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Daytime running lights (DRL) are used to illuminate a vehicle in good visibility conditions during the day. On newer vehicles, it switches on automatically with the ignition and switches off as soon as the main lighting (low beam or high beam) is activated.

what is Daytime Running Lights

Daytime Running Lights

On some models, the daytime running lights (DRL) can be manually turned on and off. The purpose of daytime running lights is to make the vehicle more visible to other drivers and pedestrians, especially in low-light conditions such as dawn and dusk.

In some countries, the use of daytime running lights is mandatory by law. In others, the use of daytime running lights is recommended but not required.

The intensity of the light emitted by daytime running lights is much lower than that of the vehicle’s low beams or high beams. This is because the purpose of daytime running lights is to make the vehicle more visible, not to light up the road ahead.

Most daytime running lights use LED bulbs, which are more energy-efficient than traditional halogen bulbs.

If you have any questions about daytime running lights (DRL), please consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or contact your local dealership.

DRLs are a great safety feature, but they should not be used as your sole source of light when driving. Always ensure that your low beams or high beams are activated when driving in low-light conditions.

To learn more about daytime running lights, watch the videos below.

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David Muench (Carnes Mechanical)

David Muench (Carnes Mechanical)

Hey, I’m David. I’ve worked in a cars store for 6 years. I write reviews and guides, helping people to choose the most suitable technicals and best product for them. I’m happy to finally share my knowledge of the industry here, on CarnesMechanical.

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