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08-28-2012, 01:41 PM #112000 Chevrolet Silverado
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08-28-2012, 01:41 PM #12
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Most southern states have very slack light laws. Just make sure you got them all lined up and you'll be fine. And as far as blinding people when I'm n my convert cobra I get blinded by every single car that has oem hids. Not fun when I'm on twisting back roads2009 chevy 1500 z71 4x4
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08-28-2012, 01:48 PM #13
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In response to "as many lights as we want":North Carolina GS 20‑130. Additional permissible light on vehicle.
(b) Auxiliary Driving Lamps. – Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed two auxiliary driving lamps mounted on the front, and every such auxiliary driving lamp or lamps shall meet the requirements and limitations set forth in G.S. 20‑131, subsection (c).
§ 20‑131. Requirements as to headlamps and auxiliary driving lamps.
(b) Headlamps shall be deemed to comply with the foregoing provisions prohibiting glaring and dazzling lights if none of the main bright portion of the headlamp beams rises above a horizontal plane passing through the lamp centers parallel to the level road upon which the loaded vehicle stands, and in no case higher than 42 inches, 75 feet ahead of the vehicle.
It goes on to talk about proper certification of lamps to meet the vehicle code here:
§ 20‑133. Enforcement of provisions.
(a) The Commissioner is authorized to designate, furnish instructions to and to supervise official stations for adjusting headlamps and auxiliary driving lamps to conform with the provisions of G.S. 20‑129. When headlamps and auxiliary driving lamps have been adjusted in conformity with the instructions issued by the Commissioner, a certificate of adjustment shall be issued to the driver of the motor vehicle on forms issued in duplicate by the Commissioner and showing date of issue, registration number of the motor vehicle, owner's name, make of vehicle and official designation of the adjusting station.
(b) The driver of any motor vehicle equipped with approved headlamps, auxiliary driving lamps, rear lamps or signal lamps, who is arrested upon a charge that such lamps are improperly adjusted or are equipped with bulbs of a candlepower not approved for use therewith, shall be allowed 48 hours within which to bring such lamps into conformance with the requirements of this Article. It shall be a defense to any such charge that the person arrested produce in court or submit to the prosecuting attorney a certificate from an official adjusting station showing that within 48 hours after such arrest such lamps have been made to conform with the requirements of this Article. (1937, c. 407, s. 96.)
For me, just because something isn't EXPRESSLY prohibited doesn't mean that I am going to do it on the principle. It is my real world experience that just because something isn't written as "illegal" doesn't mean that the cops won't give you a hard time over it. For example... Owning a Crown Victoria with 3 antennas on the deck lid and button hubcaps is not necessarily "impersonating a police officer", but you can bet that the cops will see it and keep an eye on it, waiting for the driver to do something stupid. A good friend of mine who is a cop told me "I can FIND something wrong with every single vehicle on the road... All I need is a 'reason' to pull them over. Blinding and/or colored headlights are a good enough reason for me."
Cars with factory HID lighting have properly designed lenses that focus the light beams. factory headlight housings intended for incandescent lighting are not designed that way and will scatter the light in such a manner as to be distracting to oncoming traffic.
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08-28-2012, 02:13 PM #14
This is what I have found so far in our laws here in Texas.
Sec. 547.302. DUTY TO DISPLAY LIGHTS. (a) A vehicle shall display each lighted lamp and illuminating device required by this chapter to be on the vehicle:
(1) at nighttime; and
(2) when light is insufficient or atmospheric conditions are unfavorable so that a person or vehicle on the highway is not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead.
(b) A signaling device, including a stoplamp or a turn signal lamp, shall be lighted as prescribed by this chapter.
(c) At least one lighted lamp shall be displayed on each side of the front of a motor vehicle.
(d) Not more than four of the following may be lighted at one time on the front of a motor vehicle:
(1) a headlamp required by this chapter; or
(2) a lamp, including an auxiliary lamp or spotlamp, that projects a beam with an intensity brighter than 300 candlepower.Sec. 547.321. HEADLAMPS REQUIRED. (a) A motor vehicle shall be equipped with at least two headlamps.
(b) At least one headlamp shall be mounted on each side of the front of the vehicle.
(c) Each headlamp shall be mounted at a height from 24 to 54 inches.
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08-28-2012, 02:21 PM #15
You're preaching to the choir, moog, but as noted, HIDs are not, themselves, illegal in NC -- it's a completely subjective judgement call on whether lights were causing glare, as I suspected.
And as for the 'as many as we want', I should have been more clear in that I was speaking about my low, high, and fog beams all being able to be on per the diode mod. How? Technically, among them, only the fogs are 'auxiliary driving lamps' ... meaning I can have all six on at once if I like ... since only two of them constitute 'auxiliary driving lamps'.
I've rolled up behind and past Cary cops (which are notorious sticklers) without issue, so I think I'm ok ... but I'm only running a diode mod with DOT-approved bulbs in DOT-approved housings.
08-28-2012, 02:22 PM #16
I'm curious...how bright is 300 candlepower? lol
08-28-2012, 02:38 PM #17
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BTW... I can show you how your diode mod could be much mo better and net you brighter light. A diode drops voltage by 9/10ths of a volt. There is another way where there is zero drop and MUCH brighter light ;)
08-28-2012, 03:15 PM #18
08-28-2012, 04:11 PM #19
WOW! The lights look great. That's pretty much the same set-up I'm going for (5000K). I'm glad you posted, instantly convinced me.2010 Chevy Silverado Z71 LTZ 4x4
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08-28-2012, 05:22 PM #20
Yep, just make sure if you want yours to be like mine with that type of light output while on the open highway, you're going to want to go with 55W 5000K low beams and 35W 5000K fog lamps. At first it's going to look like your fogs are more blue than the headlamps, but after a while of operation they'll whiten up a bit.
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