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      07-21-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Does anybody have pics of the standard defaults for the headlight/corona ring lights on--both DRL's and regular Headlights ON ?? I guess the car has STD DRL's, but is that just the corona rings lit? or will it be the HID's also being lit with them? I really don't want to use the HID's all of the time unless I have to.

When the lights are turned on via the switch, both the headlight rings are lit? along with the headlights, correct?

Also, I've heard that the taillamps are lit w/ DRL's as well--so essentially, they are always on when the car is in motion??

I've read where the DRL's can be coded off--I may end up doing that as I want to be able to choose when the lights are on or off.

Any pics/input would be helpful!!
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      07-21-2012, 02:16 PM   #2
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Or, you could simply turn off the DRL's through the iDrive. Pretty simple to do.
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      07-21-2012, 02:21 PM   #3
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With the Xenon lights option it is just the corona rings (angel eyes) which are lit. The rear sidelight are not lit. Only when you select the dipped lights will the headlights and rear sidelights come on.

You previously could select whether or not to have the DRLs on/off in the iDrive but now they are compulsory on all new vehicles in the EU I don't know if this is still possible. It maybe in the N American market but I know the option no longer exist on in the EU market.

I personally wouldn't recommend turning them off as they are a safety feature.
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      07-21-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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DRL are just the rings and brows, not the HID.
You are in the US, so you can turn DRL on/off via iDrive.

From svache's cheat sheet, you can enable either the inboard or outboard or both tails (LED bars) to be on with DRLs. But, normally tails are not on with DRLs. IMO, DRL are to allow other drivers to see on-coming traffic better, so only needed in front.
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Do most people just leave their headlight nob on automatic? And does this mean that DRL activate without HID during the day however after a certain level of lighting the HID activates?

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      07-21-2012, 08:42 PM   #6
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. . . does this mean that DRL activate without HID during the day however after a certain level of lighting the HID activates?
Yes, exactly.
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      07-21-2012, 11:51 PM   #7
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DRL = Daytime Running Light...

I drive during day, therefore DRL on .....

pretty simple and straight forward...

I have the rings, might as well use and show off them being on




what's the purpose of a DRL being off ??
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      07-22-2012, 03:17 AM   #8
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Does anyone know just how much battery DRL uses?
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      07-22-2012, 08:36 AM   #9
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DRL = Daytime Running Light...

I drive during day, therefore DRL on .....

pretty simple and straight forward...

I have the rings, might as well use and show off them being on




what's the purpose of a DRL being off ??
Purpose of them being off is if the HID's are on, they would burn out faster and would probably need to be replaced beyond the B-to-B warranty. At $800+ a pop--(or more for BMW) I'd rather extend the life by at least 1/2 and not have to worry about it. Knowing that the HID bulbs aren't lit w/ the DRL's on makes it a non-issue at this point as at least I know those part of the lights won't be on. I know they last a while, but just want to extend the life where I can.

Coming from a VW w/ HID's--they are ALWAYS on when the car is on and they tend to burn out at around 70-80k from what I've seen/heard. Just trying to prevent that from happening so soon in this car.

To each his/her own whether they like them or want to use them on or not. My question was mainly whether they are always "on" when the car is running.
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Purpose of them being off is if the HID's are on, they would burn out faster and would probably need to be replaced beyond the B-to-B warranty. At $800+ a pop--(or more for BMW) I'd rather extend the life by at least 1/2 and not have to worry about it. Knowing that the HID bulbs aren't lit w/ the DRL's on makes it a non-issue at this point as at least I know those part of the lights won't be on. I know they last a while, but just want to extend the life where I can.

Coming from a VW w/ HID's--they are ALWAYS on when the car is on and they tend to burn out at around 70-80k from what I've seen/heard. Just trying to prevent that from happening so soon in this car.

To each his/her own whether they like them or want to use them on or not. My question was mainly whether they are always "on" when the car is running.
"At $800+ dollars a pop"... What are you talking about? You know you can just replace the HID bulb when it burns out, right? You don't have to purchase a whole new headlight. The bulb is only ~$100.
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"At $800+ dollars a pop"... What are you talking about? You know you can just replace the HID bulb when it burns out, right? You don't have to purchase a whole new headlight. The bulb is only ~$100.
No I did not know that--as I've never had to replace one of them. I stand corrected. I checked BMWOEM website and they list for $212.xx. Maybe I was quoted w/ the entire headlight assembly--who knows.

This makes it easier to handle $$$-wise if the burn out, though.
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I do not know which bulb the F30 uses, but previous 3 series use a standard size HID-D1S bulb you can find for well less than $100 for a name brand.
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      07-23-2012, 10:20 AM   #13
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Thanks for the pics - they were much needed!

So am I right in thinking that with the Xenons, there are no LED DRLs? Or have I missed something?
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Purpose of them being off is if the HID's are on, they would burn out faster and would probably need to be replaced beyond the B-to-B warranty. At $800+ a pop--(or more for BMW) I'd rather extend the life by at least 1/2 and not have to worry about it. Knowing that the HID bulbs aren't lit w/ the DRL's on makes it a non-issue at this point as at least I know those part of the lights won't be on. I know they last a while, but just want to extend the life where I can.

Coming from a VW w/ HID's--they are ALWAYS on when the car is on and they tend to burn out at around 70-80k from what I've seen/heard. Just trying to prevent that from happening so soon in this car.

To each his/her own whether they like them or want to use them on or not. My question was mainly whether they are always "on" when the car is running.
I am under the impression that the DRL's are always on even with the HID's. I usually run my auto switch at off because the HID's activate way to soon for my liking. When I do set it to auto the DRL's are always on, when the HID's come on the DRL's (rings) stay on along with the HID's. That is typical BMW style.
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Does anyone know just how much battery DRL uses?
I am really not sure why you guys all making such a big deal out of this DRL ??

puss ??

Your F30s are no Ford Model T ....

why would you worry about battery usage due to DRL ??
you know that the Alternator is recharging the battery as you drive and use your car right ??? so there is "no loss" ....

Further more,

The DRL can be turned off from the i-drive.

If you Turn it off:
there is no DRL whenever you have it on AUTO during the day.

But the DRL will be on as soon as you turn the switch to "Parking Light"
or use the HIDs...

it's really not magic...
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Thanks for the pics - they were much needed!

So am I right in thinking that with the Xenons, there are no LED DRLs? Or have I missed something?
The DRL's are LED's no need to worry about burning out, they prob last a life time.

The xenons (H.I.D) should also last a long time. My Gti Xenons lasted over 5 years could be longer but traded it in for this.

So just leave the car lights in Auto and save yourself that stress. Also make sure nothing is on the right of the rear view mirror because that will cause the lights to come on earlier than needed.
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Quick question for you guys... on the F30 does the LED brow match the AE's exactly or are the AE's a big bluer and the brow is a bit whiter?
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