OK, just to be ´clear´ about lights (pun intended):
The colors of the lights on your car(s) are not some odd designers
concious decision to be boring. They´re a common sense, safety issue.
Just like driving on the right side of the road, the specific color REQUIREMENTS for motor vehicle lights are setup to be uniform so that everyone can recognize the intent of the other drivers around them.
The feds REQUIRE car makers to build the cars as follows:
FRONT signals must emit AMBER light (amber bulbs behind white lenses or vice-versa). If your car isn´t setup this way, it´s been altered- and it´s a danger to others.
REAR signals may emit AMBER or RED light.
BRAKE lights must emit RED light only, and three are required (after the 1985 model year for cars, after 1993 for trucks/SUVs).
WHITE signal light is dangerous because the lenses do not aim the light as a headlamp does, blinding other motorists (who might just run into YOU). Other colors (such as blinking reds and blues) can confuse other motorists, who may think an emergency is involved, and their panic stop to allow you to pass may cause others to make worse moves...causing accidents.
Non-stock colors and locations are sometimes TOLERATED by local law enforcement (until you break another law), but it´s never LEGAL to change the mandatory lights and it´s often illegal to add more.
There is a REASON most of the add-on lights state on the package that they are for ´SHOW AND OFF-ROAD USE ONLY´. Read it, heed it.
It´s fine to think it ´looks cool´. But there´s a BIG difference between having them on a car at a car show, and running the roads with this stuff. Just because YOU know what your intentions are on the road, don´t assume that grannie in the diesel Chevette does. It´s a legal requirement that we all must follow the same rules as the dumbest putz out there....you shouldn´t risk confusing them, because they might kill you or someone you care about.
If you MUST install the goofy stuff, wire it separately from the required, proper lights. And do NOT drive on public roads with the silly sh*t ON!! You don´t just risk you...you´re risking ME!
Anyone can slap accessories on a car.
Smart owners install and operate them better.
(Brought to you by a NJ State Inspector, and similarly infected car freak).
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[ This message was edited by: JWR-NoRice on 26-12-2002 23:34 ]