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Post by Twosheds on Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:53 pm

Hello all.
          Am I the only one who thinks the daytime l.e.d. running lights on my Vitara1.4s are too bright at night when running with only sidelights on or parked up with the engine running, again on sidelights.

I have been awaiting a lift from my wife and as she has approached in town with only side lights and running lights on, the running lights are so bright and the light so scattered that it is almost impossible to see beyond our oncoming car. If a pedestrian was to step out from the rear into the road they would be masked by the light and may not be seen by a vehicle going in the opposite direction. I have noticed the same problem as I have walked toward the parked car at night with sidelights on and the engine running.

Once headlamps are switched on the daytime running lights go out and as the dipped headlamps are, (now), correctly adjusted and the beam is focussed down they do not present the same problem. However as it is illegal to be stationary with headlamps on, (except in temporary traffic holdups or queues), there are times when we all want to be stationary, or parked, with the ignition on with only sidelights showing, or indeed travel in well lit town centres on sidelights.

Whatever happened to the good idea of dimmed dip headlamps from the seventies around town?..........we need to be seen, but do not really need to see with headlamps in most town centres. All these headlamps nowadays just make it difficult to see beyond the constant glare of light.

To overcome this road safety issue, has anyone found a method to reduce the brightness of the standard daytime l.e.d. running lights by say 30% when the sidelights are switched on or even all the time as I am sure even in daytime this percentage reduction would still be OK.

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Post by tigersaw on Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:39 pm

I searched and only found this one post on DRL. I too think they are too bright.
I've looked at the disabling 'solutions' on youtube etc, all seem to involve cutting wires which I'm not going to do.
I wonder if there is something as simple as a opaque cover that will take the 'piercing' away from them, or gaffer tape Very Happy, or maybe just simply disconnect them withing the engine bay.
Before I'm told they are a safety feature - I don't buy that. In daytime you use contrast (Koshmeiders law) to determine the visibility of an object - a point source of light may make an object stand out but can lead to misjudgment of velocity and size.
How many times have you had an oncoming vehicle where its DRL's make you wince - well the Vitara is up there with them.
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Post by Shenanigans on Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:12 pm

I'm sure applying some halfords tinting spray might help... Or even the fly eye mesh.

Unsure if the MOT implications of applying coverings to drls.

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Post by tigersaw on Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:21 pm

Shenanigans wrote:I'm sure applying some halfords tinting spray might help... Or even the fly eye mesh.

Unsure if the MOT implications of applying coverings to drls.

I wonder if blue tint would look good Smile
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