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post #1 of 9 Old 01-29-2017, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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A Little Bit About The Legality of Colored Lights On Your Bike

I am not a big fan of replacing the turn signal bulbs with LED - too much trouble for no practical gain.

Those of you who know me know that I am pragmatic when it comes to accessories.

This is one I was just thinking about. These are a direct replacement for the incandescent type 194 bulb that is on either side of the headlight.

They are blue, and noticeably brighter than the stock bulbs.

For $7 USD they might save your life, but it is guaranteed that you will get comments.
I thought that they were especially nice accents on the 2012 Tri-color.

Unfortunately it is hard to photograph them.

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First thing you should do is check your local ordinances.
Many municipalities prohibit the use of bulb colors on personal vehicles that are used on police, fire and EMT vehicles.
In my state colored lights are a no no.
"The Registrar may order the removal of any colored light, including amber, at any time he deems
necessary, upon written notice to the registrant, with a copy to the chief of police where said motor
vehicle is principally garaged. Any registrant so notified, who fails to remove such colored lights, and
who operates or permits the operation of such lights on the public way, shall be in violation of the
Registrar's rules and regulations as provided in M.G.L. c. 90, 20."
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Indiana is so far to the Right, they won't allow any infringement of personal rights (no helmet law, no vehicle inspections...), and I am not very good at looking up ordinances (on a Sunday), but no one bothered me, and I have seen them on a local Gold Wing.
Just don't want to marry your partner if you are gay, need an abortion because you were raped, or want to replace your government sanctioned, highly addictive opium-based pain management with a cannabinoid-based pain reliever.

It is tough living Green in a Red State. (I used to be "Blue" until the Dems shafted Bernie).
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From what I see online of Indiana vehicle law, blue lights are reserved for volunteer fire vehicles. Violation will result in a $80 citation.
Running lights are restricted to white to amber.
You can take your chances, but it was pretty easy to find posts from various people who received tickets for running blue lights.
And Indiana cops apparently REALLY HATE neons.

But cheer up. At least you got rid of Pence without having to go to the trouble of voting him out of office.
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From what I see online of Indiana vehicle law, blue lights are reserved for volunteer fire vehicles. Violation will result in a $80 citation.
Running lights are restricted to white to amber.
You can take your chances, but it was pretty easy to find posts from various people who received tickets for running blue lights.
And Indiana cops apparently REALLY HATE neons.

But cheer up. At least you got rid of Pence without having to go to the trouble of voting him out of office.
Thanks for making me look it up!

"(5) A blue light may not be a part of the regular head lamps displayed on the vehicles."
http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/driving_laws.pdf

Referring to the volunteer firefighters' vehicles.

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First thing you should do is check your local ordinances.
Many municipalities prohibit the use of bulb colors on personal vehicles that are used on police, fire and EMT vehicles.
In my state colored lights are a no no.
"The Registrar may order the removal of any colored light, including amber, at any time he deems
necessary, upon written notice to the registrant, with a copy to the chief of police where said motor
vehicle is principally garaged. Any registrant so notified, who fails to remove such colored lights, and
who operates or permits the operation of such lights on the public way, shall be in violation of the
Registrar's rules and regulations as provided in M.G.L. c. 90, 20."
That's pretty weird that they would say that, as front turn signals are always amber in color. Every vehicle I own has amber turn signals up front. If I'm not mistaken, US DOT regulations stipulate amber for front turn signals on all motor vehicles. As far as I know, rear turn signals can be amber or red.

I agree though that blue colored turn signals could/will get the operator of the vehicle cited for an improper equipment violation in virtually any state.

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I never proposed using them in the turn signals, only the running lights on either side of the headlight.

If the blues are not flashing, I don't think most LEOs will have a problem with them.

But I have not read Street Prowler forums, to find out what the word on the street is.


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I saw a car on my way home from work last night. It has some kind of aftermarket headlights installed. Whatever the temperature on them, they sure looked blue.


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That's pretty weird that they would say that, as front turn signals are always amber in color. Every vehicle I own has amber turn signals up front. If I'm not mistaken, US DOT regulations stipulate amber for front turn signals on all motor vehicles. As far as I know, rear turn signals can be amber or red.

I agree though that blue colored turn signals could/will get the operator of the vehicle cited for an improper equipment violation in virtually any state.
Massachusetts is a state that has always gone a little overboard on vehicle regulations. They probably just want to reserve the right to make you remove even legal equipment if they so choose.

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I never proposed using them in the turn signals, only the running lights on either side of the headlight.

If the blues are not flashing, I don't think most LEOs will have a problem with them.

But I have not read Street Prowler forums, to find out what the word on the street is.
Flashing or not, I think you'll find plenty of evidence online that police do not like ordinary citizens running blue lights on a private vehicle one bit and will go out of their way to let you know it.

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I saw a car on my way home from work last night. It has some kind of aftermarket headlights installed. Whatever the temperature on them, they sure looked blue.
Probably HID (high intensity discharge) headlights which have a blue tint. I'm seeing more of them on the road all the time. A lot of home mechanics don't adjust them properly on installation and they can be really blinding to oncoming traffic. I've seen a couple of instances in my local newspaper where operators have been stopped by police and ordered to correctly aim them or risk a citation. I live right near a Massachusetts State Police barracks AND the Massachusetts State Police Academy and you can bet we really have to watch our asses around here.
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