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Old 11-23-2009, 08:49 PM   #1
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Angel Eyes wired into DRL?

OK, I did a search for this already with marginal results....

I already ordered the LED angel eyes from Umnitza and would like to wire these into the DRL's instead of the Accy. circuit. It has been said the steps for this are on the install resources page, but I can't find it anywhere. Am I missing something? Did anyone else do this, and can you please point me in the right direction? Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:30 PM   #2
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This guide should help:

http://www.fastm.com/m3/angeleyes.html
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:14 PM   #3
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help!!!!!!!!!! angel eyes yes or no for my e46!!?? need help deciding?
on a black 328ci. check out my profile for pix
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:49 PM   #4
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Thats the link I've been sent to, but it says nothing about the DRL circuit... is it just me? That seems to be the same link I see on the board in searches but I don't see anything about DRL's on it.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:50 PM   #5
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help!!!!!!!!!! angel eyes yes or no for my e46!!?? need help deciding?
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Yeah, since that has EVERYTHING to do with my wiring question
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you splice into the DRL wire in the ecu I believe. The fastm guide shows this, and it also shows how to splic into accy ligthing so the AE's light up when you unlock the car.
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What are you trying to accomplish? You just don't want to mess with the ECU? Because if you have DRL's and angel eyes BOTH on, it will look terrible, but if you have DRL disabled, so JUST the angel eyes are on, then there is no wire to tap into for DRL signal. That's why they use the ACC circuit. Then you can also tap into the interior light's for remote on feature. No need to take apart A pillars and running wires with coat hangers, you can just run it along the edges and tuck.
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What are you trying to accomplish? You just don't want to mess with the ECU? Because if you have DRL's and angel eyes BOTH on, it will look terrible, but if you have DRL disabled, so JUST the angel eyes are on, then there is no wire to tap into for DRL signal. That's why they use the ACC circuit. Then you can also tap into the interior light's for remote on feature. No need to take apart A pillars and running wires with coat hangers, you can just run it along the edges and tuck.
I'm going with the new gold AE's most likely so the appearance of them with DRL's should be fine.
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you splice into the DRL wire in the ecu I believe. The fastm guide shows this, and it also shows how to splic into accy ligthing so the AE's light up when you unlock the car.
If I'm not mistaken the fastm site just mentions the accy wire in the ecu. Unless I'm missing something.
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If I'm not mistaken the fastm site just mentions the accy wire in the ecu. Unless I'm missing something.
Just tap into the ECU and the interior lights like everyone else. That way, they'll be on while the engine is running, as well as fade on and off when you lock and unlock the car.
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Side question here but related.

I've tapped into the interior lights on my halos. Standard halogen halos in my P46 assemblies from DDM.

If I have a door open for a couple minutes, the interior lights and halos work fine, but then after a few minutes they all start blinking. I don't understand it. Any thoughts??? Why would they work fine the first 1 or 2 min, then randomly start blinking?

I've tapped the 12v+ wire from the front right kick light, ran this lead direct to my 12v feed wire for the halos.
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don't your DRL's turn off when you have the regular low beams on?
wouldn't that mean it would cut the power to the angel eye's too?
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don't your DRL's turn off when you have the regular low beams on?
wouldn't that mean it would cut the power to the angel eye's too?

I'm not sure, as you bring up a good point and I hope that someone here knows more about this.

Basically, i want these on when the car is running and off when it's off - basically, on with the DRL's, parking lights, and headlights. I don't want them to linger still on after I shut the car off or fade in and out or any of that - its not my style in the least.
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Ok so wire them to the ECU and leave the remote wire unhooked. The accessory wire may leave them powered for a few minutes if you drive the car hard or for a while but this will accomplish what you need.
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I'm not sure, as you bring up a good point and I hope that someone here knows more about this.

Basically, i want these on when the car is running and off when it's off - basically, on with the DRL's, parking lights, and headlights. I don't want them to linger still on after I shut the car off or fade in and out or any of that - its not my style in the least.
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Ok so wire them to the ECU and leave the remote wire unhooked. The accessory wire may leave them powered for a few minutes if you drive the car hard or for a while but this will accomplish what you need.
That's what I don't want. I don't want the AE's on at all once I pull the key out. Has anyone on this board wired it in the way I have described?
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90% of the time they will shut off when you take the key out, it's when the accessory circuit runs after the car is shut off that they run which is after long drives.
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90% of the time they will shut off when you take the key out, it's when the accessory circuit runs after the car is shut off that they run which is after long drives.
I know, my Sirius is linked to the CD changer which appears to operate on that circuit as well. Sometimes it stays on for 10+ seconds and it annoys the hell out of me. I just don't want it to become an issue with these things staying on and looking ridiculous. You know what I'm saying?
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the way my guide shows it [link in sig, it references fastm's guide]... you tap into an ecu wire that essentially tells the angel eyes whether the car is on or not. So it is an all or nothing proposition.

My setup has the angel eyes on whenever the car is on. I did not choose to use the second tap on the interior footwell light so that it fades when you lock/unlock.

With AE's, you want DRL's Disabled... so that there is no ugly light on while your AE's are on. So with the DRL's disabled, the only way to inform your AE's when to turn on is to tap into the ecu wire. It's all explained in the guide.

Just know that the AE's turn off a few seconds after the car is shut down, it isn't immediate. I believe this is because there is some power still running through the circuits/wires and it's waiting until all activity has stopped.
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the way my guide shows it [link
With AE's, you want DRL's Disabled... so that there is no ugly light on while your AE's are on. So with the DRL's disabled, the only way to inform your AE's when to turn on is to tap into the ecu wire. It's all explained in the guide.
I'm not going with the 6000k LEDs, so I am going to want the DRL's on as the ones I am sourcing will look very close to the OEM ones.

My concern with the Acc circuit is that since it stays on momentarily after the car is off, it might be a little undesirable with them still on as I walk away from the car. I hope I don't sound to anal over this, but I am very particular with my car and what I want to do with it.
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