What color lights can we run on our bikes?

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by ZnsaneRyder, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    What color lights are legal for our bikes? Or does it even matter on a bicycle?

    I ask because I see motorcycles with blue lights on them quite often, but in FL, having blue neons or bright blue lights on a car may get you a ticket.

    I just set up some bright orange LEDs for the front and center of the bicycle, red LEDs for extra taillights, and green LEDs under my trailer to light up the ground. It looks really nice, lights up the whole road around me in bright green and orange, and cops have been leaving me alone since it looks more tricked out now, and it doesn't look like I'm "stealing" my own trailer.. Also, no close calls with cagers since I have more lights then they do, and they can't help but to see me.

    However, the green LED's burn out for some reason, so I want to try blue LED's to light up the ground, but I don't want to risk another BS reason for them to pick on me.

    Can we use Blue, or other wild colors and be OK?
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2009

  2. Youngbird

    Youngbird Member

    White and amber to the front and red and amber to the rear only (delaware law) :detective:
  3. BSA

    BSA Guest

    All I've ever seen on the road is red tail light, red brake light, orange/ amber indicators, and normal headlamp.

  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    The actual laws are bound to vary by state. Even municipalities might have bans on some ground effects.

    I'm a bit inclined to advise that you don't get too wild with your lighting. In my experience, this seems to confuse motorists. There've been times when I felt less safe when I've tried some unusual lights.

    But at the same time, if these lights are making you feel more safe and if the cars seem to see you better, then that's good.

    If you can't find out if the blues are actually banned where you live, then you'd best just try them and see what happens.
  5. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes -- confuse motorist and possibly excite the local pooolice !!!

    wish to be low keyed when I -- ride that THING
  6. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    It's so hard to do the so-called "right" thing, when it's a huge gray area and un-spoken rules seem to dominate here over actual laws.

    On a bicycle or motorcycle, SAFETY comes first over anything else, so I want to make sure the cars see me.

    I see ground effects sold here in the auto-parts stores in blue, green, pink, purple and red, so it's really unclear as to what keeps you in or out of trouble.

    BTW, I first picked green, because that's the most common color I see shining from underneath riced-out civics, integras, and eclipses, so I figure if they can, than so can I.

    Also found a Motorcycle lighting forum as well: http://boogeylights.ning.com/forum/topics/692239:Topic:6?id=692239:Topic:6&page=1#comments

    And also this for Maryland: http://lightupyourbike.lains.com/

    So far, it seems green is one of the safer colors, so I gotta change the LED's to better quality ones. All my other LED's run on the same resistors and have no issues, just the greens, and I know my wiring is correct.

    I already have some blues/ambers wired to the car horn, but they only come on when using the horn, so I'm not worried at all about those. It ensures they know that car horn is coming from me! Safety first!
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2009
  7. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    Feel free to put in your opinions and research on this, as all of us here want to be the safest on the road, and also would like our custom rides to look nice as well.

    After seeing posts here of folks being clipped by semi-trucks and other cager incidents, it's VERY important, as I don't want to be reading any MBC death horror stories!
  8. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    Just depends on the state, of course.
  9. Lighting in CA

    Hi Guys, and I got to say it is good to see this new topic!!! Thanks to Tom for recognising the value, and making it happen for us!

    CA law is, if the lights are BLUE it had better be police, or emergency.

    Front is White, with amber turn, amber fog, or amber decrative. NO purple nor blue!!!

    Rear RED for running and possily decorative, (excepting license plate white light) and brake AMBER for turn signals

    It has been this way since the 1950's that I'mm aware of, with the exception that the amber turn in rear was added in the larte 60's early 70's (the euro look I guess).
  10. mabman

    mabman Member

    But officer, I use it to check my oil.

    The way I view it that if it isn't flashing, it isn't an emergency. A little low glo never hurt anyone and it does help to bring some attention to my bike at night.
  11. Blue lights

    Hi Mab, well I can tell you a little true story, when in High School, my Dad had a set of "Blue Dot" taillights on his 1940 Ford coupe.

    As he was sitting on the side of the road, after being pulled over, the officer asked for Drivers License, Dad says, "why am I pulled over"? the officer says "you have cracked taillight lenses"!

    Dad says, "they looked ok this morning sir". Officer says, "well, just let me look again, now", and walks to the rear of the car, and taps the blue-dot lense hard wih his nightstick, walks to passenger side and KRACK clicks the other lense with the nightstick.

    Now he walks back up and says, "no son, they are both cracked, I just checked"! He writes a fix-it-ticket, and away he goes.

    The High School kids knew they were not allowed to run "Blue Dots" but they still did! And this happened to others the same way.

  12. mabman

    mabman Member

    Well my Dad told me once that a cop stopped him because he was speeding and asked him "Where's the Fire?" and he said "In your eyes officer."

    Low glo lighting is not a major crime around here. If a cop tried that with me though I would as they say "have their badge".
  13. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    sure sounds good on paper -- but

    yes I admit mabman

    to "have their badge" sure sounds good on paper -- but
    it's a very hard THING to truly do in real life
    these pooolice stick together like GLUE

    I have been watching (up close) an ongoing case for a little over 5 years
    there were witnesses to the facts (man beat down in cold blood)
    seen on news tv in Kansas City -- shone for over a week
    and I must say -- not an easy road for the innocent one harmed by pooolice

    ride that THING
  14. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    You have a point there, they would LIE to protect themselves against any wrongdoing on their part. As I would know, I was assaulted and thrown on the ground for "not cooperating" and resisting arrest, and I'm stuck with court costs, and I did nothing but question his actions.

    So far so good, just avoid blue lights, and others seem fine. I've already been told about people noticing all the lights I have, so they are working. Also, less car issues at night due to the lights - they actually see me better at night than in the day now!!!!!
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2009
  15. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Red on the port side and green on the starboard - FAA, Coast Guard
  16. Yachting for LandLubbers

    Hi Wheelbender, best not be running red on the front of anything on the street unless it is emergency vehicle with exempt plates!