Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Updated October 17, 2007
For you truck to be legal in Canada you need to install daytime running lights. Those are the weak headlights that you see on all the time. Probably the least you will need is daytime running lights installed on your truck.
When researching this I had these questions:
- Are the drl's just your headlights on during the day? Yes just Headlights this is true
- Are they switched or do they come on with the ignition? Come on with the ignition and stay on a few seconds after it's turned off.
- Are the lights dimmer then normal? This depends on the install kit some only let the light work at a certain illumination to save life of the bulb
- Some mention was made that they interconnect with the brake. Why? Some factory installed DRL's are wired into the emergency brake so that if the brake is on the lights stay off.
- How do they interact with the high beams? Some DRL installations use the high beams at partial power.
- Do they light up any other lights on the truck? There are kits that will control other lights on the vehicle. This is mostly used for commercial trucks.
- How does the DRL know if the engine is running? Some units have a wire that wraps around a plug wire and senses the voltage.
You have 2 options. You can try to get all the AMG factory parts or get a Hamsar DRL kit and wire it in.
I went to the Hamsar website and couldn't find the model 70987. I did find a model 45020, 45030, 45035 or a 45040. Surprisingly when I clicked on the photo of the 4 above units I got a picture that shows it as 70987.
Hamsar makes many DRL modules with different features.
- 45020 - For 2 - 4 Headlamp systems and fog lamp kits
- 45040 - For 2 - 4 Headlamp Systems
- 45030 - For 2 - 4 Headlamp Systems / includes short circuit, high voltage and temperature protection
- 45035 - For 2 Headlamp Systems / includes short circuit, high voltage and temperature protection
- 45065 - Low beam reduced 24% - For 2 - 4 Headlamp Systems / includes short circuit, high voltage and temperature protection
- 45070 Automatic Low beam reduced 24%
- Functions as a DRL during the day
- Photo Sensor Automatically Turns Headlamps to Full Power at Dusk
- Includes short circuit, high voltage and temperature protection
- Includes a time delay switch
- 45060 - High Beam Reduced 60% for 2 headlight systems
If you want more insight into how to install advanced features read through these installs.
Installing the AMG D.R.L. Parts:
This is what AM General added to a 1998 HUMMER H1 to meet the Canadian requirements for Daytime Running Lights (DRL):
AMG Part - 6010839 - Jumper DRL Battery Power
AMG Part - 6002626 - Harness Asm-Daytime Run
AMG Part - 6010837 - Jumper Asm. GCC/DRL Ign
AMG Part - 6010841 - Jumper Asm. DRL Brk Fl
AMG Part - 5745365 - Module,Daytime Running
Install Note for the AMG DRL Parts:
Wire Color Description:
- tan - low beam
- orange - high beam
- blue - brake
- white - ignition
- yellow - battery
- black - ground
Yellow wire - connect to a battery terminal on the fuse box, use a 10amp fuse
White wire - connect to an ignition terminal on the fuse box, use a 10amp fuse
Black wire - connect to a ground screw
The orange and tan wires connect to wires close to the dimmer switch. Use T taps. The orange connects to an orange wire and the tan connects to a tan wire.
The blue wire connects to a brown wire at the brake warning lamp on the dash. This shuts off the lights when the service brake is engaged. You will need to pull the dash apart for this. It is not needed for the Canadian Inspection.
The brake diode connects inline with the fluid level cable at the brake master cylinder.
Installing the Hamsar Kit in the Hummer
I used a Hamsar 45040 DRL module (Kit # 70987)
The installation is a tad different from what is listed in the instructions.
The module has six wires:
- Red - Battery
- Yellow - Parking
- White - Low Beams
- Orange - High Beams
- Green - Spark Sensor
- Black - Ground
Here's how I installed the DRL module,
- First cut off the Yellow and Orange wires. The Orange is the high-beam sensor and isn't used, the yellow is for the parking lights. You could wire it, but it isn't necessary. (Use the Red+Yellow wire in the parking light harness)
- Find a good place to install the module, I crammed mine in behind the battery.
- Run the white lead around the outside of the battery and to the driver's side head lamp.
- Connect the white wire to the red wire of the headlamp harness. Do not confuse with the red+green wire. You can use the included splice clips, or do it properly and solder.
- Run the green wire directly to one of the driver's side sparkplugs, and wrap it around one of the sparkplug wires. You should do at least 4-5 winds, I went overboard and used the remaining length of the wire. Make sure to secure it with zip ties. This will only work with a 95 or 96 gas truck. Diesel's don't have spark plugs.
- Run the black wire to a ground on the chassis. I used one of the screws from the washer reservoir, making sure it had a good connection.
- Finally connect the red wire to the battery's positive post.
Don't be surprised if the headlamps come on while the car is off for the first time. Start the car, make sure the lamps are on. Turn the car off and make sure the lights turn off. Repeat.