Aftermarket Kit DRL's

Discussion in '8th Generation (2008-2015) [Acura TSX]' started by jaytip, Sunday 27th Jan, 2013.

  1. jaytip Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Do any 8th Generation Accords,come with DRL's? I was looking through the user manual the other day and spotted a section on DRL's (on some types) i haven't seen any about with them.Civics yes,but not Accords.

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    Ivor.
     
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  2. i-DSI Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Aren't DRL's mandatory in Scandinavian countries since ages? Mayby that's what you saw in the manual?
    Don't know of any DRL's.

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    There are DRL's on LHD KN-spec (indeed, for Scandinavian countries). But these are no extra lights. It's just the headlights that stay on, like you saw on Volvo's in the 90's here.
     
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  3. TheDarkKnight Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    No, in the UK at least, no 8th Generation Accords have any DRL feature.
     
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  4. i-DSI Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Hi DarkKnight, as I said: there are DRL's in Scandinavian countries. But ALL cars have DRL's there (mandatory). Mostly it's just the normal headlights that can not be switched off, like on 8th Generation Accord.
     
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  5. TheDarkKnight Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I was just referring to the UK-spec 8th Gens :Thumbup:

    No such feature on them here at all.
     
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  6. Oilburner26 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    If this helps anyone several months ago I fitted the Phillips 8 led DRL's and they just about comply with the width & height regulations regarding fitment, I did mean to do a tutorial regarding fitting them but forgot, I'll post a picture of them fitted they look like factory fitted ones and really bright which dim automatically when headlamps are in operation which is how they suppose to work, in the kit you get dummy sidelight bulbs which look a bit like a resistor, as the DRL's now replace the sidelights, since fitting I've noticed you don't get anyone pull out of junctions in front of you anymore also the same apply s to pedestrians stepping of the kerb in towns, so in my view a good safety feature has now been added to my car, and would highly recommend the Phillips 8 led DRL's they are not cheap but they the best I've seen on the aftermarket scene. ones
     
  7. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Get some pictures up bud lets see them.
     
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  8. jaytip Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I second that. I too would like to see how they look.
     
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  9. Oilburner26 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Sorry for delay had to get some pictures and and some text to them hopefully they will display correctly, not posted any pictures before on this site so here goes. PhillipsDRLs_zpsb957f1df. Fittedcontrolunit_zps6ad57d7a. CloseupDRLscontrolunit_zpsf5c5125f. Fusedcontrolunit_zpsadbec3b4. Dummysidelight_zpsb8b59902. Drlsoff_zps6942d56a. DRLson_zps622f8e66. DippedheadlightsampDRLs_zps66ec9f2e. HeadlightsampDRLs_zps7ea0640a. PS. DRL's in daytime come on automatically when engine is started not stated in picture, you can find youtube videos on fitting instructions on I believe a Audi although our cars are different it gives you the basic knowledge, I think they it took me about two hours or so to fit, you get a three dimensional paper template included in box to offer up to bumper with our Accords that is the only place they can fit as above pictures show only thing to watch out for is the angle if the light fitting cradle,sorry can't find original instructions but from memory is 0 - 5 degrees maximum variation from forward facing,there is also legal dimensions for min and max height, and width the Accord just comes into the minimum width limit which was handy, also the other point worth mentioning the lights have to be set back from front edge of bumper because of the slight curve of the bumper at that point, to feed the wiring from the lights you have to remove the front grill for access and neatly route cable along a neat path avoiding any sharp protrusions back towards the battery and suspension turret as shown in pictures, one point I forgot to mention when fitting the lamp cradles apart from the precise point where they going, do make sure there is nothing the other side when screwing in the supplied self tapping screws through the bumper , as I did not take the bumper off I looked very carefully and decided there was no existing wires or pipes in the way, with that in mind check carefully as yours may differ and I take no responsibility. Added link for you tube video fitting instructions:-

     
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  10. TheDarkKnight Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Great pics oilburner, but sadly I'm not a fan of aftermarket DRLs.

    We all managed just fine without them until the EU decided to think on our behalf without our consent - appreciate your efforts and if you're happy then thats all that counts. Sadly, not for me and spoils the front of your car with too much in the way of needless lighting.
     
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  11. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Looks ace good see a kit like this exist. I am sure loads will soon have this mod :Thumbup:
     
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  12. Oilburner26 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Unfortunately the photo's don't do the daytime running lights any justice, they are a lot brighter in the daytime use and make the car really stand out which is after the very purpose of them, and they do look like a factory fitment in real life. ================================================================================================================================================================================= As regards one members comment we use to drive cars without seat belts until we was forced to have them fitted and later on compulsory worn, now its universally excepted round the globe they do save lives, the same goes for DRL's whether you like them fitted or not all new models have to have them as standard, and believe me once fitted its noticeable the difference it makes to other drivers and pedestrians around you, its effect can also be attributed to the colour of my car being silver which can at certain time of daylight blend into the background, you may also notice in the reflection of the Accord front bumper you can see a Mini Cooper which I brought new last summer and because BMW has cleverly worked round the DRL's law at the moment saying its an existing model, I can tell you this car had only traveled less than half a mile from the showroom when a large Volvo crossed my path nearly wiping me and the wife out, fortunately the my mini done a perfectly emergency stop and I was able to avoid a collision, upon checking on the internet as to why someone could not see a bright red mini it transpires that some people are colour blind and don't see that colour stand out, the upshot is the mini is waiting to have some fitted now but they are specialist ones just for the mini and requires the bumper off and to replace the foglights the replacement foglights come withbuilt in DRL's as well and is a lot more work than the accord took so on hold for better weather, I hope I have convinced at least some of you because believe me I would not have wasted my money on modding both cars.
     
  13. Nick Allen Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Wonder if these would fit in the recess below the fog lights on GT models? may have to do some investigations..
     
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  14. Oilburner26 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    What I can see from pictures on the internet the front of a Accord GT, I don't think you will be able to it looks as if there is to much of a curve on that part of the bumper, it looks that it may be possible where I located mine providing its within the new regulations regarding DRL's.
     
  15. TheDarkKnight Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Yes, granted new cars have DRLs fitted but as to how many lives they allegedly "save" is subjective and I daresay there is little data to support that they actually work vis-a-vis those cars that do not have them.

    Just as easy to flick the headlight switch on in all honesty...
     
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  16. richsprint Account Closed. ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Not a big fan myself, they are too bright, can cause more problems than they solve. Especially Audi's and Jag XF's, they look like Xmas tree lights.

    Just be better if proper use of headlights and sidelights was enforced more by the Police, I know thats expensive though.

    Too many people driving around with no lights on when its dark/foggy, or defective bulbs.

    Ichiban is it possible to set the headlights or sidelights to come on default on the 8th Generation?

    I've seen some Skoda's and Hyundai's in Europe where you remove a fuse or flick a hidden switch and they default to on when the car is running.

    Also DRL's don't turn the rear lights on, so you still can't be seen from the rear. I've seen lots of drivers with DRLs on in the dusk, presumably thinking they are ok, when the back of their car is in darkness.

    Not taking away your skill Oilburner, you've done a neat install, thanks for sharing it.
     
  17. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    I would think so but there will be going through the electrical schematics,as our LHD drive owners in continent Europe do have headlight on all the time.

    it case of comparing and making a list of component and trying it..

    Easy open turn the stalk to headlight on when you want ! :Wink:
     
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  18. TheDarkKnight Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    To be fair, it would be better to retest drivers eyesight etc rather than rely on illumination - as richsprint very aptly states, DRLs do nothing for the rear of a car which people pay little attention to.

    Agreed, oilburner has done a fab job, no question there.
     
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  19. jaytip Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    All manufactures have to do is use a light sensor. When it deems it dark enough for the headlights to come on, the DRL's automatically switch off.
     
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  20. Oilburner26 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I agree some DRL's are to bright I have seen some that don't automatically dim whilst lights are on, I would like to think that these would get pick up on the MOT as this is a requirement that the DRL's dim when lights are on.