I always wanted to install the Day Time Running Lamps (DRL) on my Pajero Sport (Link to Ownership
) but resisted the urge as I didn’t want to add the additional LED DRL strips. They would have made the front look like an LED overload as I already had the LED Light Bar.
Finally, the search led me to the Switchback DRL. They are basically DRL and Turn Signal housed in one unit having 10 White LEDs for DRL and 10 Amber LEDs for Turn Signal. This product is applicable only for vehicles with clear type indicator as with the amber lens, the DRL effect would confuse other road users for continuously ON turn signals. It was the simplest method which enabled me to have both the DRL and the Turn Signal in the headlight itself. The product is from a Chinese brand Lightpoint.
Ordered the White (DRL) with Amber (Turn Signal) combination from the available colour combination options (Link
). Important point is to ensure the correct socket type of the existing turn indicator bulb or it’s holder. Once the product was received, the installation was pretty straight forward. Only problem was in finding and tapping the right wire after ignition to power the DRL.
The Contents Initial Impressions:
The DRL function is quite good and the white light is pretty bright. The light is accentuated by the fact that the optics meant for the original bulb are also being put to use. The way it automatically switches from White to flashing Amber once the turn-indicator is used or vice-versa is pretty seamless. It automatically switches off the DRL function altogether once the turn-indicator is flashing so that there is no White - Amber switching when using the turn-indicator. The load resistors provided in the circuit of the turn-indicator prevent hyper flash associated with LED bulbs when used for turn indicator and the flash is synchronised with the rest of the bulbs. Positives:
+ The DRL integration is seamless and feels most original.
+ The quality of the product is good.
+ The bulb itself has aluminium casing to keep the LEDs cool.
+ The light, being LED, is brighter than the original bulb.
+ The Dust seal on the LED bulb seems to be holding nicely for now. Negatives:
- Long term reliability might be a question.
- Thermal conductive double sided tape could have been provided for mounting the Load Resistors.
Close-up of bulb in DRL mode
Close-up of bulb in Turn Signal mode
Close-up of front with one side as DRL and other as turn-signal
View from 90 Feet with DRL ON
Night view close-up of front with DRL ON
Night view with one side as turn-signal and other as DRL
Night view close-up of head light in DRL mode
Night view close-up of head light in turn signal mode
Overall, I am happy with the results of the product. It’s now even more value for money as the price has dropped by approx. USD 10.00 as 6 months back, I bought this item for approx. USD 38.21