What color can license plate lights be?

What color can license plate lights be?

LED position light

Vehicle lighting is vital for both seeing and being seen in traffic. Currently there are many different lighting systems: halogen, Xenon, LED… but all have their use regulated by specific regulations. Below we review the rules of the road to make sure which lights should be used at any given moment.

To begin with, we must distinguish between lights to see and lights to be seen. In the former we have the low beam (“short”) and high beam (“long”) lights. Daytime running lights, on the other hand, are a lighting system for being seen. Now that we have discussed the three systems, let’s look at their differences.

With regard to high beam, art. 16 and Annex X of the General Vehicle Regulations and art. 100 of the General Traffic Regulations establish that all cars in general are obliged to carry them. Optionally, mopeds and light quadricycles, tractors and agricultural or construction machinery may also carry this type of light. In other words, all cars, vans and trucks must have functional “long” lights.

Any car can be fitted with LED lights

Device used to indicate the presence of a vehicle by reflecting the light coming from a light source independent of the vehicle, the observer being close to the source.

Vehicles shall be fitted with a license plate illumination device that, without being dazzling for other road users, makes it possible to read its inscriptions at night in clear weather, at a distance of 20 meters, while the vehicle is stopped.

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It shall be installed on vehicles over 2.10 meters wide, as close as possible to the highest outer edge of the vehicle. Its installation will be optional on vehicles between 1.80 and 2.10 meters wide.

The intention to immobilize the vehicle or to slow it down considerably, even when such events are imposed by traffic circumstances, shall be warned, whenever possible, by means of the repeated use of stop lamps.

Approved LED lights

Indication of the downward inclination of the dipped-beam headlamp cut-off line referred to in paragraph 6.2.6.1.1 and of the downward inclination of the front fog lamp cut-off line referred to in paragraph 6.3.6.1.2 of this Regulation.

“Light source module” means the optical part of a device which is specific to that device, contains one or more non-replaceable light sources and could contain one or more lampholders for approved replaceable light sources.

“Incandescent light source” (incandescent lamp) means a light source in which the element emitting visible radiation consists of one or more heated filaments producing thermal radiation.

“Light emitting diode (LED)” (light emitting diode): a light source in which the element emitting visible radiation consists of one or more semiconductor junctions that produce luminescence/fluorescence by injection.

“Electronic light source control device” means one or more components located between the power supply and the light source, whether or not integrated in the light source or in the applied light, to control the voltage or electric current of the light source.

What is license plate light

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The short-range illumination, also called dipped beam, confers a lateral and frontal light beam distribution, but without being able to dazzle other road users. This beam is specified for use when there are other vehicles on the road. The international ECE standards for headlamps specify a beam with a sharp, asymmetrical cut-off to prevent an excessive amount of light reaching the view of other drivers who may be preceding or oncoming the vehicle.[3][4] Glare control is less stringent for the North American SAE, whose standards for headlamps are contained in FMVSS / CMVSS 108.[5] The ECE standards for headlamps specify a beam with a sharp, asymmetric cut-off to prevent an excessive amount of light reaching the view of other drivers who may be preceding or oncoming the vehicle.