Wondering if those pimping purple lights will get you pulled over? While the Indiana lighting laws place no restrictions on accent lighting, well or underbody lights, there are some basic new laws to note that have come into effect as of 1 July 2018:

 

  • Headlights and all other lamps that are mounted on the front of your vehicle have to be either white or amber, but you can get away with any shade in between. Any colored lights will unfortunately not be permitted.
  • Stop lamps and taillights are required to be red.
  • The indiana license plate light law requires that your license plate light be white.
  • Your backup light has to be white or amber.


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NonFail

Joined: Apr 26 2011
Posts: 9
Post Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:54 am

Upon getting my newer lighting-project (’01 Celica), I called the State Police (again) to check if the laws had changed since my last project started (in ’09)…

Instead of a simple ‘nope’, I got..

They can be any color, as long as only the glow is visible outside the car. No exposed bulbs, except normal operating lights…
–(no problem, it’s what I like)

If they are Blue, Red, Yellow or Green they cannot flash while on the roads (They are reserved colors for various State and Emergency vehicles
–(What about pulse/fade)

White and Yellow bulbs may be exposed where permitted by law (Front / Sides)
Red bulbs may be exposed as per law (Rear, dimmer than break lights if not hooked into same circuit).


More of a rant if you keep readin’

Back in ’09 I had my SC2, had blue inside, the headliner, under, in the hood, sunroof, etc… I had 2-Music Sensors setup, 1 set very low, 1 set a bit higher… Made it feel like the lights were more responsive. As I hit driveways/gas-stations/24-hr burger joints; I’d turn on my music-sensors and let people know I was there… Cops would often either park right by me, or across the street. As I left, immediately before hitting the roads, I’d turn them back on to steady; I knew what they wanted….

If the glow is the only thing visible, regardless of it’s pattern/color/etc; shouldn’t it be legal? icon_confused.gif

Cooper

Joined: Mar 19 2006
Posts: 1770
Post Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:59 pm

You’re lucky, mate . Around here the general rules of lighting are “don’t” . icon_lol.gif

And what limited lighting is allowed isn’t generally known to be legal by the average officer.

NonFail wrote:
If the glow is the only thing visible, regardless of it’s pattern/color/etc; shouldn’t it be legal? icon_confused.gif

I think the general idea is to prevent drivers from being distracted. If you’re car is flashing red and blue, or any color for that matter, even if it’s under the car is going to turn some heads as people see it in their mirrors and out the of corners of their eyes, etc.
After all, I don’t think we can deny that at least one of the reasons we glow is to turn heads, and every turned head is one that’s not looking where they’re going.

NonFail

Joined: Apr 26 2011
Posts: 9
Post Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:29 pm

Yes, if it’s strobing, super-bright, “Berries and Cherries *blue/red” or some other distracting color/pattern, yea..

Here there isn’t as much a set standard as it seems a general acceptable level of lighting. I’ve seen some white-only kits (solid on the street) be told to get shut off while a Red (less intense) kit rolls right by…

The color seems 2nd to the amount of lumens or whatever term (candlepowah!) is being emitted (as it causes a greater chance of dangerous distractions)…

Once I get this new build underway I’ll probably start a thread on here documenting/mockumenting my progress. ALOT of knowledge to be had from these forums if I am just willing to listen. =)

jmoddes

Joined: Apr 25 2011
Posts: 2142
Location: Kenosha, Wi
Post Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:57 pm

y ice led has its street legal setup where there is no issues. I’ve yet to get flicked and cannot WAIT until i do.
A-Ray

Joined: May 01 2005
Posts: 4062
Location: Volunteer State
Post Thu May 05, 2011 9:43 am

jmoddes wrote:
y ice led has its street legal setup where there is no issues. I’ve yet to get flicked and cannot WAIT until i do.

Your post makes no sense at all. An Iceled street legal setup? getting flicked?

NonFail, the Indiana laws sounds a lot like TN laws. Pretty much everything ok so long as no visible source and no flashing/movement.

Chris

Joined: Sep 27 2004
Posts: 2395
Location: NY
Post Thu May 05, 2011 3:48 pm

I believe ICELED has a setting where the sides are amber, front is white and rear is red. I could be wrong as $800+ for lighting is crazy so I never had the chance to play with it.