Woah woah woah, lots of opinions (which is a good thing) but no answers to my question...
Just my opinion but i dont think it would look good at all. They dont look good on many cars even when fitted as standard, so getting them to look right and professional would be quite difficult.
I agree, they look bad on some cars, and they may well come out again in 3 months' time if I'm not happy with how they look. I'm looking for a challenge :-)
Quite agree; a silly fad that is quite unnecessary in UK; have had the pleasure of driving a Fiat 500 but there is NO side light option between DLR and full headlight usage. The sooner the fad passes the better. (I assume it's a fad; please don't tell me this will be legislation)
What does it take to turn on the side lights? especially if you want to make the car more visible in low light levels etc, that's what side lights are for, both front and REAR.
Apologies for the rant..........
As far as I am aware, it is not a fad, I remember reading in several different places that all new cars sold in the EU after May 2011 have to have them. It's why from the beginning of this week Ford relaunced the remainder of their cars that didn't have DRLs with them.
I used to turn on the side lights, but for two things - one, they don't actually increase visibility in the daytime, being as they are 5w bulbs, and two, there is a chance of being mistaken for a stationary vehicle. This is why it's illegal in many EU countries including France to use a moving vehicle with the sidelights only on.
The idea of DRLs is to make your vehicle more visible even in the clearest of clear days - looking out the corner of your eye the eye sees reflected light from trees, the road, roadside furniture, the approaching car but all the light is reflected. If the car is emitting light it makes it easier to see, although in the majority of cases if motorists looked properly they wouldn't need the extra help...
Im sorry to say but i also agree. They dont look good when fitted as standard and look chavvy when fitted as an aftermarket part IMO
They can look chavvy, especially those LED bar lights. This sort of thing:
is what I want to avoid. I'm not doing this for styling reasons, it's for safety reasons.
My headlights are never turned off. They go off automatically with the ignition so I never forget to turn them on when starting the car.
DRLs in the lower part of the indicators is an interesting idea, but I would have thought it would interfere with the indicators efficiency/proportional brightness - possible MOT issues.
I used to do that, then it was brought to my attention how easy it is to blow headlight bulbs when starting the engine. It's not out of the question that the sudden interruption in current caused by the starter motor cutting in does it.
It's expensive when I use £19 a go Nightbreakers, having them on all the time I'm driving wears them out quicker too.
I have been thinking about them masking the indicators, but then I saw a brand new audi this morning which told me how to solve the problem - that has indicators mounted inside the DRL LED light bar, and four of the LEDs flash yellow when indicating while the other two dim down.
I can make a circuit to dim the whole LED array on the appropriate side DRL when the indicator stalk is moved, so hopefully there won't be a problem
They will be switched off for MOT to avoid unneccessary confusion. :-)
what's the difference between drl and side lights, apart from the name that is?
All side light bulbs are 5w. Most DRL bulbs are 21W but I believe the new Golf uses the halogen full beam bulb at reduced brightness. This makes them much more visible
Perhaps sidelights aren't blingy enough for some. They need 12 blue LED's strung together.
Blue LEDs are definitely going to help you get seen, normally by the law :-) I'm not doing it for styling reasons but I certainly won't let it detract from the car's good looks, only add to them.
Thanks for all the opinions though, I will post the results up here so you can see the finished article and make your decision then!
So, does anyone know how to remove the indicator lens without causing damage?