Parts and accessories : New Ring Apollo DRLs

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

Lighting the way to Safety and Style


AROnline  has long campaigned that being seen in variable lighting conditions is a fundamental part of avoiding accidents  – and advises that drivers should have their lights on all the time, day or night. Standard fit DRLs are slowly addressing this issue, but as new cars take time to filter into the main car population, and some find the stylised presentation of certain cars’ set-ups as being distasteful.

Ring Automotive has introduced a new Apollo lamp, which is a dual function LED DRL, combining enhanced daytime styling and visibility with a night time styling function. The circular design of the Apollo lamps compliments the design and styling of most cars. Most importantly, it doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard with your retro-fit DRLs.

Apollo DRLs Key features.

  • Dual Function Daytime Running and Night time styling function.
  • Automatic switching unit enables the lamp to come on when the ignition is started.
  • Can be retro fitted simply and easily to many vehicles.
  • Road legal – E marked to ECE Reg87 and ECE Reg 7

More at Ring Automotive’s website.

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Keith Adams

Keith Adams

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Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

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16 Comments

  1. NO NO NO NO, it’s bloody irritating in broad daylight and morons think just becuse its slightly cloudy or raining they have to have their lights on

  2. I miss the sensible DRLs my old Saab had… but these lights definitely beat the vile LED eyebrows and assorted facial scars which seem to be fashionable at the moment.

  3. @3
    I had guessed!, however I doubt you flash other road users who don’t like some do. When I rode a bike I did keep my lights on, cars doing that will make that a total waste of time, and dangerous. The fact it does make a car use more fuel means non of the published stats for this can ever be trusted

    • You are probably confusing LED daytime running lights which are fine with the morons that think their Fog lamps are daytime running lights. They are not and designed for fog only. Uber drivers seem to think its ok to drive with fog lamps on all the time

  4. And maybe I should add, I do turn the lights on.. when conditions demand it, low light levels, night, dusk, dawn, excessive spray.. but overcast/ light rain with full visiblity?? no chance. Although my SAAB is irritiating me, it turns all the lights off with the ignition, so I occasioanly find I have joined the lights on non thinkers. I must find a Tech II. I’ve no doubt this will be legislated mandatory eventually, with the usual biased stats touted

  5. @7 i wouldnt say that the stats are biased,even i have pulled out onto a main road and nearly killed myself because i thought the road was clear,anything that helps visibility should be welcomed,we as humans are on autopilot sometimes and get it wrong.Whats wrong with having lights on?if legislated so what?it would be because of road safety campaigners and the like who push for these things and rightly so,i wouldnt want any of my family as flowers on a lampost,wearing seatbelts saves lifes,being seen does too.I am more concerned about the dickheads driving and using thier phone-they should be jailed.

  6. I drove abroad for the first time in 1981, in Norway, where dipped headlights were on all the time. It struck me as a wonderfully simple safety idea and I have driven out-of-town with dipped heads on ever since. I can’t believe there are still people who just don’t see it (pun intentional).
    Like seatbelts and unleaded petrol it’ll take legislation to make it happen then everyone says: what a great idea, of course I was all for it all the time.
    It is quite simply about being seen. Help other road users to see you, that’s all. Doesn’t happen now, but people used to flash me to say: hey – you’re lights are on. Great, I thought, proves it works!
    There is one thing worse than no lights and that’s just side lights. Play the game: long straight road, peer into the gloom and, yes, you can see the car before the sidelights. Maybe they think they’re safer – but they aint. It don’t half help if you see dipped lights ahead before overtaking.
    As to turning lights on when conditions demand, well, we each have our own opinion of when that should be, we each have our own eyesight, we can simply forget, or, if we’re unwilling anyway, delay too long and we’re usually driving the other way to those who’ll benefit most from seeing us and who therefore have very different light conditions and visibility than we do.
    I’d echo post9: there may be a perfect driver out there, but I very much doubt it and since, if he does exist, he’s a very lonely person he should help those less perfect to avoid him. And that’s everybody else!
    Bikes. More and more high-viz clothing and strobe-type lighting. I don’t think our local bike independent has sold a static bulb light in years.
    Cost. A pittance. Compare that to a potentially avoidable fatality.

  7. These DRL’S have been the norm in Canada since about 1990, when i was there in 93 all new cars had them, but back then there were no LED’s so the main beam of the head lights were used but at about 75% brightness but when you switched on the normal lights the dipped beam was used and the DRL function was switched off.
    But I must say that i noticed that vehicles were more noticeable and also in many states in the US it’s law for lights to be used when it’s raining with road signs that have the slogan (Wipers on lights on it’s the Law)

  8. Some of these DRLs seem excessively bright. Had an Audi in my rear view (surprise, surprise…) and the bright LED DRLs were reflecting off the mirror putting up a surprising amount of glare.
    Then every VW now, even the vans, go about using full beams as DRLs.

  9. I’m another driver who keeps his lights on almost all the time- and occasionally, I’ve been haranged by individuals calling me a moron ‘because you’re draining the battery’. As someone who used to work permanent nights, and who, therefore, would be driving to and from work in dark winter conditions, I’ve never drained the battery from using the headlights constantly, so why would they drain the battery during the day (actually, of course, they run off the alternator…).

    I like these small LEDs from Ring- they are quite subtle, and would suit almost any modern vehicle.

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