Rules About LED Lights on the Exterior of Your Car
Now that you know about LED lights inside of your car, what about outside of your car? There are countless places where you can install lights, and here are some of the most common ones:
- Roof of your car / overhead light
- Valve caps
- License plate holder
Certain rules vary by state. Additionally, some of them require you to use some common sense.
You’ll want to check with the rules of your state, particularly about underglow lighting. Many states will consider it illegal, while some states will only pull you over if it is lit up at night or is a color that is associated with the police (such as red or blue). That being said, there are ways to create an underglow that follows the laws of your state.
If you have lighting on the roof of your car, you need to have a valid reason, such as if you’re a tow truck driver or you are patrolling your neighborhood.
As for other lighting, such as valve caps, license plate holders, and more, you’re able to have them. However, you still have to stay away from blue and red. Additionally, you don’t want the lighting to be so bright that it can be distracting to other drivers.
If your lights are so bright that it prevents a police officer from reading your license plate, you may also get pulled over for a warning.
So, while not all exterior lighting may be illegal, it can still cause problems. Just be sure you know what kind of lighting is legal. When in doubt, consult with the laws in your state.