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Old 08-19-2007, 11:33 AM
 
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What aftermarket HID headlights are legal in charlotte, north carolina?
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Old 08-19-2007, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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All lighting on motor vehicles is governed by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108. This is a federal regulation promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under its general authority to regulate motor vehicle equipment granted by the federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act. The federal lighting standards apply to the original equipment on motor vehicles and to replacements for this original equipment. The entities subject to the requirements include manufacturers, importers, distributors, dealers, and motor vehicle repair businesses. Lights and lighting equipment must be marked with certain designations that show its compliance with the federal standards. (49 CFR § 571. 108)

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Old 11-11-2010, 01:22 AM
 
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Default Car headlight laws

Every country and jurisdiction has its own rules and regulations governing the use of automotive headlight. HID lighting systems that are supplied with the vehicles from the factory are DOT / E approved.

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Old 11-11-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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I've had aftermarket HIDs in several vehicles, and know many people that have as well. We all pass inspection, so AFAIK there isn't a difference between OEM and aftermarket lighting with regards to legality. Besides, inspection shops have no idea if your HIDs are factory installed or aftermarket. And LE has better things to do (rightfully) than pull you over to check your lights.

However, if they're too bright or improperly adjusted, they can and will attract the attention of LE. Been there, done that, learned my lesson.
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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I have a night rider scanner light that I want to use as a brake light. Is it Legal?
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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The best answer to your question can be found by stopping by a local inspection station and showing them the light.They will tell you for free.
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I have a night rider scanner light that I want to use as a brake light. Is it Legal?

I could easily see that as a "reason" to pull you over. Could be considered a flashing light, and red or blue flashing lights are a no-no in NC unless you have a reason to have them (police, fire, etc.).
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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i was wondering can you have green hid lights in the cars?
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:07 AM
 
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i was wondering can you have green hid lights in the cars?
Why would you want to?

Green is far enough up (down?) the light spectrum that they'd be nearly useless.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I have a night rider scanner light that I want to use as a brake light. Is it Legal?
Ehem, I believe you mean Knight Rider.

/yes, I am a nerd
//yes, I know this thread is old
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