2004 Toyota Prius FAQ - Lights

Gathered from messages posted at the 2004 Prius Yahoo Group: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/2004-prius/

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Last updated: 12/27/03

Why does the owner’s manual say I have Auto Headlights and Daytime Running Lights?



Why does the owner’s manual say I have Auto Headlights and Daytime Running Lights?

Because the 2004 Prius sold in Canada with halogen headlights does have Auto Headlights and DRLs.

However, the Prius sold in the US does not, HID or halogen.  Halogens use 65 watts on hi beams and 55 watts on low beams, and can be dimmed for DRL by lowering the power to them. HID headlights only use 35 watts and will not light on lower wattage so can't be used as DRLs. In the US Prius, you can leave your headlights switch in the on position all the time, they will be on day and night when driving, and will turn off automatically when you turn off the car and open the driver's door to leave. Leaving the HIDs on all the time is safer than DRLs in any case, as the taillights/parking lights will also be on, while DRLs do not turn on the taillights/parking lights.
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