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Old 05-17-2010, 09:17 AM
Scotty5x5 Scotty5x5 is offline
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Question Amber lights optional?

I was looking at this post
and it reminded me to ask if anyone knows why amber running lights seem to be optional now. Years ago I assumed it was mandatory as all vehicles had them. Looking around the parking lot I see some have them and some don't even within the same brands.
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:27 AM
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Default Re: Amber lights optional?

I believe it is still mandatory to have an amber reflector, but many just don't like the look so they get non-DOT approved lights and run them. I did it as well. Many people get around it with just an amber bulb, others just get away with it since not many cops will pull you over for just a lack of amber reflector, they would tack it onto something else though probably.
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:42 AM
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Default Re: Amber lights optional?

The federal standards that manufacturers are bound by are as follows:
- Front parking lights can be white or amber.
- Front turn signals, front side marker lights must be amber.
- Front reflectors must be amber.

Since on most vehicles, the parking lights, turn signals, side markers, and reflectors are all contained in one light housing, they're all amber.

State law is what governs what you can do to your vehicle after you buy it. Federal standards do not apply to end users. The state laws can not be MORE strict than the federal standards since that just won't work. However than be equal to or less strict. Each state's laws on color of lights vary. Generally speaking, making the front lights all white (no amber anything) is usually pretty safe. It's the people who seem to think that blue, red, pink, purple, and other homoerotic front light color combinations make them cool that usually get in trouble.
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