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Old 06-06-2006, 08:31 PM
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I equate going to www.LightsOut.org for DRL info like going to Philip Morris for advice on quitting smoking.
Agreed. www.lightout.org basically argues against the abundance of evidence supporting the safety benefit of DRL's by a) constructing a conspiracy theory that GM is trying to increase profits!? and b) providing a few "opinions" from individuals of questionable authority that attack published studies.

Also, I'm not sure where people are getting the idea that DRL's "blind" you. "Blinding" and "glare" occurs when there is a dramatic difference in the intensity of a light source vs. ambient light - i.e. a high contrast. When it's already sunny outside, the difference in intensity between daylight and a light bulb isn't really that much. Shine a flashlight into somebody's face in broad daylight and they'll hardly be bothered. On the other hand, consider ordinary headlights when it's dark outside...THAT is blinding. Similarly, take that same flashlight and shine it into someone's face in a dark room - big difference.

Finally, nobody is saying that in poor weather, people should use DRL's only. Obviously, if headlights/taillamps should be turned on, they should be turned on. DRL's are meant for daytime use under conditions where you wouldn't ordinarly need headlights.

Next time you go out driving, look in your rearview, especially in the late afternoon -- which cars tend to stand out more, and which ones blend in with the background? You might surprise yourself to realize that it's the cars with DRL's that are easy to see.

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Old 06-06-2006, 08:33 PM
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I sure hope yall not running your drls use the headlights in bad weather or when it's cloudy out. I almost cut off a bimmer last week during our week of down-pours due to not having the headlights on. Not only is it safe for others it's safe for you.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:34 PM
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Had 'em turned off on my E46; they look geeky and I'm not convinced the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu next to me is going to get seen earlier than me.

But YMMV.

I thought the insurance remark was interesting, no discount eh? Seems they would have some NSA-level of actuarial data on safety; I would conclude on a $$$ basis that they've decided they don't help.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:37 PM
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Next time you go out driving, look in your rearview, especially in the late afternoon -- which cars tend to stand out more, and which ones blend in with the background? You might surprise yourself to realize that it's the cars with DRL's that are easy to see.

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No, its the hopped-up Civic weaving in traffic behind me that attracts my attention.

The oversized SUVs and GM-product cars are pretty much as visible as anything else on the road, sorry.

And yes, I was trained to turn on my lights (FRONT AND BACK) in poor visibility.

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So, unrelated (sort of) why don't we have freaking rear fog-lights on these cars?

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Old 06-06-2006, 09:13 PM
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because you can see the tailights just fine in the fog
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:52 PM
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...DRL's are meant for daytime use under conditions where you wouldn't ordinarly need headlights...SmellyGas
Yeah, like in bright sun light.
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Agreed. www.lightout.org basically argues against the abundance of evidence supporting the safety benefit of DRL's...
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Yeah, and so do half the people here.
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No, its the hopped-up Civic weaving in traffic behind me that attracts my attention.

The oversized SUVs and GM-product cars are pretty much as visible as anything else on the road, sorry.
All else being equal, I would argue that the hopped-up Civic or oversized SUV's WITH DRL's turned on would be more visible than the same vehicle with DRL's turned off. We're trained to identify objects that have contrast with respect to their environments, and DRL's add additional contrast.

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I use them because my car is the basic color of asphalt and the coffee drinking, cell phone chatting, yelling at kids in the back seat SUV drivers around here need all the help they can get.
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Old 06-07-2006, 12:11 AM
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Yes, by accident. I didn't select it on the configuration sheet when I got my new car but they were programmed ON anyway. It wasn't a big deal so I just accepted the car that way rather than waiting another day or something for them to change it.
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Old 06-07-2006, 12:25 AM
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For what its worth, motorcycle riders used to leave their lights on during the day so that they would be better noticed. Once everyone started to use daylight running lights, they passed a law saying motorcycles could ride with their high beams during the day.
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Old 06-07-2006, 01:24 AM
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I don't use them. Being a control freak, I am happier deciding myself when to turn on my lights. And the xenons look better than the halogens.
Speaking of GM and DRL's, if there are any GM drivers reading this, PLEASE replace your burned out bulbs. You all look like complete idiots driving around with one light on and one burned out.
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I have not seen the 330 with the lights on yet...Do they have the "angel eyes" that you find on the 5-series? Does anyone have any fotos of the DRLs on on the 330? I would appreciate it.
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... Does anyone have any fotos of the DRLs on on the 330? I would appreciate it.
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I posted them in my 3rd post on page 1.
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I don't use them. Being a control freak, I am happier deciding myself when to turn on my lights. And the xenons look better than the halogens.
Speaking of GM and DRL's, if there are any GM drivers reading this, PLEASE replace your burned out bulbs. You all look like complete idiots driving around with one light on and one burned out.
I agree. My dad had them turned on and I insisted on turning them off at the next service visit. Looks too much like a GM or Toyota. I hate it when people rely on DRLs when it's too dark outside because it provides some people with a false sense of security since they think "oh my lights are on so its enough". I almost ran into some Toyota SUV a month or so ago at dusk because I barely saw anything but tiny DRLs on at 10pm at night.
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Does anyone here know if it will be possible for me to turn on the fog lights on their own (without having the headlights on)? Is this a setting the dealer can re-program?
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Does anyone here know if it will be possible for me to turn on the fog lights on their own (without having the headlights on)? Is this a setting the dealer can re-program?
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Closest you can do is parking lamps/halos + foglights. Turn the switch to the parking light setting, and hit the foglight button.
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Closest you can do is parking lamps/halos + foglights. Turn the switch to the parking light setting, and hit the foglight button.
AzNMpower32:

As far as you can tell, is that what this guy here has done or has this guy turn the headlights on and just not the Xenons?

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http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=147112
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As far as you can tell, is that what this guy here has done or has this guy turn the headlights on and just not the Xenons?

Thanks!

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=147112
That's what I mentioned above: parking lights + foglights, and he has the DRLs activated. No headlights.
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That's what I mentioned above: parking lights + foglights, and he has the DRLs activated. No headlights.
Cool. That clears it up.
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