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Best Car Daytime Running Lights – Reviews and QP Ratings (Dec 2018)

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Enhance your visibility today by adding or replacing daytime running lamps and lights on your vehicle. Let us guide you to the best car daytime running lights for your vehicle.

NameQP Rating
YANF 80211-1 Waterproof Flexible Daytime Running Light Strip 10 See all reviews Check Price
AUTOMONACH LED Daytime Running Lights 9.5 See all reviews Check Price
XCSOURCE MA136 9LED Daytime Running Light Kit 9 See all reviews Check Price
LEADTOPS U-Shape LED Daytime Running Lights 8.5 See all reviews Check Price
Rayhoo Waterproof IP67 Flexible Daytime Running Lights 8.2 See all reviews Check Price
Fullkang LB025 30LED Daytime Running Lights 7.9 See all reviews Check Price
iJDMTOY 60-086 6000K Cool White 6-LED LED Daytime Running Lights 7.7 See all reviews Check Price
RioRand RR-2P-6W-6K-S Waterproof Aluminum LED Daytime Running Lights 7.2 See all reviews Check Price
Partsam 60-3528-SMD LED Daytime Running Lights 6.9 See all reviews Check Price
OPT7 Nova Plasma DRL Light Bars 6.6 See all reviews Check Price

YANF 80211-1 Waterproof Flexible Daytime Running Light Strip

Key Specifications

  • ✔️ Paste directly led light strip: the led strip bar can be pasted outside or inside headlight assembly easily with adhesive tape, no drilling, no screwing and no disassembling needed, no damage to your car. Used for car headlight decoration and retrofit with effortless installation.
  • ✔️ Waterproof buckled plug design with short circuit protection, unbreakable and rust-resistant silicone tube enable this led strip light can withstand harsh climatic conditions and works well in rainy or foggy days. A perfect way to add a stunning custom look to car headlights assembly: Handpicked SMD3014 LED, no dead light and dark spots, super bright and clear than the stock halogen headlight bulbs.
  • ✔️ Easy to install, simply splice into your current DRL and turn signal wiring, just require right connect to the positive (+) and negative (-) side, red cable connects to running cable (white light shows), yellow cable connects to turning cable (flowing amber shows), black cable connects to battery negative.
  • ✔️ Flexible soft strip light: Can be bent, twisted, easy to make any shapes, the tube also can be cut and resealed, you can DIY the shape and cut it to any length you want to fit retrofit needs.
  • ✔️ Universally fit for DC12V auto vehicle, error free widely used for Car, SUV, Vans, Truck, RV, Motorcycle, Scooter, Trailer etc. Waterproof, anti-collision and anti-corrosion led light tube. 30-DAY money back and 3-YEAR replacement warranty, no hassle on replace or exchange.

Features: Dual color white/amber switchback function LED strip,soft and easy to make any shapes. DRL driving light and turn light-Work as a daytime running light with white lighting color and turn yellow lighting color when the car are turning.Waterproof flexible soft tube strip light installing around the car headlight.Easy Installation-Circuit boards with wire, easy to fixed installation.It's a good choice for car light replacing and accessorizing Car DRL and turn signal light switchback function LED strip: White light for daytime running light, flowing amber light for turn signal light. - Used for car exterior decoration light: Angel Eye Light, Daytime Running Lights, Turn Signal Lights, Eyebrow Lights, Rear Window Lights, etc. - Used for car interior decoration light: Floor Lights, Pedal Lights, Brake Lights, Trunk Lights, Door Lights, Instrument Lights, Car Dome Lights, etc. - Moreover: This LED strip light tube also can be used for boat, motor, cabinets, tables, chairs, stairs, and anywhere you want, it will add aesthetic appeal.Specification: Length: 60CM / 24 Inches Working Voltage: DC12V LED Type: 3014Installation Guide: There are 3 cables,yellow red and black: the Black connect to ground line the Yellow connect to turning cable-flowing amber(yellow) light the Red connect to running cable-white light *Contact us or try a professional installation if you have any installation problem in your installation process. Package included: 2 x soft tears strips lights 2 x extension cableSuggestions for your cutting DIY installation:1. Sealing the tube with insulated glue after cutting in short.2. Make sure no debris gets in.3. Power off during your customizing installation.

AUTOMONACH LED Daytime Running Lights

Key Specifications

  • Size: 6.5" Length, 1.5" Width, 1" High
  • The light pattern on these lights are 3 spot and 3 flood emission.
  • Nice addition or upgrade for your vehicles to use as day time running lights or fog lights.
  • Comes with a pair of bright lights, metal brackets and screws for mounting, and wiring for electrical connections.
  • Manufactured and designed to be weather resistant and waterproof, built to withstand rough terrains.

 AUTOMONACH Brand new COB LED lights  Package includes: 2 pieces of COB LED daytime running light  Size(Approx.):6.5" Length, 1.5" Width, 1" High Color: 6000K Xenon  Working Voltage: DC 12V  Wattage: 6w x2  Number of LED: COB SMD x2  Material: Heavy duty Aluminum body  Features:  High power COB SMD LED light bulb, slim design.  Emit Super bright xenon white light, high intensity.  Enhance lighting in rainy and foggy days brings more safety.  Low power consumption and vibration resistant.  With 50000 working hours life expectancy.  Easy installation, easily stick on with self-adhesive tape. 

XCSOURCE MA136 9LED Daytime Running Light Kit

Key Specifications

  • Daytime running lights improve safety while driving: allows your vehicle to be seen at much further distances.
  • 2 x 9 LED White light Daytime Light
  • Increase safety when driving at nightFor use as rear or front warning lamps
  • Adhesive backing makes lights easy to attach Super bright Long-lasting
  • Package included:2x Vehicle Car 9 LED Daytime Running Light

Features: Easy to assemble Unique and attractive color light Save your power supply Long-lasting LED Long service life Low power consumption and high brightness Great for many applications around the vehicle Can serve as replacement of turn signal light, corner light, parking light, side marker light, tail light, and backup lights, etc. Specifications: Beam Angle: 360° Pure white SMD LED's Made with high intensity SMD LED Power: DC 12V LED Qty: 9 LEDs Good sealing performance; Anti-dust; anti-collision; splash resistant; safe and reliable. Universal Fit on any Cars, Trucks, SUVs, Trailers, RVs. Package includes: 2 x 9 LED Car Daytime Running Light 4 x Screw

LEADTOPS U-Shape LED Daytime Running Lights

Key Specifications

  • √ PRODUCT INFORMATION - 2pcs waterproof aluminum high power car daytime running COB LED light.
  • √ SPECIFICATION - Aluminum + COB, Imported high-power LED light source.
  • √ HIGH QUALITY - Waterproof and dustproof, low power consumption, super durable can better protect the car circuit. Life span up to 50,000 hours.
  • √ EASY INSTALLATION - Easily stick on with self-adhesive tape and it can be installed on any vehicle surface by drilling holes.
  • √ APPLICATION - DRL daylight driving lamp universal for 12V vehicles (White) with low power consumption and vibration resistant.

Features: High power COB SMD LED light bulb, slim design. Emit Super bright xenon white light, high intensity. Enhance lighting in rainy and foggy days brings more safety. Low power consumption and vibration resistant. With 50000 working hours life expectancy. Easy installation, easily stick on with self-adhesive tape. Specification: - Voltage: DC 12V - Power: 6W - Colour: White Light (6000K-8000K) - Material: Aluminum + COB - Housing color: Black - Size: 18cm X 3.8cm X 2.2cm Package List: - 2 x Waterproof Daytime Driving LED Light (108 chips) - Latest COB Chips inside. Total Lumen increased 80% than traditional DRL light - Aluminium alloy frame, High temperature tolerance - Wider light angle - Completely waterproof. - Immediate response ,1000 times fast than Traditional lights - Long Lasting, Up to 50K+ Hours Life Time Waterproof: -Full 360 degree waterproof,front filled with transparency waterproof material - Completely waterproof. Installation Tips: - Make sure the installation surface is clean and smooth - Warm up the sticker with a hair dryer before installation - Connect the Black line to negative(-), Red line to Positive(+)

Rayhoo Waterproof IP67 Flexible Daytime Running Lights

Key Specifications

  • 2 pcs Set Waterproof IP67 Rubber Flexible(120°) High Power 6W 12V Flip Slim Chip COB LEDs Generation DRL Daylight Driving Light Daytime Running Light
  • Package includes: 2 pieces of 25cm COB LED daytime running light, Emit Super bright xenon white light, high intensity. Enhance lighting in rainy and foggy days & brings more safety
  • Areas of application: Strobe light/Reversing lights/Parking lights/Side marker lights/License plate light/Daytime running light/Position light/Fog light
  • Low power consumption and vibration resistant. Up to 65% energy saving than orginal buld lamp
  • Free Shipping.Normally the shipment will be delivered to you within 4-7 business days after sent off.

Condition: Rayhoo Brand new Flip Chip COB LED lights Package includes: 2 pieces of COB LED daytime running lights. Size(Approx.): (25 cm x 3.5 cm x 0.6 cm) Color: White/Blue/Ice Blue Working Voltage: DC 12 V Wattage: 6w x 2 Number of LED: COB SMD x 2 Cable length: 55 cm Material: Waterproof IP67 Rubber Features: High power COB SMD LED light bulb, slim design. Flexible. Emit Super bright xenon white light, high intensity. Enhance lighting in rainy and foggy days brings more safety. Low power consumption and vibration resistant. With 5000 working hours life expectancy. Easy installation, easily stick on with self-adhesive tape. Fitment: Universal fit any vehicle car van truck with 12V power. Certified according to ECE, SAE regulations and IP homologated. * Not D.O.T. approved, for off road use only. Note: Professionals install is strongly recommended to avoid trouble caused by inexperienced installer!

Fullkang LB025 30LED Daytime Running Lights

Key Specifications

  • Each light housing equips with 20 daytime running lights and 10 yellow turn Lights
  • Good sealing performance; Anti-dust; anti-collision; splash wet; may hang: safe and reliable
  • Easy to install; Connect the positive and negative wires to any of your vehicle power outlet, it comes with adjustable bracket
  • It is perfect for add-on decoration and usage as Daytime Running / Driving Light lamp (DRL), Fog Light, Under Bumper / Grille / Kit Light
  • Daytime running light improves safety while driving allows your vehicie to be seen at much further distances. Greatly improves reaction time of oncoming motorists in an incldent

Features: 100% Brand new High quality. Emit 6000K xenon HID super White color, long lasting life. Low power consumption; Quick Instant Start-Up time. Easy to use. Easy and simple to install. Bright with super beam daytime running light to driving safety. Longer life LED lifetime up to 100,000 hours, minimal maintenance cost. Universal Fit on any Cars, Trucks, SUVs, Trailers, RVs. Specification: Rated Voltage: 12V Power: 12W Number of LED: 20(Daytime running lights) + 10(yellow turn signal) Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.5 x 4 cm Light color: Bright white & Yellow Package Content: 2 x 30 LED Car Daytime Running Light (with Original packaging) 2 x Fixed iron plates 4 x Screw 2 x Power Cable

iJDMTOY 60-086 6000K Cool White 6-LED LED Daytime Running Lights

Key Specifications

  • Powered by 6 pieces xenon white LED lights
  • Size: 6.00 x 1.30 x 0.70
  • Shockproof, waterproof and corrosion resistant
  • Improve your safety and style on the road, increasing your visibility day and night
  • This is an iJDMTOY Trademark Brand product, exclusively available at iJDMTOY

This page is featuring this 6-bulb LED daytime running light bar, universal fit for any car, SUV or truck. This universal fit LED daytime running lights come with smart clip-on system. Install the brackets in any cavity and simply click the LED daytime running lamps into place. The LED lamp comes with two wires, simply tap the wires to any 12V power source such as parking lights or fog lights to enable the DRL. Universal for most vehicles Acura Integra MDX NSX RDX RSX TL TLX TSX Audi A3 A4 A5 A6 Q5 Q7 TT BMW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 series X1 X3 X5 X6 Cadillac CTS Escalade Chevrolet Avalanche Camaro Colorado Corvette Cruze Silverado 1500 2500 3500 Tahoe Dodge Caliber Challenger Charger Dart Durango Neon Nitro Ram Ford Edge Explorer F-150 F-250 Flex Focus Fusion Mustang GMC Canyon Denali Sierra Yukon Honda Accord Civic CR-V CR-Z Fit Pilot Ridgeline S2000 Hyundai Genesis Santa Fe Sonata Infiniti EX35 FX35 G35 G37 M35 M37 M45 M56 Q50 Q60 QX60 QX70 QX80 Jeep Grand Cherokee Patriot Wrangler Lexus CT ES GS GX HS IS LS LX RX SC Mazda 3 5 6 CX-5 CX-7 CX-9 Miata RX-8 Mercedes C CL CLA CLK CLS E GLK ML S Class MINI Cooper Nissan 350Z 370Z Altima Cube Frontier Juke Maxima Murano Rogue Sentra Titan Scion FR-S FRS tC xA xB Subaru BRZ Forester Impreza Legacy WRX STI Toyota 4Runner Camry Corolla FJ Cruiser Highlander Prius RAV4 Sienna Tacoma Tundra, etc

RioRand RR-2P-6W-6K-S Waterproof Aluminum LED Daytime Running Lights

Key Specifications

  • RioRand 2 pcs Set Waterproof Aluminum High Power 6W 6000K Xenon White Slim COB LED DRL Daylight Driving Daytime Running Light Lamp For Car SUV Sedan Coupe Vehicle
  • Package includes: 2 pieces of COB LED daytime running light? Emit Super bright xenon white light, high intensity
  • Enhance lighting in rainy and foggy days & brings more safety
  • Low power consumption and vibration resistant
  • Easy installation, easily stick on with self-adhesive tape

Brand: RioRand Size(Approx.): Total L 6 3/4" x W 5/8" (17cm x 1.5cm) Color: 6000K Xenon white Working Voltage: DC 12V Wattage: 6w x2 Number of LED: COB SMD x2 Cable length: 30" (75cm) Material: Heavy duty Aluminum body. Features: High power COB SMD LED light bulb, slim design. Emit Super bright xenon white light, high intensity. Enhance lighting in rainy and foggy days brings more safety. Low power consumption and vibration resistant. With 50000 working hours life expectancy. Easy installation, easily stick on with self-adhesive tape. Fitment: Universal fit any vehicle car van truck with 12V power. Not D.O.T. approved, for off road use only. Note: Professionals install is strongly recommended to avoid trouble caused by inexperienced installer. Package includes: 2 pieces of COB LED daytime running light

Partsam 60-3528-SMD LED Daytime Running Lights

Key Specifications

  • ✔ Application on: 3157 3156 4114 3357A 3457A 60-3528-SMD White Hight Power LED cab be used as DRL Daytime Running Light Bulbs.
  • ✔ Notes: 3157 have two types of bulbs, ours is the standard 3157, not CK 3157.
  • ✔ Part # Cross Reference: 3047 3057 3157 3357 3457 4057 4114 4157; Color temperature: 6000K; Housing Material: Aluminum Alloy; LED source: 60-3528-SMD
  • ✔ Long-lasting Life - 50000 working hours, Easy installation- Plug N Play; Faster on/off response time and vibration resistant; If the LED does not light up, simply flip it 180 degrees.
  • ✔ Please check your stock vehicle part number before purchase.

This aution is Daytime Running Light DRL for the compatibility car! Long-lasting Life - 50000 working hours Easy installation, just plug & play Faster on/off response time and vibration resistant If the LED does not light up, simply flip it 180 degrees (reverse the polarity) Flumen:420LM/pcs Color Temp:6000K BULB SIZE / CROSS REFERENCE: 3157,3156, 3456, 4156,3157A, 3157NA, 3057, 3155, 3357, 3457, 3757, 4057, 4114, 4157,3156 Diameter: 49 mm(1.92 inch) APPLICATION: Perfect for Daytime Running Lights. Since the nature of the item being offered might fit a large variety of different vehicle and function. Please make sure this is the correct application type of bulb before placing order. 3157 have two types of bulbs,Our item is the standard 3157,not CK 3157.

OPT7 Nova Plasma DRL Light Bars

Key Specifications

  • OPT7 Nova Plasma™ Bars are a brilliant solution to enhanced lighting in any location
  • Intense Flood Lighting, in a Small Size
  • Peel & Stick Mounting
  • Waterproof Silicone Seal
  • Use as driving lights, reverse lights, trunk lights, engine bay light, anywhere

Nova Plasma Technology OPT7 Nova Plasma Bars are a brilliant solution to enhanced lighting in any location. It's thin, durable, and most important, versatile. Unlike standard COB bars, our Nova Plasma bars features industrial grade silicone to ensure the Plasma surface does not discolor. Nova Plasma technology produces a unique solid "beam" design that is elegant in color, but intense in brightness. Key Benefits: -Intense Flood Lighting, in a Small Size Adds an ultra-bright mini-flood light to any flat surface. Add a unique flash to your ride, or completely illuminate those dark spots in your trunk or car interior. - Waterproof Silicone Seal We've improved over the standard COB bars with premium build materials. Water-tight silicone seal to keep dirt and moisture out of the bars. Tough aluminum housing to ensure protection from rock chips and UV damage. OEM-Grade rubber polymer coated wires to protect against heat from the engine bay. - Peel & Stick Mounting Mounting is simple and secure with pre-installed waterproof double-sided tape. Just peel & stick onto any flat surface. - Universal Install The included 30" reach cords can connect to any automotive power source or any other 12-24v source. Common Applications: Bumper/Grill Mount DRL Lighting: Get noticed with unique luxury DRL light. Reverse Lighting: Illuminate that dark ally or forest before your back-up. Trunk/Dome Lights: Fill your car with light and find everything you need without a flashlight. Engine Bay Light: Easily diagnose your engine trouble without having to taste a flashlight ever again. Anywhere light is needed!

A daytime running lamp (DRL, also daytime running light) is an automotive lighting and bicycle lighting device on the front of a roadgoing motor vehicle or bicycle, automatically switched on when the vehicle is in drive, emitting white, yellow, or amber light to increase the conspicuity of the vehicle during daylight conditions.
Depending on prevailing regulations and vehicle equipment, the daytime running light function may be implemented by functionally specific lamps, by operating the low beam headlamps or fog lamps at full or reduced intensity, by operating the high-beam headlamps at reduced intensity, or by steady-burning operation of the front turn signals. Compared to any mode of headlamp operation to create the daytime running light, functionally dedicated DRLs maximize the potential benefits in safety performance and minimize fuel consumption, glare, motorcycle masking, and other potential drawbacks.

Numerous studies done worldwide since the 1970s have tended to conclude that daytime running lights improve safety. A 2008 study by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analysed the effect of DRLs on frontal and side-on crashes between two vehicles and on vehicle collisions with pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. The analysis determined that DRLs offer no statistically significant reduction in the frequency or severity of the collisions studied, except for a reduction in light trucks’ and vans’ involvement in two-vehicle crashes by a statistically significant 5.7%.

The daytime running light was first mandated, and safety benefits first perceived, in Scandinavian countries where it is persistently dark during the winter season. As ambient light levels increase, the potential safety benefit decreases while the DRL intensity required for a safety improvement increases. The safety benefit produced by DRLs in relatively dark Nordic countries is roughly triple the benefit observed in relatively bright America.

In many countries, every motorcycle’s low beam headlamp has been wired to illuminate whenever the engine is running, either as a matter of law or of voluntary industry practice. Some motorcycling advocacy groups are concerned over the potential for reduced motorcycle conspicuity with the introduction of headlamp-based DRLs on cars and other dual-track vehicles, since it means motorcycles are no longer the only vehicles displaying headlamps during the day. Some researchers have suggested that amber DRLs be reserved for use exclusively on motorcycles, in countries where amber is not presently a permissible color for DRLs on any vehicles, while other research has concluded there is a safety disbenefit to two 90 mm x 520 cd DRLs on motorcycles in comparison to one 190 mm x 270 cd dipped (low) beam headlight. The latter result suggests that DRL luminous area may have an important influence on its effectiveness.
DRL power consumption varies widely depending on the implementation. Current production DRL systems consume from 5 watts (dedicated LED system) to over 200 W (headlamps and all parking, tail, and marker lights on). International regulators, primarily in Europe, are working to balance the potential safety benefit offered by DRL with the increased fuel consumption due to their use.

Because the power to run the DRLs must be produced by the engine, which in turn requires burning additional fuel, high-power DRL systems increase CO2 emissions sufficiently to affect a country’s compliance with the Kyoto protocol on greenhouse gas emissions. LEDs and low-power, high-efficacy, long-life light bulbs produce appropriate amounts of light for an effective DRL without significantly increasing fuel consumption or emissions. Fuel consumption reductions of up to 0.5 mpg may be found when comparing a 55 W DRL system to a 200 W DRL system.
Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108 requires DRLs on all new vehicles made or imported after January 1, 1990. Canada’s proposed DRL regulation was essentially similar to regulations in place in Scandinavia, with an axial luminous intensity limit of 1,500 cd, but automakers claimed it was too expensive to add a new front lighting device, and would increase warranty costs (by dint of increased bulb replacements) to run the low beams. After a pitched regulatory battle, the standard was rewritten to permit the use of reduced-voltage high beam headlamps producing up to 7,000 axial candela, as well as permitting any light color from white to amber or selective yellow. These changes to the regulation permitted automakers to implement a less costly DRL, such as by connecting the high beam filaments in series to supply each filament with half its rated voltage, or by burning the front turn signals full-time except when they are actually flashing as turn indicators.

Shortly after Canada mandated DRLs, General Motors, interested in reducing the build variations of cars for the North American market, petitioned the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1990 to permit (but not require) US vehicles to be equipped with DRLs like those in Canada. NHTSA objected on grounds of the potential for high-intensity DRLs to create problems with glare and turn signal masking, and issued a proposed rule in 1991 that specified a maximum intensity of 2,600 cd. Industry and safety watchdogs reacted to the proposed rule, and eventually the glare objections were set aside and most of the same types of DRLs allowed in Canada were permitted but not required effective with the 1995 model year. General Motors immediately equipped most (and, in following years, all) of its vehicles with DRLs beginning with the Chevrolet Corsica. Saab, Volkswagen, Volvo, Suzuki and Subaru gradually introduced DRLs in the U.S. market beginning in 1995. In recent years, Lexus has installed high-beam or turn signal based DRLs on US models. Some Toyota models come with DRLs as standard or optional equipment, and with a driver-controllable on/off switch. Starting in the 2006 model year, Honda began equipping their U.S. models with DRLs, mostly by reduced-intensity operation of the high beam headlamps.

Public reaction to DRLs, generally neutral to positive in Canada, is decidedly mixed in the U.S. Thousands of complaints regarding glare from DRLs were lodged with the DOT shortly after DRLs were permitted on cars, and there was also concern that headlamp-based DRLs reduce the conspicuity of motorcycles, and that DRLs based on front turn signals introduce ambiguity into the turn signal system. In 1997, in response to these complaints and after measuring actual DRL intensity well above the 7,000 cd limit on vehicles in use, DOT proposed changes to the DRL specification that would have capped axial intensity at 1,500 cd, a level equivalent to the European 1,200 cd and identical to the initially proposed Canadian limit. During the open comment period, a volume of public comments were received by NHTSA in support of lowering the intensity or advocating the complete elimination of DRLs from U.S. roads. Automaker sentiment generally ran along consistent lines, with European automakers experienced at complying with European DRL requirements voicing no objection to the proposal, and North American automakers vociferously repeating the same objections they raised in response to Canada’s initial 1,500-cd proposal. The NHTSA proposal for DRL intensity reduction was rescinded in 2004, pending agency review and decision on a petition filed in 2001 by General Motors, seeking to have NHTSA mandate DRLs on all U.S. vehicles. The GM petition was denied by NHTSA in 2009, on grounds of severe methodological and analytical flaws in the studies and data provided by GM as evidence for a safety benefit to DRLs.

Several states on the Eastern seaboard, the Southeast, and Gulf Coast (except Texas) have enforced vehicular laws since the early 1990s that require headlights to be switched on when windshield wipers are in use. This prompted the phasing in of DRLs in the affected states (from Maine to Florida including Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama).

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