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Old 09-25-2014, 01:55 PM
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LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

Is there any kind of hack to keep the LED daytime running lights illuminated with the turn signal on? On the Audi forums, we call it "winking" and it's an easy fix to keep the LEDs on with the turn signals. Has anyone done it on the 2014/2015 Grand Cherokees yet?

BTW, I've been driving my Audi with the winking off for more than three years and nobody seems to have a problem seeing my turn signal flashing with the LED on. And in Europe, the whole thing isn't even an issue because they allow the LED DRLs to remain on with the turn signal.

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Re: LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

Glad you asked the question - I didn't know the Jeeps do this. First time I saw an Audi do it I thought it was broken. Sure looks weird.
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Old 09-25-2014, 02:18 PM
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Re: LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

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Glad you asked the question - I didn't know the Jeeps do this. First time I saw an Audi do it I thought it was broken. Sure looks weird.

Same here. First time I saw it on an Audi I also thought it was broken. But if you look around, almost all cars with LED DRLs turn them off on the side with the directional signal flashing. So it's getting more and more common, but I still don't like it.

If the feature can be easily defeated similar to my Audi, I'd do it in a heartbeat.
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Re: LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

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Glad you asked the question - I didn't know the Jeeps do this. First time I saw an Audi do it I thought it was broken. Sure looks weird.
Wonder if there's some obscure NHTSA standard indicating that DRLs that can result in oncoming folks texting their drug orders missing the turn signal.

What would be even kewler in my opinion would be a mod that blinks the DRL in time with the turn signal...
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Re: LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

It is a safety feature on why all vehicles shut them off. Now does it make sense that at night everything stays on and the blinker is on, not really.

^^^ I agree with Istowell on the blinking daytime running light blinking as well.
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Re: LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

I remember someone posting this was a standard safety feature they had to have in place. I think you can put the lights in park mode and the LED will stay on with the signal on.
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Re: LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

Somebody posted the regulation a while back. If the DRL is within a certain distance of the directional the DRL has to shut off or dim. I think the spec indicated the required difference in brightness.

I guess at night anything flashing is more visible.

It makes no difference to me. I can't see it when I'm driving, and don't gara what anyone else thinks about my Jeep.


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Re: LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

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But if you look around, almost all cars with LED DRLs turn them off on the side with the directional signal flashing.
My 2013 Lincoln MKZ does the same.
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Re: LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

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Somebody posted the regulation a while back. If the DRL is within a certain distance of the directional the DRL has to shut off or dim. I think the spec indicated the required difference in brightness.

I guess at night anything flashing is more visible.

It makes no difference to me. I can't see it when I'm driving, and don't gara what anyone else thinks about my Jeep.


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Re: LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

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What would be even kewler in my opinion would be a mod that blinks the DRL in time with the turn signal...
That's exactly what some of the newest Audi and Mercedes vehicles do. Looks pretty cool to me too....
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It is a safety feature on why all vehicles shut them off. Now does it make sense that at night everything stays on and the blinker is on, not really.

^^^ I agree with Istowell on the blinking daytime running light blinking as well.
I believe the reason is because at night, with the headlights on, the LEDs are at a reduced brightness, making the turn signal more visible.

Still though, the LED DRLs on my Audi are FAR brighter than the ones on the Grand Cherokee, yet the turn signal on my Audi are not as bright as the Grand Cherokee. And nobody has a problem seeing my Audi's turn signals with the LEDs at full brightness (with the winking turned off.)
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Re: LED DRLs - can we stop the "winking"

The first time I saw this on someone else's 2014 Jeep driving around I thought: What a bummer for that guy, he has a brand new vehicle and his headlight is broken already.

They don't even need to stay on at full brightness. It would be nice if they just dimmed when the blinker is engaged like it does when you put it in Park mode, instead of turning all the way off.

I would even like it better to have both DRL's turn off when the blinker is engaged instead of just one. Turning just one DRL off completely makes it look like you got a headlight out. I know now that this is common for new vehicles but the average person does not.

I would love to find a fix to this as well.
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