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Hi guys, anyone managed to turn off the day running led while idling? It stays on as long as the engine is on but sometimes I just need the air-con on while parked but I don't want to be noticed with the LEDs and the rear brake lights on.

Is there a way to disable it?

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Short of pulling the main fuse in the engine bay I doubt there is a way. There are no options in the Settings of either the dash or the head unit that allow this. From an Aussie stand point, and probably North America as well, DRL's are required to be on whenever the vehicle is running. It has become a standard safety issue like the high level stop light. I can not find anything relating to this function in the workshop or technical manuals.
 

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Start the car with the E break on DLR will stay off until brake is released
Not in Australia. The DRL's illuminate at all times the ignition is one and/or the engine is running. Applying the parking brake has no affect here. May be the same in @lycan part of the world. In Oz we are not required to have rear tail lights illuminated when running only the front DRL's so this is a difference for them as well...
 

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Not unusual for us to have different lighting setups. We do not have the tailgate red running lamps on our versions of the EC as our vehicle design rules forbid the high level stop light to be mounted in or with any other light cluster.
 

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Not unusual for us to have different lighting setups. We do not have the tailgate red running lamps on our versions of the EC as our vehicle design rules forbid the high level stop light to be mounted in or with any other light cluster.
Do you guys have the annoying blinking brake lights? The "pulse" lights? Those have started becoming a thing here and they absolutely enrage me. I'm pretty calm human honestly but being behind someone who has blinking brake lights makes me lose my mind. I literally have to get around them or take a different route because watching them flash every time they press the brake drives me mad. I don't understand why it's allowed or invented!
 

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I don't understand why it's allowed or invented!
In a word ... cell phones. Okay, that's two words, but in today's world of distracted drivers, the cyclops brake light just isn't enough to let the driver behind you know you're stopping.
 

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I recall back in the late 80's, early 90's Nissan had a test car they were driving around Sydney which had all the normal rear lights (no high level stop lamps were mandatory back then unlike now) but it also had a light array on the boot (trunk) lid which housed several different coloured lights (green, amber, red etc.). These lamps would light in sequence depending on the drivers driving actions. When accelerating the green light would illuminate, coasting and the amber light would come on. And the obvious red lamp when the driver was braking. I followed the car for some time in city driving and, whilst the idea might sound like a good thing, I became distracted by the ever changing light arrangement so much that I tended not to be aware of other things around me spacialy. The only thing that is still around is the stop lamp which is now, as @Lunatic59 notes, becoming redundant as people are so distracted with mobile devices they are not even watching the road ahead.

I have always found it strange that cars built in the USA can have red brake lights and the turn signals are the same red light that just blinks. Even Japanese manufacturers, like Honda, who build in the USA have adopted this characteristic. Always seems confusing to me where the rest of the world has adopted the standard amber turn signal to differentiate it from the brake light. This design may be less used now but I haven't been in the US since late 2018.

Flashing brake lights remind me of the old nodding dog you would place in the rear parcel shelf and they had red eyes that lit up and even blinked when you applied the brakes. If someone can't see the high level stop light then blinking brake lights aren't of any use either. CarPlay in the EC goes some way towards reducing mobile device interactions. I've gone a little further by running one of the centre console USB ports into the centre console box where my phone now lives whilst driving so there is absolutely no temptation to play with it. Especially since our state government has been the first to install mobile phone detection cameras on our roads to pick up on mobile phone use whilst driving. They report they are seeing a very high infringement rate and it may go someway to reducing the use and abuse which is rife.
 

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Start the car with the E break on DLR will stay off until brake is released
Thanks for the tip but it doesn't work on Singapore's EC

Not in Australia. The DRL's illuminate at all times the ignition is one and/or the engine is running. Applying the parking brake has no affect here. May be the same in @lycan part of the world. In Oz we are not required to have rear tail lights illuminated when running only the front DRL's so this is a difference for them as well...
Yeah. It didn't work. I have yet to find a solution to it. Hoping that someone can come out with a hacked OBD to disable it.

This works on US models. I tried it out of boredom and the lights in fact stay off when the car is stated when the ebrake engaged. I guess the stalkers get to enjoy the AC and heater when out watching....
This is great. How I wish it works in my car.

Do you guys have the annoying blinking brake lights? The "pulse" lights? Those have started becoming a thing here and they absolutely enrage me. I'm pretty calm human honestly but being behind someone who has blinking brake lights makes me lose my mind. I literally have to get around them or take a different route because watching them flash every time they press the brake drives me mad. I don't understand why it's allowed or invented!
No. Singapore's vehicle authority are pretty tough on this sort of light "modification" as they deem it's a distraction. I used to have one of this Brake LED bulb that blinks 5 times and stays on when you brake. It's pretty useful as there are many tailgaters in Singapore's road. Hahaha.
 
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