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DAS/STAR coding challenge/inquiry
This challenge/query is for the R171:
For US models, there is an option to turn on DRL (Daylight Running Lamp) using the Settings menu.
THE DRL (when set to on), however, uses the low beam headlamps and having Xenon HID for low beam, I would prefer to not use them to prolong the HID lamp life.
Query/challenge: Is it possible to code or use the high/main beam H7 lamps only as DRL's instead of the low/dip beam? The high beam H7's are rarely used anyway in urban and suburban night driving.
I know the newer model vehicles, like the GLK, gives the option of using the LED fogs as DRL or the high beam H7 (albeit at less than normal light intensity) as DRL.
I also know that with SmartTop, one can set the fog lamps as DRL's, however, over a year or two years time, the heat from the H7 fog lamps will start to darken and then brown the plastic Lamin-X that I have on the fog lamps requiring replacement.
Perhaps one could ask the makers of SmartTop (for the R171) to update the firmware and add another option in Function 8: using the high beam headlamps as DRL's (in addition to the current existing options of either using fog lamps or the dip beam).
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