Faculty Advisor

Labonté, Robert C.


This project investigates the feasibility of Daytime Running Lights by examining the effectiveness of these devices by conducting research and analyzing the cost-benefit relationships. Having made these investigations, the project suggests alternative ways of achieving the effectiveness of the Daytime Running Lights with less energy. One of the most energy-efficient alternatives was designed and built. The results showed that the alternative approach required the consumption of 559,000 barrels of extra gasoline in the United States per year while the energy consumption rate of the most energy efficient DRL was determined to be 56,000,000 barrels of gasoline per year.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering