Since I'm NOT a mini-van fan at all I had to find ways to spice up this fat-assed beast. It needed to have a meaner look, to. Well, rims and lowering always helps but that is more money than I want to spend on my wife's daily-driver right now. So I needed to give it a mean frontal look and when I saw VWroutanvanman's Audi-style LED array I knew I had to do the same!
Of course, I gave it my own twist -- I put my LED array on the top of the headlight using a dual-element array. This means it has white AND amber LEDs! After searching I found these in 60cm length from the ebay seller CreativeEos:
I'll post how I installed them but for now here's what they look like:
How they look at night: http://youtu.be/uAUECRUXoQo
Day time, particularly from the rear side: http://youtu.be/Sr75SJdNsJQ
This shows why I haven't connected the DRL LEDs: http://youtu.be/00wxGYhHd0k
Right now the turn signal LEDs work all the time, which is good, so even if a bulb burns out the LEDs still fire I want the DRL LEDs on all the time as well, like VWroutanvanman's, and I'll likely use his method as well for powering them.
This is where I need some electrical help. I need to disable the DRL LEDs when the turn signal operates. I'm thinking a relay on the turn signal would trigger the DRL contacts to open when activated. Thus, the DRL LEDs and the amber LEDs would alternate, giving a dual flash. A sort of "wink" feature for the LEDs.
Can I use a standard automotive relay? I figure putting the coil on the ground side of the turn signal LED which would be terminals 85 & 86, power to terminal 87 and DRL LED connected to terminal 87a. When the turn signal fires the electricity goes through the relay coil, which pulls the relay arm and opens the circuit. Since the coil is just a winding of wire, to me, it shouldn't cause any additional current draw, right? I'm fuzzy about this part.