What are Daytime Running Lights (DRL)?

Since 2011, new car designs that are approved must have daytime running lights fitted. These DRLs are lights that come on when the engine is started, and stay illuminated until the main headlights are activated.

The lights tend to be brighter than headlamps to compensate for the sunlight during the day, and the UNECE specify the requirements for both performance and operation of daytime running lights.

Retrofitting of DRLs is not a legal requirement, but can increase road safety if added to a vehicle. Some worry about the fuel usage from extra lights added to their car, but as most daytime running lights are LED-based, they take a small 5-10 watts of power, opposed to 110 watts for a normal set of headlamps.

If you're in need of daytime running lights for your vehicle, click below to find your make/model.