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Old 09-22-2019, 09:12 PM
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DIY - LED DRLs Mod on my 2013 E70 LCI

I get it... these strip LED daytime running lights are not everybody's cup of tea.

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I really like the way they turned out, myself. I did have to turn them down though because they throw off a lot of light with those CREE LEDs!

But, it was a chore figuring out how to wire them in properly. I spent several hours and I could find nothing online to help. It seems people had either just plopped them in without wiring them up, hooked them up to their fog lamps and called it good, ran some wiring to run them off a factory rear fog switch, or installed a relay off their battery power. Yuk.

I wanted them to operate automatically and properly. One problem for accessories is that our LCI E70's do not have much in the way of Switched Accessory power easily available - under the hood, especially.

Without further ado, here is my solution which I would like to share...

This is looking behind the RH headlamp assembly. Remove the inner wheel well to get this view. You can see the large horizontal connector plugged into the back of the headlight. My wire splices are actually under black tape just ahead of this connector. Look closely and you can see my wires trailing forward and down to where the DRL Controller is tie-wrapped to the horn bracket below.

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Power your DRL Controller with its Red wire going to the smaller of the two Black/Blue Stripe wires into the Right-Hand Headlight Assembly. Connect the DRL Controller's Blue wire to the very large Yellow/Blue Stripe. A Klein #11061 Wire Stripping Tool and a soldering iron makes quick & tidy work of this. fyi, do not cut your factory wiring to attach your aftermarket wiring - just push a bit of insulation apart to make a gap and solder-away! The DRL Controller's Brown ground wire is already a ring terminal which quite handily goes under the horn bracket mounting nut.

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The DRL Controller has configuration jumpers for setting options. I connected Blue-to-Brown & Red-to-Green. This turns on the DRL's with the Angel-Eyes. It dims the DRL's to 50% when the headlights are on. Also, I believe I lowered the normal LED output when it is at full brightness.

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Make sure you get the model with the controller box included. It is available on Amazon as:
LED DRL Light Kit for BMW - NSLUMO White LED Daytime Fog Light DRL for 2011-2013 BMW E70 X5 Bumper Bolt-On Car 12V Daytime Running Light Assembly
by NSLUMO


Like I said, not everybody appreciates the look. I think it adds some pop to ole' Bimmer!

Enjoy & Happy Motoring,
-dan
St. Louis

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Old 09-22-2019, 09:23 PM
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Not bad... not bad at all Dan! I don't mind the look myself. It seems to be more and more frequent on cars these days.

Would you be able to take a shot from the front next chance you get. I'd kinda like to see them from the front in the daytime. Thanks.

Awesome job!
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:23 AM
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I'd kinda like to see them from the front in the daytime.
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The effect is better, in person... my phone camera did not cooperate well.
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The effect is better, in person... my phone camera did not cooperate well.
I like what I'm seeing regardless!

I just realized I'm before the refresh on our gen. So my bumper and fog lights are a little different. My fog lights sit towards the outter edge whereas yours sit towards the middle. Not sure how that would change the look for me.

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Old 09-25-2019, 12:01 PM
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The halogen fogs look poor when they are on - being a different color than the xenon headlights.

Bad BMW, Bad!
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The halogen fogs look poor when they are on - being a different color than the xenon headlights.

Bad BMW, Bad!
I couldn't agree more! that's why I'm going to replace that light with some 5000k or brighter to match the Xenon headlights.

And the halo rings as well. Those were a soft white those years, and didn't update until the body refresh. They couldn't spring for the higher $$ bulbs to match. The sticker on mine was only $62k and that was 2010.
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