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What are the lighting laws in my state?

Most car enthusiasts like yourself love to hear people give you props for all the work you've done to your vehicle if it's from a new high horsepower motor or to a set of custom-made lighted mud flaps with your own personal saying that lights up at the flip of a switch.


Even though we love to trick out our rides there are laws we should be aware of. Each state is a little different on what color lights they allow and what is not allowed, and how it is allowed to be installed on a vehicle. So many rules right! But don't worry we have all 50 states lighting laws. If you choose to install aftermarket lighting of any sort on your vehicle, just take a little precaution.


If you are ever pulled over for lighting on your vehicle, be sure to carry a copy of the lighting laws with you in your vehicle. And present it to the officer if you are pulled over for lighting issues. Respect the police officer as they are the ones to come to your aid if your house is being broken into, or if you are being shot at. Show them the respect that they deserve and they should respect you just the same.


Our recommendation is, if you want lights for your car, get them and enjoy them, but If you end up getting a lot of hassle just flip the switch off for public roads and save it for off-road and car shows.


They can't hassle you if they can't catch you........


Photo by David von Diemar

Educate yourself on your states lighting laws


Alabama


There is no law that actually restricts aftermarket led lighting in Alabama however, there are some restrictions you should be aware of so you don't get hassled by the cops.

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

  • License plate lights must be white

Alaska


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Alaska, so your LEDs shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few tips:

  • The color blue is prohibited

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle.

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Only permitted underglow colors are white on the front, amber on the sides, and red on the rear of the car

Arizona


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Arizona, so your LEDs shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few tips:

  • Any lights visible from the front of the car should be white or amber

  • Any lights visible on the rear side of the car should be red

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

Arkansas


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Arkansas, so your LEDs shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few tips:

  • Arkansas allows two additional ornamental lights permitted on the front of the vehicle, these must always be white

  • License plate lights must be white

  • At any time no red, blue, or green lights may be visible from the front of the vehicle

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

California


Aftermarket vehicle lighting and underglow are considered legal in California as long as you follow these few regulations:

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle.

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

  • Underglow must not emit more than 0.05 candela per square inch

  • All aftermarket lights must not be installed within 12 inches of the vehicle’s required lights

Colorado


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Colorado, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Green colored lights are strictly forbidden

  • All red or blue lights may not visible from the front of the car

  • Avoid blue and red color lights as these are used for emergency vehicles.

  • Street glow is not prohibited but you should avoid flashing, rotating or oscillating street glow systems as these may be a distraction on the road.


Connecticut


All additional aftermarket lighting is considered to be illegal in Connecticut.


Delaware


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Delaware, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Lights that are visible from the front should only be white or amber

  • Lights that are visible from the rear of your car should be either red or amber

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle.

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

  • Avoid blue, green and red lights so you don’t get confused for an emergency vehicle

Florida


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Florida, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle.

  • Blue colored lights are prohibited on any part of the vehicle

  • All lights on the rear of the vehicle must be red

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

Georgia


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Georgia, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Red, blue, violet, and green colors are strictly forbidden

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

Hawaii


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Hawaii, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • A combination of red and blue colors are not permitted

  • License plate lights must be white

  • WARNING: If you’re caught using blue lights or a combination of blue and red lights, you may receive a fine of up to $1,000, up to 1 year in prison, or both!

Idaho


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not considered illegal in Idaho, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle.

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

  • Blue lights are strictly prohibited

  • Make sure only red light is visible from the back of your car

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing Amber lights are allowed for emergency use only.

Illinois


Additional aftermarket lighting and underglow are considered illegal in the state of Illinois


Indiana


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Indiana, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

  • All combinations of red, blue, white, and amber colors are considered illegal

Iowa


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Iowa, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Red color should not be visible from the front of the vehicle, and the rear end of the vehicle should only display the color red.

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

  • Blue lights must never be used on any part of a vehicle except on authorized emergency vehicles.

  • License plate lights must be white

Kansas


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Kansas, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Red underglow is strictly prohibited

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

  • Neon tubes need to be completely hidden and are not allowed to be visible

  • Try to avoid blue and green aftermarket lights so you don’t get your car confused for an emergency vehicle

Kentucky


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Kentucky, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Flashing and rotating lights are prohibited, but may be used in an emergency

  • Blue lights are strictly permitted

  • Red color should not be