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Old 10-11-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Daytime running lights - no headlights? Just running lights?

In Canada, I see that Tacoma's don't have their headlights on for their daytime running lights - just the parking/running lights. Did the Tacoma get by some kind of regulation? Every other vehicle I've seen on the road has their headlights on for daytime running lights.
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there are many vehicles in BC that don't have headlights on for their DRL, ours is just one of those
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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Its the same here in the U.S. Just depends on what vehicle it is.
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Seems that something was changed in the regulations over the last 10 years.
What is now a DRL used to be considered "parking lights" and was illegal.

It is likely a legislative response to the increased use of HID projector headlights, which can not be run at reduced brightness for daytime operation.
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The Tacoma DRLs are not the parking lights, they are the same higher wattage filaments that the front signals use.

DRLs do not have to be the headlights, and can be white or amber, and lots of both out there. Look at Chrysler minivans, GM pickups..., the list goes on, for other examples. You are just noticing other tacomas 'cause you just got one. The Tacoma DRLs fully meet all Canadian standards for DRLs, and I speak as an Authorized Inspector here in BC FWIW.
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there are many vehicles in BC that don't have headlights on for their DRL, ours is just one of those
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Thankyou for the informative responses everyone.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:51 AM   #8
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I've not seen any cars that use headlight as DRL. Most cars now have two sets of lights up front one set dedicated to DRL and one set dedicated to headlights.







Inner ones being DRLs and outers being the headlights.
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^^^ inners are high beams, not dedicated DRL. They run as DRL with a reduced voltage if so equipped. Using the highs work better with modern reflectors because of sharper cutoffs on the low beams, which by shining almost all the light to the ground can make it less easily visible during the daytime.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:15 PM   #10
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I've not seen any cars that use headlight as DRL. Most cars now have two sets of lights up front one set dedicated to DRL and one set dedicated to headlights.







Inner ones being DRLs and outers being the headlights.
DRL has been mandatory in Canada for a long time , in the beginning most cars used their headlights as DRL
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DRL has been mandatory in Canada for a long time , in the beginning most cars used their headlights as DRL
Yup.

I'm not sure how Chevy is doing it now, but on my '06 Silverado, the low beams were the DRLs.
It was apparently an option on the '03 Tundra, as I recall many conversations on eliminating them (or enabling them) though my wife's '04 Rav4 does not have them and she has an "L" model with leather and remote audio controls.

When did it become law in Canada? I remember discussions here in the late 90s, but it's still not mandatory.


What is mandatory, and was a pain in the ass in my Silverado, is that in California, if it is raining enough to need your wipers, your headlights must be on.
Problem with the Silverado. Automatic headlights... it needed to be darker than just a heavy overcast for the lights to come on.
Not hard to operate the switch... but in California where shit falling from the sky is not normally "rain", it only took a couple of months to retrain yourself to simply forget about the headlights.

I got into the habit of tossing my hat over the dash sensor. Enough light got in to keep the lights out during the day, but when it got overcast, the lights would kick on.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:49 PM   #12
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When did it become law in Canada?
Jan 1 1990
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All the cars shown above don't have dedicated DRL's. They're the high beams at reduced power. But lots of cars use the low beams at reduced power. In fact I've seen that more than anything personally. Only cars I've ever owned with DRL's were a Grand Am GT and Impala SS, both which used low beams at reduced power (albeit the Grand Am only having one bulb for low and high beams). Really just depends on the vehicle, no standard. High beams on reduced power, low beams on reduced power, parking or turn signal lights, dedicated lights such as on the current Tahoe or any car with LED DRL lighting.
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