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As I was installing my new DRLs last night I wanted to get a pic of them, but I couldn't. The xenons were on even if the switch was at 9:00 or 12:00. I know in my '98 there is a small screw that you can adjust to change the sensitivity of the daylight sensor. I don't see such a screw on my '06.<p>So, what I want to know is if there's a way I can keep the DRL on say when I drive into a garage during the day (if I had the switch in the 9:00 position). Seems strange that the xenons always kick on when it gets dark. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> I've got the nice silverstar DRLs and I'd like to use them sometimes. <p>Another thing I noticed in the manual is that it doesn't mention that the DRL (not low beam) bulb is a 9006XS. The picture is even wrong. The manual seems to be written for non-xenons although it does mention xenons, the bulb replacements aren't listed correctly for the DRL.
 

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Re: DRLs on at night...overriding xenons and daylight sensor. (soledoc)

They don't do you any good for you to see.<br>As bright as they look, the light pattern is very diffused by the lens cover. <br>Not for your vision, they were designed for people to see YOU
 

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Re: DRLs on at night...overriding xenons and daylight sensor. (soledoc)

I don't know of any way to adjust the sensitivity of the ambient light sensor. I also don't know of any way to force the DRL's on in the dark.
 

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Re: DRLs on at night...overriding xenons and daylight sensor. (JRL)

Ah...good point. Could you change the lens cover? I think R Kelly did. But that's probably too much work and $$ to be worth it. The reason I even thought about this was that I wanted to get a good pic of the old DRL bulb vs. the new DRL bulb. Didn't R Kelly do that in his "adventures in lighting" post? I wonder how he did that.
 

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Re: DRLs on at night...overriding xenons and daylight sensor. (soledoc)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>soledoc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Ah...good point. Could you change the lens cover? I think R Kelly did. But that's probably too much work and $$ to be worth it. The reason I even thought about this was that I wanted to get a good pic of the old DRL bulb vs. the new DRL bulb. Didn't R Kelly do that in his "adventures in lighting" post? I wonder how he did that.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I don't think he did. J Lill took a lens apart 3 years ago for this purpose, no decent lens was to be found in the US.<br>I thought Kelly installed Euro Lights
 

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Re: DRLs on at night...overriding xenons and daylight sensor. (R Salesman)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>R Salesman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> I also don't know of any way to force the DRL's on in the dark. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>This ain't no elegant solution but you can put a bright light on top of the sensor to fool it into thinking it's daytime. (the sensor is in with the red alarm LED on top of the dash).<p>If you really wanted to you could probably install a bright white LED in that little pod and put it on a switch. Again, it's not elegant but it's one way to do it.<p>LTA<br>
 

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Re: DRLs on at night...overriding xenons and daylight sensor. (soledoc)

Kelly had euro lights (real high beams in place of the DRL's). <p>Wouldn't bother trying to force the DRL's on. The light sensor keeps the headlights off for quite a while anyway. Plus, as JRL said, they're useless to see by
 

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Re: DRLs on at night...overriding xenons and daylight sensor. (needsdecaf)

OK, but one question. Why does my '98 have that little screw by the light switch and the '06 doesn't? I know the '98 didn't have dedicated DRLs and of course no xenons....but what does that screw do. Somebody told me it was to change the daylight sensor and in effect turn off your low beams...which in that car also function as daytime running lights.
 

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Re: DRLs on at night...overriding xenons and daylight sensor. (soledoc)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>soledoc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">but what does that screw do. Somebody told me it was to change the daylight sensor and in effect turn off your low beams...which in that car also function as daytime running lights.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>HUH?<br>You've got to be kidding<br>The screw is a MANUAL adjustment to have the DRL'S on or off. 1/8th, approx. 10:30m turn (you have to <B>push </B>and turn the little screw) and you have NO DRL'S and no wasted all lights being on all the time. You don't know that?<br>Remember Volvo has ALL the lights on when the DRL's are on, essentially an auto switch for your lights except no manual high beams <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><B>Turn it off and save your bulbs.</B> If you want the lights on during the daytime turn them on yourself, (leave the switch at 12:00) all the same or leave the switch at 9:00 and have no lights on which, to me, is the normal thing to do.<br>If you (the driver) can't determine on your own when to turn your lights on, you (general statement here), shouldn't be driving anyway
 

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Re: DRLs on at night...overriding xenons and daylight sensor. (JRL)

Nope....didn't know that. Geee I must be a complete idiot for driving and not knowing what that screw was. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> Just assumed DRLs were only able to be turned off at the dealer because that's what I always read about in the R forum...but obviously the older models are different in that respect.<p>So why did volvo decide to make if tough to turn off the DRLs from 2001 on for the V70/S60s yet it is simple on the 2000s and prior year models?
 

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Re: DRLs on at night...overriding xenons and daylight sensor. (soledoc)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>soledoc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>So why did volvo decide to make if tough to turn off the DRLs from 2001 on for the V70/S60s yet it is simple on the 2000s and prior year models? </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Ask Volvo <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> It's nice on the older cars, one second, no DRL's.<br>Remember, 1/8th of a turn (to about 10:30 on the dial) and you have to PUSH it in to turn it
 
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