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    I beleive so. but most of this only applies if on when in motion. so dont turn it on...

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    You can have lights in the cabin if you want, but they can't be very bright. Dome lights are illegal because they can turn a window into a mirror because they're bright and are positioned to do so.
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    i think i ve heard rumors that they (wiper lights) add 10kw at the wheels, and if its an excel it almost doubles the power, even though the lights still only add 10kw :P

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    A friend of mine strung miniature Christmas lights around his truck a few years ago during Christmas time. He was pulled over because "someone might mistake the lights for an emergency vehicle." That was the lamest one I've heard, since I've never seen an emergency vehicle masquerading as a Christmas tree. BTW, the lights weren't even flashing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nl4jy
    what about color lights in the cabin? Are they consider illegal?
    I think I heard before that they're only illegal if you can see the bulb from the outside of the car ... but that's probably a state by state thing.

    common sense (which doesn't mean the law) says it wouldn't be a problem if they light isn't bright enough to obstruct the driver's view or the view of other motorists.

    As with lights on the outside .. i think the biggest determining factors are whether or not you get a power hungry cop, and whether or not you look like a punk kid. If you look like someone who contributes to society the po is more likely to take it easy on you.
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    Extra Lights

    I think in most states it generally boils down to what car you drive. If it is an import then you will definately get pulled over and get either a ticket or warning. I drive a Toyota 4runner and I have red nozzle lights and red LED side markers. I also have red neon undercar kit but I won't push my luck so I never drive with it on. I have had these lights for 3 years on the truck and I have never been pulled over in my truck. In fact I have never gotten anything besides a couple of parking tickets on this vehicle (can't say the same for my car). Oh and I also have HID headlights on my truck
    Secondly it has to do with your neighborhood. If you live somewhere where the cops have nothing better to do, chances are you are doomed to get tickets although you may stand a better chance of having your stuff stay in your car when you leave it there. My closet encounter with a cop about my lights was when I drove down a street in the back of a police station and stopped so my friend could get in when this cop pulls up and asked me if I had a switch to switch it off. I said I didn,t and he told me to get one. I am still too lazy to rewire my lights.
    I also have 4 white strobe lights up front and 2 red ones in the back. They are whelen 90w strobes but I rarely use them. they are hooked up to my alarm and their primary purpose is to deter thieves because I live in Newark, NJ. So far they have worked on numerous occasions that I know of. However I do drive with them when it snows, in fact I used them today without any problems
    I think we should start a poll to see what type of vehicle gets the most ticktets and which gets the least.
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    For the light-lovers in this thread in need of guidance:

    I'll agree, it's petty for a cop to give a ticket for these types of lighting without a warning, but what do you expect?

    I assume the reason people place these lights on their cars is to stand out or be noticed. Problems occur when your lights are noticed by, or are distracting, nearly every vehicle near you; distracted drivers are unsafe drivers.

    If you disagree with the statements above, consider the following:

    Why would you knowingly add an accessory to your car which will greatly increase your likelihood of being pulled over/hassled? I doubt the joy you receive from having unique lighting will outweigh the frustration of dealing with the law and potential fines.

    The legality of the lights has little to nothing to do with this issue. You are simply drawing unneeded attention to yourself and placing yourself at the mercy of some police officer's attitude/mood.

    Enjoy your lights - and I'll keep laughing at how ridiculous they look. Damn I feel old.

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    Any type of non-stock lighting increases your chances of getting pulled over.

    And I hate people that have Extra-uber bright lights. They can see better but blind other drivers in the process.

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    Extra bright lights rule. I run around town getting in contests with other ricers. If one is sitting across and intersection from me, we'll start flashing our brights like crazy seeing who can do it faster. Oodles of fun. This is why I put the other lights on the car.

    I don't believe what kind of car you have or how you look will affect whether you get a ticket or not. Unless of course, the cop is racist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nl4jy
    what about color lights in the cabin? Are they consider illegal?
    Illegal to use them while driving at night. At that point, color simply doesn't matter. I think that's the law in most states, but don't quote me on that. I know that's how it is in Michigan.
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