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    DRL Replacement

    Hi All,

    I just picked up my ILX. So far i love the car and its great!.

    The only thing i dont like is the light setup. Im not that great with cars, so please excuse my non-mechanic language.

    Attached is 3 pics, 1 of the whole car, 1 of the DRL(i believe thats what its called), and 1 of a bulb that i tried to replace.

    So basically, all i want is to replace the DRL with a white light(similar to HID's). I dont want HID's because they are just the running light, and i basically want to replace the bulb alone. Can this bedone ?

    I have tried all 3 of these bulbs from Canadian Tire and i get the same result of the light being yellow, but the 9005 type. Apparently the employees there dont know what i am talking about.
    Sylvania Xtravision Halogen Headlight Bulb, 2-pk. | Canadian Tire
    Sylvania Silverstar Halogen Headlight Bulb, 2-pk. | Canadian Tire
    Sylvania ZXE Twin Halogen Headlight Bulbs | Canadian Tire
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    Those 3 bulbs wont necessarily get you the white light that your looking for. They'll look white at first but if you shine the light against a wall at night itll look yellow with hints of white. Right now the led bulbs available for aftermarket use arent to bright but it'll do the job. You'll have to get a 9005 led bulb but you wont have useful highbeams. I changed mine to hid's and they're bright as hell but there's so much wiring that goes with it that it kinda makes you not want to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash29 View Post
    Hi All,

    I just picked up my ILX. So far i love the car and its great!.

    The only thing i dont like is the light setup. Im not that great with cars, so please excuse my non-mechanic language.
    I would suggest before ASKING a question, researching for an answer. Not knowing proper termonology can yes put you in a pickle. Probably explains why that shop has sold three sets of bulbs and missed every time.
    On this site there are 3 threads I found that could possible answer your question.
    http://www.ilxforums.com/forum/11-ac...rl-lights.html
    http://www.ilxforums.com/forum/11-ac...ight-show.html
    ^Lighting and DRL specific.

    http://www.ilxforums.com/forum/11-ac...me-lights.html
    LED DRL^

    Google would probably also render a quicker response.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vash29 View Post
    So basically, all i want is to replace the DRL with a white light(similar to HID's). I dont want HID's because they are just the running light, and i basically want to replace the bulb alone. Can this bedone ?
    To get you on the right track so you know exactly what you're talking about...
    First, HIDs dont make a light white. HID is High Intensity Discharge. Pretty much just means OMG BRIGHTZOR!! They come in different temperature that changes the color output. Quickly put, 3700 is just yellow. 4300 is getting whiter. 5000 white and some people can notice blue corners. 6000k starting to turn blue and further goes purple. The hotter it gets the whiter, then to blue and then purple.

    You would be correct in not needing the HIDs.

    As posted below, you can do LEDs but it will take away the use of your high beams. I high advise against that.
    Look for Nokya Artic white halogens. I have no tried them myself yet but that would be my best bet (and what I was advised to get) for white DRLs to maintain high beam use.
    LEDs will be far more crisp. But itd say replace your license plate lights and reverse lights with LEDs, DRLs with artic white halogens, and your fogs with the same halogens because I dont condone HIDs where HIDs dont belong unless done right with a projector... which will set you back a couple hundred bucks.



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    I am looking to do the same with my ILX (replace my DRL with white). With the Nokya Artic is it going to stick out like a sore thumb or does the white closely resemble the headlights?

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    My friend actually put in the nokya bulbs but they are the yellow bulbs. He was going for a different look. when the drl is on its a light yellow tint.

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    As I stated Ive not used them myself. However both lights arent ever on at the same time so would you even notice?

    Acura-dude
    Yeah the yellow gives the jdm city light look. Supposed to be more amber but I think the yellow looks better.
    I did my fogs yellow mimicking what lexus does with their fogs.




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    Hi,

    I picked up the Nokya Artic white lights yesterday and installed it. For me i think it just looks like a "not so bright version of the one that came with car". I have attached some pics after the installation (the pics kind of sell off the wrong vibe because i just took them this morning, last night they were a very light yellow colour.

    If you are looking to get rid of the yellow colour in general, do not buy the Nokya Artic White lights.

    I spoke to the guy at the shop and he told me this before purchasing, however they werent priced to bad, 25$.

    The guy at the shop said this is the most non-yellow you can as far as bulb replacement, and the next step will be LED's which requires some sort of resistor or relay(not sure). I asked about the issue where the High Beams wont work anymore after the installation of LED's and he said no they will work. Going to have a look today at them, he told me he will take back these and install the LED's for 65$. You guys think thats a good price ?Before.jpgIMG_20130820_192309_290.jpgAfter.jpgIMG_20130822_073505_913.jpg

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    The high beams do work but they're nowhere near as bright as halogen high beams. Light will show but your low beams will be much brighter then your high beams

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    And you can go online and find cheaper led bulbs from ddm tuning or even google led drl and see what comes up. I got a pair of leds for about 25 and put them in myself. Just remember that your looking for 9005 hb3 bulbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash29 View Post
    I picked up the Nokya Artic white lights yesterday and installed it. For me i think it just looks like a "not so bright version of the one that came with car". I have attached some pics after the installation (the pics kind of sell off the wrong vibe because i just took them this morning, last night they were a very light yellow colour.
    If you are looking to get rid of the yellow colour in general, do not buy the Nokya Artic White lights.
    When you say as the ones that came on the car do you mean the DRL or the low beam? Because I agree they dont look as bright (stock drl vs arctic white) they do look MUCH more white in my opinion.

    From this

    To this I see a TON of color difference. It's white now...? Isnt that what you wanted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vash29 View Post
    Hi,I spoke to the guy at the shop and he told me this before purchasing, however they werent priced to bad, 25$.
    The guy at the shop said this is the most non-yellow you can as far as bulb replacement, and the next step will be LED's which requires some sort of resistor or relay(not sure). I asked about the issue where the High Beams wont work anymore after the installation of LED's and he said no they will work. Going to have a look today at them, he told me he will take back these and install the LED's for 65$. You guys think thats a good price ?]

    I do agree that this is probably the most white you can do without going HID or LED. However some LEDs are simply plug and play. Not all have resisters. HIDs will have a ballast to worry about.
    The guy at the shop should not be giving you vehicle specific advise if he clearly doesnt own the vehicle or have prior knowledge. Look at any of the 3 links I posted and people will talk about the high beams not working with LEDs. Yes the bulb turns on when you activate the high beams, but your low beams, as stated, will be bright than the LED output making your high beams useless. Imagine getting into an accident and the insurance company puts blame on your because your high beams arent functional and should have been active?

    No mechanic should suggest a mod that limits the functionality of a part all vehicles legally must have. I'm all for illegal mods that work great. But losing your high beams just for a bright white drl? Sounds ricer status to me.

    Lastly, the "deal" the shop gave you would not be a deal at all unless the LEDs are worth at least $60 bucks.
    Chances are the LEDs are like 40-50 and hes charging on top for labor. They cant take used bulbs back. Just cant. He'll use them for himself if anything. As stated, you can fine perfectly fine LEDs on google ebay and amazon for 25$... even cheaper but quality will suffer. Id suggest finding a friend to install them if youd wish not to. Buy a 6 pack and give your buddy 2 and call it a day. Should take like 10minutes to install and you can probably even find youtube do it yourself videos if you need.




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