Click to go to Forum Home Click to go to maXbimmer Home

Go Back   maXbimmer Forums > maXimum Tech > 3 Series > E36 (1991 - 1999)
User Name
Password


Welcome to Maxbimmer.com!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-17-2006, 06:31 PM   #1
Andy E34
Registered User
 
Andy E34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Bowmanville, Ontario
Posts: 185
Send a message via MSN to Andy E34
Driving light switch aka fog lights & angel eyes

Has anyone re-wired their system to allow turning on the driving lights without "switching on" exterior lights?
As my E36...just like my last E34...has lights on all of the time without turning them on by the dash switch, it would be nice to activate the driving lights at the touch of a single switch. (duh, had the problem of leaving my lights on when parked as I was not used to having to turn them off )
Also, when adding angel eyes, how are they switched...always on like the head lights? or will this be just another step in lighting management and remembering to switch off another circuit when leaving the car??
If this has been covered in other posts, I apologize in advance!
Andy E34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2006, 07:40 PM   #2
spooner_dee
Has no idea whats goin on
 
spooner_dee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 1,948
Send a message via AIM to spooner_dee
angels are usualy wired into the marker lights, (spliced into the corner lights) and go on when you turn on your marker or headlights. If you wanted to do the trouble, you could have them wired to go on by a lone switch.
__________________

As I was walking up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today, I wish I wish he'd go away.
spooner_dee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2006, 07:44 PM   #3
Andy E34
Registered User
 
Andy E34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Bowmanville, Ontario
Posts: 185
Send a message via MSN to Andy E34
Quote:
Originally Posted by spooner_dee
angels are usualy wired into the marker lights, (spliced into the corner lights) and go on when you turn on your marker or headlights. If you wanted to do the trouble, you could have them wired to go on by a lone switch.
Spooner, do all of your lights come on when you start your car like CDN Bimmers?...no switch involved (sept for the driving lights)...that means angel eyes on all the time 2
Andy E34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2006, 04:41 AM   #4
sloveniaboy
6th Gear Member
 
sloveniaboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Markham
Posts: 1,889
here is what I did back in '04 and had no problems since...

http://maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36709
__________________
sloveniaboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2006, 06:15 AM   #5
T-spec
6th Gear Member
 
T-spec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: mississauga
Posts: 1,339
What I did was this:

I hooked the angel eyes into an ignition source so that there always on with the ignition( why would you ever want them off, right?)

I took out the daytime/highbeam relay and hooked up a generic relay that deletes the daytime lights and only lets the highbeams on when switched on.
__________________
live fast, die quick, drive a bimmer
T-spec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2006, 06:21 AM   #6
Justin e36
---
 
Justin e36's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: etobicoke
Posts: 12,331
Send a message via ICQ to Justin e36 Send a message via AIM to Justin e36 Send a message via Yahoo to Justin e36
My car never had DRL's.. I'm not sure why, though I suspect it being from 1992 has something to do with it.

I created a new circuit for my angels.. (did not tap into an existing circuit), and added a relay so they turn on with my foglights.
Justin e36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2006, 10:24 AM   #7
spooner_dee
Has no idea whats goin on
 
spooner_dee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 1,948
Send a message via AIM to spooner_dee
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy E34
Spooner, do all of your lights come on when you start your car like CDN Bimmers?...no switch involved (sept for the driving lights)...that means angel eyes on all the time 2

Nope i start my car, no lights come on unless i turn the switch.

I know most every car ive seen with day time running lights, only the headlights ever came on, and they were on low wattage... Never seen one that had all the lights come on b4.
__________________

As I was walking up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today, I wish I wish he'd go away.
spooner_dee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2006, 12:50 PM   #8
Andy E34
Registered User
 
Andy E34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Bowmanville, Ontario
Posts: 185
Send a message via MSN to Andy E34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Justin e36
My car never had DRL's.. I'm not sure why, though I suspect it being from 1992 has something to do with it.

I created a new circuit for my angels.. (did not tap into an existing circuit), and added a relay so they turn on with my foglights.
Weird, my E34 was a '91 and all lights came on all of the time like my E36 does now...?
Think thats what I'll do. might run fogs with angel eyes for DRL's and kill the low beams....hmmm.

Quote:
I know most every car ive seen with day time running lights, only the headlights ever came on, and they were on low wattage... Never seen one that had all the lights come on b4.
Yep, BMW Canada took another approach and turns on head lights (full power), corners and tails....all of the time when you drive. at least on both Bimmers I have owned)
Wonder if I can mod in a dash mount daylight sensor from a NA car company and turn the low beams on automatically at dusk? Better than more switches (already have 2 on my dash that were installed my a previos owner and I have no clue what they are for)

Quote:
Sloveniaboy... here is what I did back in '04 and had no problems since...
thanks for the link...yep more switches...only if I must, I'll figure it out when my Depos come in from the group buy

Last edited by Andy E34; 03-18-2006 at 12:54 PM.
Andy E34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2006, 01:23 PM   #9
Soldo
6th Gear Member
 
Soldo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Toronto
Posts: 12,484
Justin, theres a good chance your E36 was a 91 model 92 E36..... and didn't the DRL come into play in 91?
__________________
Keven Soldo
Soldo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2006, 01:53 PM   #10
Justin e36
---
 
Justin e36's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: etobicoke
Posts: 12,331
Send a message via ICQ to Justin e36 Send a message via AIM to Justin e36 Send a message via Yahoo to Justin e36
Maybe the fact that my vehicle was originally a Quebec car has something to do with it then. It's not a 91 car... it was built 8/92.

edit:

Just remembered.. I do have DRL's installed, but I have the old style ones which are done during the recall in 94 at BMW. It was not a replacement relay or anything. For my car, Position 1 my low beams are on. Not like the relays which give 50% power to the high beam bulb.

So for my car it looks like this.

Position 1: Lowbeams on. Foglights and high-beams don't work. (never use this)
Position 2: Lowbeams OFF. Foglights work (which turn on angel eyes). Highbeams can be turned on.
Position 3: Everything on. Lowbeams, foglights, angel eyes, and I can turn on the headlights too.
Justin e36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2006, 02:05 PM   #11
Furious
BMW again.
 
Furious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Toronto
Posts: 6,088
my car had the DRL, my mechanic wired it up so i could use the switch for the lights..

angel eyes on all the time because they run off the corner signals.
position one only angel eyes on
position two angel eyes and fogs
position three angel eyes, fogs and HID (low beams)
Furious is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:15 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.