Why some people hate daytime running lights.

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by stchman, May 13, 2013.

  1. koolbia

    koolbia New Member

    I don't like them either but not because of gas or bulb life. If I cared about pennies I wouldn't have lifted my truck. I don't know why I don't like them...I just don't...but there is a solution...turn them off. Wow. Problem solved. Without pulling a fuse or taking the bulbs out you can just turn your lights knob over to off and the DRLs go out until the next time you shift out of park. I do this sometimes. Sometimes I leave them running. I don't usually think about it until I see another Silverado without their DRL's on or if I pull up to a window front or up to another car and see the DRL's reflection. Then I turn them off. It's a vanity thing for me. I think my truck is sexier without them on. Shame on me maybe but to each their own.
  2. stchman

    stchman Active Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    I don't know what to think of this, but it's your truck.
  3. troutbug

    troutbug Rockstar 100 Posts

    This is one of the most ridiculous threads I've ever read through. People whining about DRLs....get a life! I say, the more lights the merrier. Lights are not just for seeing, but to be seen. I want to be seen by other drivers when I'm on the road. Buckmeister and ConlanRose both make very good points. I've had close calls before with idiots driving around in the rain, fog, or at dusk/dawn with no lights on. DRLs should take care of this problem, except for the fact that you can disable them. Go figure. As far as my truck being sexy.....I don't know how to answer that either.:neutral:
  4. steved

    steved Former Member

    DRLs are for the people that don't know how to use a headlight switch...so they are safer, for those people. Pre-06, you may be able to have the dealer turn them on/off depending on your tastes...I could have had both my 99 and 2004.5 Dodges turned on, but never did.

    As for the automatic light turny onny thing...does anyone know if the lights will turn on if the wipers are triggered?? Seems like that would be a logical programming thing to include...
  5. stchman

    stchman Active Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    DRLs are not for people that don't know how to operate a headlight switch. Remember, when DRLs are in use, the vehicle runs lower voltage to the low beams with what looks to be ~1/2 light output of regular low beams. This lower light output is almost unusable at night, so one would need to turn the headlights to full on.

    As far as automatic headlamps, since the Silverado even in LS form is still a lot of money, having a few creature comforts is nice. For the LTZ trim level, since one is paying a premium price, one would expect lots of premium features.
  6. GuyGene

    GuyGene Member

    I'm for 'em! Anything to help safety.
  7. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    As a FYI, my 04 Sierra has completely separate connections and lamps for DRL's ... and does NOT run lower voltage to the headlights when the DRL's are in use.
  8. stchman

    stchman Active Member 2 Years 1000 Posts

    The NBS trucks 99-07 had a separate bulb for the DRLs IIRC. After that GM moved back to lower voltage to the low beam.
  9. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I can't speak for the Silvy's, but for the Sierra's it's a completely separate corner light housing that has a turn signal bulb at the corners and a DRL bulb on the grille side. I replaced mine with housing that has LEDS.
  10. Cowpie

    Cowpie Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    My preference comes from a trucking perspective. I don't like them. Primarily, because of being able to properly flash an "OK" signal to a passing semi that it is safe to change lane back to the right in front of me. To "properly" do this in trucking etiquette is to shut the headlights OFF then back ON (nighttime) or On the back Off (daytime). Sometimes the truck driver cannot effectively distinguish between regular headlights and daytime running lights when looking in the mirror. Also, I live rural and do frequent driving thru fields, and do not want to "spook" livestock or other critters. In a low light situation, I may want all lights totally off for that purpose. Now, I realize that in designing off road 4x4 vehicles, that no one in Detroit actually had in mind that anyone would actually take them off road, but some of us actually do.

    And basically, it is principle. I am really becoming frustrated at how everyone from corporate to government has to hold my hand in just about everything I do in life. The ADRL is just another example of this nanny mentality.

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