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Installing or Programming Daytime Running lights (DRL)

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by Sharin, July 16, 2011.

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      They are actually completely sealed and water proof. I work in the Marine industry as an Electrical Manager at a manufacturer. We don't use anything less...

      Thanks for the concern though :D

      There will also be a cover made to cover the internals of the unit so all you see is the LEDs.

      I also have a set of these Ive been contemplating using as well. Very bright

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      This is one of the boats we put them on

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      DRL reprogramming to install hid's in the sport - heres what i did.

      So after having no luck getting a dealer to reprogram my drl's, i decided to take the plunge and pick up one of the clone vcm2's from china. i picked the seller that had the best rating and pulled the trigger. a few weeks later it arrived and today i had time to play with it.

      now these generally come with an older version of the ids software, and some sort of hack for it, however you need not mess with any hacked or pirated software to do this.

      you can actually download the latest version of the ids software right from motor craftservice for free, and it will run just fine or three days without any Limitation.

      install the software on your win98 laptop (i had a tough book already for doing power commander programs and so on) and when you plug in your new vcm programmer it will also update it to the latest.

      The rest is easy. plug it in to your car, load it all up and you have 3 days to do what ever you have to do. i picked around a bit but only changed the drl settings to use the amber lights. now i just have to install the hid kits.

      oh, there were no warnings of unauthorized changes or what not.

      a few pics.

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      amber drl's are so much nicer than using the headlights.
       
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      No pun intended but you buy a sport and then you cover the explorer name plate on the hood thats what the explorer sport is all about.....!
       
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      amber drl's are so much nicer than using the headlights.[/QUOTE]The only problem with having them on the amber is that when you use the turn signal you only have one DRL left on. I also think that the headlamps, even at reduced power are more visible on those hot hazy days. I had the amber DRL's on my Limited and was very disappointed it wasn't on the headlamps. On my MKT the DRLs are the fog lights, which was another surprise.

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      Police Mode.... curious as to what that may do.
       
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      i think it allows you to run with all exterior and interior lighting off.
       
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      Pretty sure its about whats under the hood not whats on it lol.

      If you drove where i do in northern Alberta, you would have a hood deflector as well.

      plus, people get to see the sport emblem when I'm pulling away from them at stop lights.
       
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      I took my ex to the dealer and they asked if I wanted the ambers or head lights turned on as an option for the drl. I told them to do the ambers since I'll be doing an hid upgrade. They look pretty cool.
       
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      HID's?

      Dumb question, why don't people want their HID's on as DRLs? Don't a lot of the new factory cars with HIDs run them at all times?
       
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      Good question and I wish I knew the answer. Perhaps it isn't possible to run HID's at reduced power due to the very nature of the way they produce the light. All the 5th gen Explorers have the DRL on the headlamps here in Canada with the exception of the Limiteds which use the amber. It could also have to do with replacement costs.

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      Actually, that's a good question. It was sort of a quick decision and given that I was going to work on doing an HID retrofit and hope to not get any fault codes or anything of that nature (not sure it would even matter) I figured to just have the ambers on since they are pretty bright to be seen by opposing traffic. No strong reason. It only took about 15 minutes to get it done by the dealer.
       
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      OK so just to add my 2 cents. I live in CA and have a 2015 Explorer XLT on order. I did this thru a leasing company (Not Ford Motor credit) They gave me a book to select my options and DRL is an option even for US vehicles. As far back as 2000 there have been DRL available on many Ford vehicles. On my 2000 F150 XLT it was a $9.00 jumper. You lifted the panel in the dash above the glove box and removed one plug with an orange wire loop and plugged in the Ford jumper with I believe a diode and poof DRL's.
       
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      Many members have had their DRLs activated. It can be done by the dealer using a laptop, I believe. It would be interesting to see if yours does actually come with them activated. If so, it will likely be on the headlamps.

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      I'll let you know. Thanks
       
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      Having had the dealer switch on the DRL's for my '11 F150, I thought it would be a piece of cake to do the same for my '15 Ex Sport. Yes, well....

      As discussed here (and many other places) the DRL's for my Explorer are the amber lights on the front corners. So, I had the dealer promptly turn them off. Why, you might ask?

      Not quite 40 years as an emergency responder in a large metropolis (>2 million pop.). A few trips through emergency driving courses. Convincing demonstrations of the difference in visibility in bright daylight between white, full spectrum light, and just about anything else.

      So, Ford provides an 80% brightness DRL (using the headlights) on the 2011 F-150, but amber on my 2015 Ex Sport? Really? Seriously, I know some are irritated by DRL's, but the difference in visibility, between white light and amber light in daylight, is huge. On the other hand, I only have my experience to relate. Apparently, Ford knows better.

      So, I am looking for a well regarded after-market kit, hopefully something that can be integrated to the grille openings.

      Any suggestions out there?
       
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      The non-HID equiped explorers can have either the Halogen headlight or the amber corner lights. I just had mine activated this weekend. I was invited back there and got to see the laptop options. We were almost stumped until we realized the DRL would only turn on when in drive. We backed out of the bay and they came on (15 sport).
       
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      RLCramer, have you checked out posts 76 and 87? They use LED strips for the DRL.

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      dentalpain:

      I am not certain whether my headlights are HID or not, so I will be checking into that. Thank you for that info.

      Peter:

      Thanks. I thought I had read all the posts, and although I did read the one referencing the Philips DRL's, I missed the second reference. If dentalpain's advice doesn't pan out, one of these might be viable.
       
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      The only model that has the HID option is the Limited (standard in Canada) so if you have the Sport you won't have factory HID headlamps.

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      So...Back To The Dealer

      Peter:

      Thank you. I went through all the documentation I have, and I couldn't find a reference to HID headlights, and you confirmed it.

      Fortunately, the dealer has been pretty helpful so far, but this will be the second trip for this issue, so.....they may want to cover their costs for this trip. On the other hand, they should have known about this the first time. We will see.
       
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      My Amber lights are the DRL too, but I also wired from the same circuit, a pair of LED spots installed where the stock Fog lights would be. The LED are inexpensive and simple windshield adhesive was all that was needed to hold them into the cutout.

       
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      tropicvi:

      I have a call into my local dealer for another service appointment to try to fix this, this time using the BCM switch set to use the headlamps. If, for some reason, this doesn't work, then I will proceed to the user-installed options.

      Installing in place of the fog lamps has ups and downs. Up - extremely clean-looking result (based on the pictures in your album). Down - replaces the stock fog lamps. Fog where I live is extremely rare, so....

      Thanks for the info. I will post back with the result from the dealer.
       
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      I'm curious to see if there is another locations to use either the PL's or the headlights. When I used v.90 of the IDS software, and programmed the BCM, my ONLY option was the parking lights... Headlights were not a choice, and since I have a Sport, HID's were not an issue... Would love to hear from someone who had their headlights programmed as DRL's where it is in the software...

      My PL's as DRL's are very bright and noticeable...
       
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      ETicket:

      The demonstration used by the emergency driving course instructors was fairly simple. One vehicle, driven by the instructor and loaded with 4 students (yes, it was very crowded in the back seat), at one end of the course. At the other end, and equipped with roof-mounted emergency lights, was the other car (Crown Vic's all around, of course).

      In our vehicle, the instructor radio'd the other operator to turn on lights. Red lights, barely visible. Amber lights, a little better. Blue lights, I couldn't see at all, although others claimed they could.

      Then, finally, the instructor had the other vehicle turn on the headlights. Just the headlights, dimmed. Boom, we could all now detect the vehicle, whereas prior, we were guessing about the location.

      So, sure, the amber lights are bright up close. Are they bright at a distance in bright sunlight? Probably not, based on my very subjective experience.

      Clearly, other manufacturers understand the factors involved, and have chosen, almost universally, to use white lights as DRL's.

      Ford, on the other hand, apparently cannot provide enough information to the dealers so that owners do not have to jump through hoops to get something as simple as this addressed correctly.

      Not that I am frustrated or anything.:banghead:

      Regarding the headlight vs. parking light setting, I will quote from Tropicvi in this thread (sorry, I couldn't find the comment number while writing the reply):

       
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