What are Daytime Running Lights

2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Have you noticed the strings of small lights that circle swoop around the headlights on a lot of new cars today? Many form interesting illuminated patterns that nicely accent the vehicle’s main headlights. In fact, sometimes they give the front of the car an odd human-like expression, specifically at night. The industry calls these additional lights “daytime running lights” (DRLs) and they are becoming very popular.

What are DRLs?

Miracle of Gallatin, TX, a full-service Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer, explains that DRLs are technically just secondary sets of headlights. While they definitely enhance the styling of a vehicle, they are designed primarily to increase its visibility. DLRs are generally made up of high intensity white LEDs but you may also see them in amber color too.

How do they work?

The car manufacturers usually design DRLs so they stay on whenever the vehicle is moving. This is helps make the vehicle more visible and thus is a valuable safety feature. In addition, some manufacturers are now using them in conjunction with other lights on the vehicle. Some car makers, for example, have configured their DRLs so they blink with the vehicle’s directional lamps. Again, a nice safety feature.

What are their advantages?

DRLs offer a number of advantages. As we mentioned above, the first thing is that DRLs simply make a car a lot more noticeable whether it is during the day or at night. Secondly, they are a nice styling touch. Frankly, this sort of detail also makes a car more noticeable when on the road and thus increases its safety. Another advantage that should be noted is that as a light source, they are very efficient and thus use minimal power. Today’s cars have no shortage of components that draw power so anything that reduces that load is welcome.

  

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