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Old December 26th, 2015, 12:59 AM
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Red face Hooking up Running lights (DRL's)?

Hello.
In Canada it is law to have lights that turn on with the ignition (hence, Daytime running lights)

I would like your advice on an easy spot to hook up the headlights (or front corners).
The cigarette lighter is a long way and mickeymouse. There is a yellow/green alternator wire in the bay, but the engine does not shut off if the light are left on.
There must be something simple, a bridge in the fuse box or something. What are some options and success stories. Thank you for the help guys!

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Old December 26th, 2015, 04:27 AM
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Hello. In Canada it is law to have lights that turn on with the ignition (hence, Daytime running lights
I actually believe it is applicable only to new cars being sold in Canada. Your truck would be grandfathered as is. If I'm wrong about that, then the rule is rarely followed and never enforced.

iirc, they can't make you retrofit cars to conform to today's increasingly stringent standards. That being said, I think it's a great idea to add them! They look cool by modernizing the look of the truck, and do provide an unparalleled level of visibility to other drivers. I just don't think you would be forced to add them. I had a '61 continental convertible once that didn't even have seatbelt and I wasn't required to add them.
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When you import a car that is newer than when the law was introduced you must add the DRLa before it can be registered.
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Probably easier to add white LED in 95mm and wire them to an ignition hot circuit independent of any other circuit.
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Run a wire to a fuse that is on only when ignition comes on...use a fuse blade connector. Hella have some nice 8light bar LEDs that are quite small and unobtrusive. Find em on eBay
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When you import a car that is newer than when the law was introduced you must add the DRLa before it can be registered.
Well, there ya go. Ok. Good to know.
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Cool

My front corner lights are LED, I will connect those.
"Run a wire to a fuse that is on only when ignition comes on" - Which fuse would work?

I'm not a fan of running new wires through the firewall. Do you think there is a simple jump in the fuse box to one of the corner light leads? Sorting this out in an easy way will greatly help me for future vehicles as well.

As for DRL requirements. I have brought in quite a few vehicles over the years, inspected at multiple facilities. If imported newer than Dec 1, 1989, you have to install DRLs. Although the confusion of "15 years and older" that eliminates federal safety laws including DRLs, BC's provincial inspection still requires them.
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Not sure about which fuse will work for you...use a voltmeter with ignition on and off
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If imported newer than Dec 1, 1989, you have to install DRLs. Although the confusion of "15 years and older" that eliminates federal safety laws including DRLs, BC's provincial inspection still requires them.
Definite confusion on that requirement. Very retroactive, yet only on private imports? One of my Canadian market rovers is a '95 LWB and obviously doesn't have dlr's, yet if I bring up my other from Calif., I'd have to install them before it could be registered? That rule is so grey, no wonder the cops do nothing! ;-)

With regards to the wiring, are you looking for a permanent solution or just to remain active and in conformance until/through inspection? If the former, the corners w/led would pull so little power that I doubt any acc circuit would even notice. If you want to go with bright white/high visibility units, get a harness with a relay that'll use nominal power from the acc to kick over. Then you're not loading any other circuits and pulling fuse protected power directly from the battery.
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Run a wire to a fuse that is on only when ignition comes on...use a fuse blade connector. Hella have some nice 8light bar LEDs that are quite small and unobtrusive. Find em on eBay
That's a great suggestion. I'm thinking about doing a similar install and wanted to cut them into my bumper. Has anyone cut them in? Some appear to be curved I'm guessing we need flat lights to fit. Thoughts??
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I think Philips puts out a smart drl kit with straight bar lights
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I installed these rigid led lights that turn on with the ignition (in the 97 there is a spot to tie into in the fuse box under the hood that's hot on ignition) and they have a high beam mode that I linked to the headlight highbeam wire. The horizontal pattern looks a bit like the new G wagon running lights during the day.
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Hello.
In Canada it is law to have lights that turn on with the ignition (hence, Daytime running lights)

I would like your advice on an easy spot to hook up the headlights (or front corners).
The cigarette lighter is a long way and mickeymouse. There is a yellow/green alternator wire in the bay, but the engine does not shut off if the light are left on.
There must be something simple, a bridge in the fuse box or something. What are some options and success stories. Thank you for the help guys!

Jeff
On my Series I ran a constant duty switch that was used to give power to aux fusebox, I ran power from the battery to the constant duty switch, and I used the coil to send signal that the ignition was on, this way I did not have to run back into the cabin to get a signal, and because all it does is tell the switch to send power, it doesnt have much draw. Not sure what you could pull power from under the hood on your truck, just some food for thought.

Edit: just remembered defenders have the battery in the cabin, this makes this solution even less feasible for you.
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My front corner lights are LED, I will connect those.
"Run a wire to a fuse that is on only when ignition comes on" - Which fuse would work?

I'm not a fan of running new wires through the firewall. Do you think there is a simple jump in the fuse box to one of the corner light leads? Sorting this out in an easy way will greatly help me for future vehicles as well..
This is your best bet - and you can link the circuits in the fuse box with jumpers (not ideal wiring, but the most easily revisable and least intrusive option)
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