HID lights, legal or illegal?

HID lights, legal or illegal?

Posted in the Morristown Forum

First Prev
of 3
Next Last

“i keep it real”

Since: Mar 09

Del Rio

#1 Mar 1, 2010
does anyone know if the aftermarket HID lights are legal or illegal?
wondering

Sevierville, TN

#2 Mar 1, 2010
they should be illegal!
buying stupid stuff

Morristown, TN

#3 Mar 1, 2010
Buying retarded items shouldn't be illegal. I
nissan

Morristown, TN

#4 Mar 1, 2010
nope the nissan i do believe has them as several other car that are made and its not that they are super bright most i know when on low only light up the area 50 - 100 feet in front of the car like its day time and does not hit eye level unless on high
help

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Mar 1, 2010
brownsuperman wrote:
does anyone know if the aftermarket HID lights are legal or illegal?
What is that?

“i keep it real”

Since: Mar 09

Del Rio

#6 Mar 1, 2010
help wrote:
<quoted text>
What is that?
very nice looking headlight bulbs. they come on most bmw, lexus, cadillac, and mercede benz vehicles.
help

Pittsburgh, PA

#7 Mar 1, 2010
brownsuperman wrote:
<quoted text>
very nice looking headlight bulbs. they come on most bmw, lexus, cadillac, and mercede benz vehicles.
Thanks, not very car savvy.
Nope

Morristown, TN

#8 Mar 1, 2010
they are legal and are much better.
I can see much better at night with them than regular lights.
The people that do not like them are the ones that can not afford a car with them and they are mad.

Since: Feb 10

Rogersville

#9 Mar 1, 2010
i wouldnt see why they would be illegal, but there is always that one cop and for that one cop all you have to say is they were like that when i got the car. i really like the look but for actuall improvement at night they arent very good in a non focused headlight housing, in stock form they work amazing all that bright light gets focused but in a normal light house it just scatters blinding everyone and not helpin you much if any at all
BTK

Morristown, TN

#10 Mar 1, 2010
the fast one wrote:
i wouldnt see why they would be illegal, but there is always that one cop and for that one cop all you have to say is they were like that when i got the car. i really like the look but for actuall improvement at night they arent very good in a non focused headlight housing, in stock form they work amazing all that bright light gets focused but in a normal light house it just scatters blinding everyone and not helpin you much if any at all
The ones I bought came with a DOT card showing they are legal.
If you have that card there is nothing at all a local cop can do because the federal goverment has approved them for highway use and local yocals can not override that.

The ones with the very blue tint are not legal but the white ones are.
jesse

United States

#11 Mar 16, 2010
First of all, people who do not like hids doesnt know anything about them. They are not illegal, well at least not in TN. As long as you have them positioned correctly down at the road, there shouldnt be any problem. Now i can see 20,000k hids and higher being illegal because of the pink,purple,green,etc. color. But bluish looking hids isnt a problem. They produce MUCH more light then the standard halogen blulb. For all you standard halogen bulb people, you should try a pair of hids for yourself and find out.
jesse

United States

#12 Mar 16, 2010
wondering wrote:
they should be illegal!
my last sentence explains it all.
Frank

United States

#13 May 11, 2010
Nope wrote:
they are legal and are much better.
I can see much better at night with them than regular lights.
The people that do not like them are the ones that can not afford a car with them and they are mad.
Shoot, who needs HIDS...Lets all drive with our high beams instead. I know I can see better with those as well ;)

The problem with "after market" HIDs is that they do not effectively control the output angle of the light, so you get VERY bright light in all directions. Good for the driver, but bad for everyone else. I took mine off after I noticed this :(
Go to a custom car shop to SEE the actual HID kit you want, in action. While most cops won't bother you, the ones that do will more than double the cost of the kit you bought. Know the laws!!!!!

Good luck man.
goldie

Morristown, TN

#14 May 11, 2010
wondering wrote:
they should be illegal!
My car came from the factory with them!
Ken

UK

#15 Sep 21, 2010
BTK wrote:
<quoted text>
The ones I bought came with a DOT card showing they are legal.
If you have that card there is nothing at all a local cop can do because the federal goverment has approved them for highway use and local yocals can not override that.
The ones with the very blue tint are not legal but the white ones are.
None of the conversions bulbs are DOT approved. Even though many where sold as they where and most of the retailers guilty of doing this have had legal action taken against them. Some come with DOT approved ballasts but the bulbs are not and in so can not be sold as DOT approved kits. Odds are you where conned if you have such a bulb conversion kit.
csimo

United States

#16 Nov 15, 2010
Under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) part 108 there is no legal way to install a HID headlamp system on any vehicle not factory equipped with the HID headlamp system.

Let's get this clear: There is no such thing as a street legal aftermarket HID system in the United States. No state laws can supersede or contradict FMVSS 108.

Many of the aftermarket HID suppliers do use Dot Approved bulbs. This means that the bulb is DOT Approved for a specific application. This does not mean the bulb or headlamp system is approved for any other application. The suppliers often supply cards or letters which aren't worth the paper they're printed on.

This is the absolute truth: There is no such thing as a street legal aftermarket HID headlamp system in the United States. I don't care what a web site tells you, or what card or letter you hold unless it's an approval letter for your specific application from NHTSA (which none have ever been issued).
fort worthgirl

Fort Worth, TX

#17 Nov 19, 2010
is yellow hid lights legal in fort worth texas?
Joe Redfield

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#18 Dec 19, 2010
These lights which I can afford and many people too, are a violation of other drivers right for visibility on the road. For example in PR people use them just because they look cool and they even put them as fog lights so they have 4 of those on at the same time, totally unnecessary leaving other drivers totally blind. In PR, Road Law # 22 article 14.05d make them illegal but only if they don't come as an original fabrication component of the car. Is a $ 50.00 fine. Nevertheless these people do not care and they keep using them regardless to cause accidents and fatalities on the roads. I consider them a bunch of morons and if this is happening in other places in the nation, they are a bunch of morons too. They are using lights that have been made in Europe and Japan for left lane driving into our right lane driving system. The NHTSA should rule against it's misuse. Read Daniel Stern Lighting or Wikipedia.
Joe Redfield

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#19 Dec 19, 2010
THANK YOU. If you really did that, you are a decent person and I applaud it for thinking about other driver's rights.
Joe Redfield

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#20 Dec 19, 2010
Even though you say that, you will still get the fine (ticket).

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 3
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Morristown Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
special needs kids..rant 15 min anon 15
Trojan football champs 5 hr Champs 33
Betty Jo Willams 6 hr SomeoneWhoKnows 5
What happened to nick Newman after high school 8 hr Coworker 4
What Happened at Odello 10 hr Jackson 1
Ivie A 10 hr TellmeYourThots 1
Strange creature West end 14 hr truth 22
fire at the top of motown 19 hr Curious 18

Morristown Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Morristown Mortgages