Question - What color headlights are legal in California?

Answered by: Emily White  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 19-06-2022  |  Views: 1271  |  Total Questions: 14

HID headlights are not explicitly outlawed under California law. The state's vehicle code requires headlamps to distribute light that is white or yellow in color. HID headlights that emit a blue light are illegal in the state. Yes it's illegal to tint headlights, fogs and brake lights. It is known to cause cancer in the state of California and they have since outlawed it. Though most states restrict colors such as blue or red since it may appear like a police vehicle, in California you can use any colors for the underglow (other than red restriction on the front of your car). Featured headlights in california. The light output from each of the lamps shall not exceed 2513 lumens. Any motor vehicle may also be equipped with a pulsing system to indicate deceleration in which an amber light is center mounted on the rear of a vehicle. Per California Vehicle Code Section 25102 VC, LED lights mounted in the wheel well are illegal. This section specifies: The light source in each of the lamps shall not exceed two candlepower and shall emit diffused light of any color, except that the color red is permitted only on authorized emergency vehicles. "

https://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/4-6l-talk/151217-smoked-headlights-illegal-ca.html

You can "smoke all your lights" and they won't be illegal until you drive your car on a California road with them in "smoked" condition.

https://www.toyotanation.com/threads/is-it-legal-to-tint-tail-lights-and-headlights-in-ca.275808/

Tinting head lights and tail lights are illegal in CA. Also, when you get pulled over and get a ticket, it would be under driving with No taillight/headlight even if it is visible and working.

https://www.powerbulbs.com/blog/2016/07/headlights-rear-tints-legal

Many states have laws that completely ban tints. It's illegal to put any kind of spray or film over your lights. Some declare headlights must be white or yellow, and rear lights be red. They also specify that the lights on your car must be visible from a certain distance, usually around 500 feet.

http://www.btpautoparts.com/californialaws.html

Tail lights that incorporate a bulb with a red tint or coating. In general, custom tail lights that incorporate a clear outer shell and red inner lens are legal (24011 VC). If they don't incorporate reflectors, they must be added to the vehicle (24607 VC).

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/diy-do-yourself/134893-d-i-y-smoke-tinted-headlamps-tail-lamps.html

It is a complex process of blacking out the headlamp and tail lamp lens by involving heat treatment (actual smoking). Most custom smoked headlamps/tail lamps nowadays don't use smoking anymore. They instead prefer to dismantle the headlamp assembly and spray-paint the inner surfaces of the headlamps and tail lamps.

https://legalbeagle.com/7554731-california-law-hids.html

Headlights Must Distribute White or Yellow Light HID headlights are not explicitly outlawed under California law. The state's vehicle code requires headlamps to distribute light that is white or yellow in color. HID headlights that emit a blue light are illegal in the state.

https://www.rvinyl.com/How-To-Tint-Your-Headlights

Here are the basic steps: Prepare and clean. Spray and lubricate lenses. Remove liner. Alight and apply tint. Spray tint. Squeegee on tints. Heat the tints. Trim away excess.

Bova described the black or tinted tail lights as aftermarket equipment that drivers can install, and cited several state laws that make their use illegal. According to state law, in most cases, a tinted window must allow at least 24 percent of the light that hits the glass to come through.

https://www.pe.com/2014/08/03/traffic-column-hid-headlights-are-legal-sometimes/

Section 25950 of the California Vehicle Code states: “Unless provided otherwise, the color of lamps and reflectors upon a vehicle shall be white or yellow for those visible from in front of a vehicle. ” But actual blue color is not OK.

https://www.neonlaws.com/california/

California law allows additional aftermarket vehicle lighting which includes neon underglow. In California neon underglow is legal, as long as you follow these restrictions: Red color may not be visible from the front of the car. All aftermarket lights must not be installed within 12 inches of vehicle's required lights.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underglow

In the United States of America, certain underglow lights can be considered illegal. The colors could be distracting to the drivers or the drivers could easily confuse them for police officers. For this reason, colors like blue, red or any kind of flashing lights are banned from public streets in some states.

https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/are-colored-headlights-safe-and-legal

This means that they are legal to use. The only color headlight that is legal to use in any state is white. This means that you cannot use any other color headlight. Most states mandate that the only allowable colors for lights on the front of a vehicle are white, yellow, and amber.

https://www.powerbulbs.com/au/blog/2017/10/which-bulbs-are-road-legal

Xenon HID bulbs with a high colour temperature - such as 8000K or above - are sometimes not road legal. Halogen bulbs with a colour temperature of 4300K or over also tend to be non-road legal. This can sometimes make bulbs a very crisp white/blue colour and therefore unsuitable for road use.