Let me suggest you look into the Hella LED units that come on VW's and such. They are very nice and use 3 sueprflux LED's. Stay away from anything up front except amber unless you want to possibly risk a ticket.
Well, you would have to cut a larger hole. That is necessary. As far as legality goes, in the US the following applies:
Rear- Red or Amber
Clear/white is technically not legal although most states you won't have a problem. I wouldn't however use white light, by Clear/white I mean the lens color itself, not the color it projects from the bulb.
In North America the following colors are mandatory:
front parking lamps: amber or white (must be the same color on both sides)
front turn signal lamps: amber
front side marker lamps: amber
front side reflex reflectors: amber
rear side reflex reflectors: red
rear side marker lamps: red
rear turn signal lamps: amber or red (must be the same color on both sides)
rear stop lamps: red
tail lamps: red
backup lamps: white
license plate lamps: white
Red rear turn light color creates a confusing traffic image in urban areas!
December 16 2004, 12:05 PM
108, how come the red rear turn light is still allowed? I can see that classic vehicles has them out of simplicity, but I cannot see any reason that new vehicles need to have them red. The advantages in saftey of having them amber should outweigh the flexibility in cosmethical design.
This message has been edited by herman_sho on Dec 16, 2004 12:07 PM This message has been edited by herman_sho on Dec 16, 2004 12:07 PM
If there were, the U.S. would have mandated amber rear turn signal lamps a long time ago. The problem is that while logically, having a distinct color seems prudent, the fact is that we have not been able to find any crash avoidance performance difference between red and amber equipped vehicles. Because the expence is so high, the cost of requiring them does not outweigh the unknown benefit.
Historically, lamps made clear lenses and using red bulbs were not to comply. Newer bulbs with transluscent red coatings may be able to make red stop, tail, turn, and side marker lamps comply. Certainly, we have seen in recent models, the use of clear LEDs that emit red light, and these do comply, even though when illuminated by sunlight, they are harder to see. We do not regulate that aspect of performance, but research is being done by the University of Michigan to determine what performance criteria may be necessary.
So, yes they can be legal, but the technology of making filament bulbs emit red light has significantly lagged the demand for them.