bullet connectors.
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    Get some more wire and using the bullet connectors connect the two positive wires together onto the new bit of wire and do the same with the negative wires. You should now only have two wires, one positive and one negative instead of four.

    Connect to the end of the negative wire a spade connector as shown in the pic. Loosen negative battery terminal clamp and insert the spade connector and tighten using the bolt.
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    Now feed the positive wire to the engine fuse box. Now here I used a 'mini blade fuse piggy back connector' bought off eBay for only £4.99 plus postage. Connect this positive wire to the piggy back connector and insert two small blade fuses.
    Now find a spare fuse terminal that is live when the ignition is turned on. For me it was fuse terminal 10. To check simply plug in, turn ignition on and see if DRL's illuminate.
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    Once plugged in, tidy wiring up and place double sided 3m tape on underside of DRL's and press firmly into place on the bumper in the recess of the foglight surround. Make sure you pull wires through the holes first before sticking to bumper!
    Job done!!
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    Nice ones.. a few questions

    do they go out when you put on the normal light?
    Are the "ECE87" approved (And have RL markings on them) so far is yes where can i get at set

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenp View Post
    Nice ones.. a few questions

    do they go out when you put on the normal light?
    Are the "ECE87" approved (And have RL markings on them) so far is yes where can i get at set
    In answer to your questions,
    Currently they don't go out when I put the headlights on but this is something i'm thinking of including - simple to do, just get a relay or on/off switch for DRL's and wire into the existing wiring. To do this you simply wire the ignition live from the DRL's into the normally closed contacts of the relaxed relay/switch which is activated by a feed off the headlights. The battery earth for the switch goes into existing battery earth.
    Re ECE87 and RL markings? - No even sure what these are so can't say I looked for them so don't know if they have these to be honest!

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    I dont know the UK law..

    but here in Denmark, they have to comply with the EU regulations (ECE87), and further more here in DK they have to have "function" markings RL (RL = Running lights)

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    How about trying to fit them in the chrome strip, i bet that would look good!

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    Is it a legal requirement to have them switched off when the headlights are switched on?

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    if comply with ECE87 then yes. But if ECE87 is law in the UK i dont know.

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    UK cars must conform to EU lighting regulations just the same as any other country in the EU.

    So if the lights aren't E-marked and compliant with the relevant part of the regs, then technically they are illegal to use on the public road here too.

    In practice - unless the police get complaints of you dazzling someone, they're unlikely to bother asking you to remove them. Just be aware that if someone does crash and says that your lights dazzled them, you could find yourself in trouble

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    if they are E-marked, and have function markings RL. then they are legal to use as Running Lights. But must go out when the main lights are on. (only allowed to dim down if the car (without mirrors are more than 180 cm wide) and also have the marking F on them)

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    Quote Originally Posted by opel_estate View Post
    How about trying to fit them in the chrome strip, i bet that would look good!
    check out lizards thread, he done a cracker drl install

    good job mate got a drl mod of my own in process at the moment but you have helped me out with the piggyback fuse idea

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