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post #1 of 6 Old 01-30-2013, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Modulating tail light - legal in NH?

I am about ready to pull the trigger on a modulating tail/brake light. Based upon recommendations here, I have decided on the Cyclenutz "KLR650 LED Tail Light Conversion Kit" ( http://www.cyclenutz.com/KLR650-LED-...-Kit_p_66.html ).

That said, I have been hearing that some states do not allow flashing tail lights. The reason being that flashing red lights are reserved for emergency vehicles and first responders.

Anybody know how I can find out if these are allowed in New Hampshire? I haven't been able to find anything on-line and through the NH State sites. I sent an email to Cyclenutz. While I'm waiting the hear back from them I thought I would tap your collective wisdom.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-30-2013, 02:34 PM
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These things flash several times, then go solid.

If it is legal for you to tap your brakes several times, then apply the brakes, what's the difference?

I can't see how they would be illegal, given that logic.

Flashing lights are generally prohibited when facing the front, as well as the color of the light.

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Not that I'm saying you shouldn't buy / use one of these, just going by one line on the page you linked:

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NOTE:These lights are not D.O.T. Approved.


However, I will admit that I'm bookmarking that page for future reference, because methinks I'll buy one in March if there's any cash left over from the company's annual bonus after I buy the Motech crash bars, skid plate, & Sargent Seat.

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For lighting, DOT approval means that they comply with FMVSS108, which is the US standard for lighting. I think that getting approval requires submitting the unit for testing, which may be costly. I don't think it is implicitly illegal because it automatically flashes, it's just that they haven't submitted it for approval.

Sort of like an exhaust not being approved. The exhaust might be capable of meeting all the requirements, but why bother when putting a codicil on that it's not approved will cover the manufacturer?

If the case were made for the added safety and the thing could be shown to be at least as reliable as an 1157 and not brighter than allowed by 108 (it probably is too bright) and in the right color spectrum then it could be approved, should the manufacturer care to spend the money.

A similar situation existed years ago with the advent of modulating headlights for motorcycles. The effort was done to get the DOT approval specifically for motorcycles. I don't beleive you can get away with them on cars. Wouldn't it be trippy if all the cars had modulating headlights?

Your point is well taken, though. If you really pissed a LEO off, he could add that to your infractions, but I doubt anyone would get pulled over for it.

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I've got a modulating LED taillight and I love it! Most of them also have small switch on the circuit board that you can flip if you want to turn off the flashing and just have it as a regular tail/brake light. The flashing makes a huge difference in visibility though, one of my fave mods.

I bought one from one of the guys at .net. I think his name is Dean (Idabiker on .net). Looks like the price has went up a bit since I bought mine though!


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