Are LED lights on motorcycles or scooters legal in California? Well… it’s complicated.
We did a fair bit of online investigating to try and come up with a yes or no answer, but ultimately, ‘it depends.’
There are several noteworthy sections in the California Vehicle Code relating to lights on a vehicle:
1. Lighting Equipment: Illuminating Device (Section 24255)
2. Lighting Requirements (Section 25400)
3. Color of Lamps and Reflectors (Section 25950)
As stated in V C Section 25950 Color of Lamps and Reflectors, any light visible from the rear of a vehicle must be red, except for turn signals (yellow), front side marker lights (yellow), and backup lights (white). This includes light emitted from lamps and reflectors. This section also says that any light visible from in front of a vehicle must be white or yellow, or somewhere in the color spectrum between white and yellow, except for rear side marker lamps (red).
So if you’re getting LED lights installed on your motorcycle or scooter, make sure they:
- Have a candela rating of no more than 0.05 per square inch
- Are diffused nonglaring
- Don’t display red to the front
- Are positioned more than 12 inches away from required lamps and reflectors
At SF Moto, we sell LED replacement taillights as special orders, LED marker lights for turn signal replacement, and LED bulbs to replace incandescent ones. Our service department’s standard labor rate applies for installing headlights, brake lights, and turn signals.
If you’re considering LED lights for your bike so that you can see better, we’re glad to help! If you want your bike to look like a nightclub lighting system on two wheels, well, you’re better off reconsidering to save your bike’s charging system and to save yourself from tickets.
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