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I just finished installing my LEDs replacement for the DRL. I wired them into the cigarette lighter circuit as I wanted them switched with the ignition but always on. Probably hardest part was finding the little release button on the DRL plug. I was ready to yank it out with pliers.

I used side shining LEDS strips from iJDMtoys. Initially I got the wrong product and we will see how they handle the return. The products looked to be pretty good quality and installed easily. The strips were 20" long and did 90 degree turns without a problem.

I wish they were brighter but we will have to wait until the CREE LED elements drop in price. Each CREE LED will put out 200 lumens.

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Looks like a nice installation, and light output looks pretty decent too! I agree about the CREE LEDs - - I think they will work really well in a DRL application; heck, they'll even work well in a head light application and be a better replacement for stock head lights over HIDs. Now, as you said, to wait for the price to come down......
 

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Looks like a throwback to the fluorescent plate surrounds from the 90s :D To each is own I guess...
 

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That lamp arrangement doesn't look very useful to help oncoming drivers
judge your distance -- or even to identify the light source as a car headed
in their direction. Kinda defeats one of the main reasons for using DRLs.
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Looby,

I'm not sure what you mean by gauge distance? Why would these lights be any different than the Audi, Porsche, etc LEDs?

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I think Looby was referring to the rectangular shape formed in your lower grill by the LEDs. The cars you referenced use outboard mounted lights to help other drivers gauge distance to the car. Your LEDs don't do that. being mounted centrally, they make your car look further away then it really is. People these days expect LEDs to be mounted on the outermost edges of the headlights. Or at least the edges of the vehicle.

+1 for originality
 

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