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Old 03-31-2011, 10:11 PM   #1
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LED Accent Lights?

I have a question that I'm not sure if it has been clearly covered in this forum.

Are LED Accent Lights legal to have ON while riding? If yes/no, please explain for your state or wherever/whatever you all know about these laws. They are very confusing for some states. Being in Minnesota myself, I know Red and Blue are no-no's while riding, but I have not found any clear restriction/exemption to it here. Some say as long as it's not those 2 colors and the lights themselves aren't visible, it's ok. But reading the statute, it could be interpreted either way, as these types of lights are not defined.

I think it would be good for all to have some of the LEO's who post here/ride explain their experience and knowledge on the legalities of this in their areas and any other input that you can provide.


   
 
Old 04-30-2011, 01:20 PM   #2
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I have found sketchy rules for my state, so I guess I'll just try it out and see what happens. It's not specific other than no red/blue or any combination thereof or blinking red/blue (for obvious reasons)...

If I'm wrong, I'll either find out on the road or in some other fashion...
   
 
Old 05-24-2011, 09:07 AM   #3
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I am being told locally here in de/md (usa) area that no red or blue, no flashing and as long as they dont point at the ground they are ok. But that is an I heard from so and so who heard it from so and so and so on. So not for sure, I guess Ill let you know when I get my first ticket since I just installed mine.
   
 
Old 05-24-2011, 08:28 PM   #4
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I've been rolling around all over here in the cities at night with them glowing and not one look from any fuzz so....

Maybe they are just too busy looking for criminals eh....

I only have 48 in, and that lights the bike up well enough and about 6 feet around it give or take so....I think I'm ok here. It says the same thing on the books from what I've found. No red, blue or flashing or any combination of the above.
   
 
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I've been rolling around all over here in the cities at night with them glowing and not one look from any fuzz so....

Maybe they are just too busy looking for criminals eh....

I only have 48 in, and that lights the bike up well enough and about 6 feet around it give or take so....I think I'm ok here.

Lol,pic taken at night would be nice?!? Would really like to see what it looks like mate!!
   
 
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are you talking about the lights that go under the bike?
   
 
Old 05-25-2011, 08:45 PM   #7
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Joe Florida Accent LED lights...You can stick them anywhere in the bike. I have 2 on either side in the fairing, two under the front and two under the rear....6 LEDs per strip for 48 total. Is plenty of green...

I'll try to get some pics of it with the lights at night. Its kinda hard to take pics at night with shit cameras tho...
   
 
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I believe the rule of thumb is no red or blue lights while the vehicle is in motion.
   
 
Old 05-26-2011, 09:41 AM   #9
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Talk to one of the Delaware Cops at Bike Night last night. He said they are absolutly illegal. How ever he felt that if a cop pulls you over for it "He must have a major stick up his ass". I thought that was great. He said they dont worrie about them at all. Then the coversation continued in to question of were I had mine done cause he wants to do it to his bike as well...lol.
   
 
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As I've inquired about it, I've found that every state has their own laws about them and how they're enforced so.....it's like helmet laws....if you're going cross country and like the breeze in your hair, better have a helmet with for those states that require them...
   
 
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Tried to snap a pic of the bike with the lights with my best camera on hand and.........nope.

Can't capture it. Just a black screen with green lights in the darkness.....

I'll give it a go on a night out with they guys and try it under a light pole or something....it does look neat....but I just got junk cameras apparently.
   
 
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Tried to snap a pic of the bike with the lights with my best camera on hand and.........nope.

Can't capture it. Just a black screen with green lights in the darkness.....

I'll give it a go on a night out with they guys and try it under a light pole or something....it does look neat....but I just got junk cameras apparently.
Thanks for trying mate! I'm also useless with camera settings at night!
   
 
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Got my answer last night...at least for my home town....Got pulled over for running with the lights on.......no ticket tho...


I think now I will make it my mission to get a clarification from some higher up for an answer...as the cop says no but the law on the books says yes...in my interpretation...just not red or blue...
   
 
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Not that it really matters much what I think....but in reflection, the reason the cop gave for why I couldn't run with the lights on is kinda counter productive....

They said I couldn't run them because someone in a car might crash because they were looking at the lights..........Is that not the whole point to having the lights??? Increased visibility....wtf...I don't care if some moron crashes their car because they can't help themselves in the staring dept....but do those electronic billboards not have the same effect?

I would much rather be seen that be NOT seen. Why do I have to be held accountable for someone elses stupidity?

Now I'm DEFINITELY going to dig into this. That was a bullshit excuse for why I can't run my lights....
   
 
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Not that it really matters much what I think....but in reflection, the reason the cop gave for why I couldn't run with the lights on is kinda counter productive....

They said I couldn't run them because someone in a car might crash because they were looking at the lights..........Is that not the whole point to having the lights??? Increased visibility....wtf...I don't care if some moron crashes their car because they can't help themselves in the staring dept....but do those electronic billboards not have the same effect?

I would much rather be seen that be NOT seen. Why do I have to be held accountable for someone elses stupidity?

Now I'm DEFINITELY going to dig into this. That was a bullshit excuse for why I can't run my lights....
Totally agree with you, next they will out law custom paint jobs cause someone might crash looking at your paint. Or your red jacket,,, next thing we will all be sporting black buggys with plain black suites and black button
   
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