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et43011 10-21-2011 04:00 PM

Light bar legality
Hey I don't have a lightbar yet, but I have an interest in buying one. But I don't know if there are any rules against having a light bar. If passing inspection is a problem then I can just take it off in order to pass. So just let me know if there are any rules or anything like that.
Thank you

XJ Knight 10-21-2011 04:02 PM

no rules against it by any state that I know of.. But the rule that I do know of that applies to them is you can't use them on the road.. Only off

GoldenSahara00 10-21-2011 04:05 PM


Originally Posted by XJ Knight (Post 1679707)
no rules against it by any state that I know of.. But the rule that I do know of that applies to them is you can't use them on the road.. Only off

thats only true if he had offroad lights though. like if he had his fogs on a light bar instead of the bumper or something it would be okay. But as a general rule your right. I think in PA it is only 4 lights max or something, so driving (headlights) and fogs. but I dont know exactly, or for NJ :thumb:

et43011 10-21-2011 04:09 PM

Okay, I planed on getting fogs on my bummper, for on the road, and the a light bar with maybe 4 lights for offroad riding, think that'd be okay?
Thanks for the help

XJ Knight 10-21-2011 04:13 PM

Pretty sure all extra lights used while driving must be bellow or at the level of the headlights.. of course im sure that very's state to state

GoldenSahara00 10-21-2011 06:49 PM

Xj is right, while driving they have to be below headlights. unless your headlights are above your headlights. if that makes sense... lol.

I was thinking a bumper or hood mounted light bar, not just windshield! but makes sense now what your saying.

Skyhawk32 10-21-2011 09:24 PM

All lights above the windshield must be covered while driving on the road

et43011 10-21-2011 09:39 PM

Thanks for all the help!
Yeah i planned on 2 fogs mounted on my bumper that i'd use for on the road(under my headlights) and then maybe an above the windshield light bar that i could use when offroad and i'd like some more light. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't going to be some stupid reason id get a ticket or something for having them. And yeah i know they have to be covered. Thank you all! Can't wait to start adding some stuff :)

Nottusyeroc 10-22-2011 12:08 PM

Every light law in Jersey right here. Then under NJAC 13:20-37.3 it states that
"Off-road lights must be covered while operating on public roads"
for more info call any of these sites

Specialty Inspection Sites: Winslow, 609.567.0646; Morristown, 973.631.6578; Asbury Park, 732.869.8328

39:3-51. Auxiliary driving lamps

Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed two auxiliary driving lamps mounted on the front at a height not less than twelve inches nor more than forty-two inches above the level surface upon which the vehicle stands, and every such auxiliary driving lamp or lamps shall be so aimed and used that no part of the high-intensity portion of the beam will be directed to the left of the prolongation of the extreme left side of the vehicle nor more than one hundred feet ahead of the vehicle.

39:3-53. Spot lamps

Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed one spot lamp but the use of any such spot lamp for driving purposes is prohibited and every lighted spot lamp shall be so aimed and used so as not to be dazzling or glaring to any person.

At the times when lighted lamps are required, at least 2 lighted driving lamps shall be displayed, an equal number on each side of the front of every motor vehicle other than a motor cycle and other than a motor-drawn vehicle except when such vehicle is parked subject to the provisions governing lights on parked vehicles or is flashing vehicular traffic hazard warning signals as provided for in sections 39:3-54 and 39:3-64. Whenever a motor vehicle equipped with headlamps as in this article required is also equipped with auxiliary lamps or a spot lamp or any other lamp on the front thereof projecting a beam of an intensity greater than 300 candlepower, not more than a total of 4 of any such lamps on the front of a vehicle shall be lighted at any one time when upon a highway.
Amended by L.1964, c. 136, s. 5.

39:3-61.1. Mounting of lamps and reflectors

Lamps and reflectors required by section 39:3-61 shall be mounted on a vehicle as follows:
(a) Every lamp and every reflector shall be permanently and securely mounted in a workmanlike manner on a permanent part of the vehicle.
(b) When two lamps or two reflectors of the same type are required on the front or on the rear of a vehicle, they shall be mounted at the same level and spaced as widely laterally as practicable.
(c) The mounted height of a lamp or reflector shall be measured from the center thereof to the level surface upon which the vehicle stands.
(d) Headlamps shall be so mounted that their beams are readily adjustable, both vertically and horizontally, and their aim is not readily disturbed by ordinary conditions of service. The mounted height of headlamps shall be not more than 54 inches nor less than 24 inches, but these height requirements shall not apply to trucks prepared for snowplowing.
(e) The mounted height of tail lamps shall be not more than 72 inches nor less than 15 inches; eye-level tail lamps may be mounted outside the passenger vehicle; provided their height does not exceed 72 inches. Rear lamps may be mounted higher than 72 inches on any vehicle designed for carrying flammable liquids as a cargo.
(f) Clearance lamps shall be mounted to indicate the extreme width and height of the vehicle so far as is practicable, except that on a truck tractor, they shall be mounted to indicate the extreme width of the cab. On flatbed vehicles and vehicles designed for carrying flammable liquids, rear clearance lamps may be located on the chassis, and front clearance lamps may be located on the cab of trucks or truck tractors or the vehicle's chassis, provided the lamps are clearly visible from a distance of 500 feet in the direction set forth therefor.
(g) Side-marker lamps may be mounted at optional height on the side of a vehicle.
(h) Turn signals required on the rear of a truck tractor not equipped with double-faced turn signals on or near the front shall be mounted on the rear in a manner to be visible to passing drivers.
(i) Identification lamps shall be mounted on the front and rear of the vehicle as close as practicable to the vertical center line of the vehicle, and shall be grouped in a horizontal row, with lamp centers spaced not less than six nor more than 12 inches apart; provided, however, that where the cab is not more than 42 inches wide at the front roof line, a single identification lamp at the center line of the cab shall be deemed to comply with the requirements for front identification lamps. No part of front identification lamps or their mountings may extend below the top of the vehicle windshield. Rear identification lamps on a truck, trailer, or semi-trailer need not be lighted if they are obscured by another vehicle towed by the truck or in the same combination of vehicles.
(j) The mounted height of reflectors shall be not less than 20 inches nor more than 60 inches. Every reflector shall be so installed in a workmanlike manner as to perform its function adequately, and to provide maximum stability and minimum likelihood of damage. Any reflector otherwise properly mounted may be securely installed on flexible strapping or belting; provided that under conditions of normal operation it reflects light in the required direction.
(k) The director in his discretion may prescribe additional requirements for mounting lamps or reflectors on vehicles, provided they are not inconsistent with the provisions of this article.
L.1964, c. 136, s. 7. Amended by L.1983, c. 59, s. 1, eff. Feb. 7, 1983; L.1984, c. 145, s. 1, eff. Sept. 8, 1984.

39:3-47 Improper lighting equipment; altering equipment $47
39:3-47a Failure to use headlights with wipers $47
39:3-49 Inadequate headlights $47
39:3-50 Unauthorized use of certain colored lights $47
39:3-51 Improper auxiliary driving lamps $47
39:3-52 Improper additional lighting equipment and use thereof $47
39:3-53 Improper spot lamps $47
39:3-54 Miscellaneous improper lights $47
39:3-55 Improper operation with alternate road lighting equipment $47
39:3-56 Operating without at least two front lighted lamps $47
39:3-57 Improper single beam lighting $47
39:3-58 Improper multiple beam headlights $47
39:3-59 No light beam indicator $47
39:3-60 Improper use of high and low headlight beams $47
39:3-61 Failure to equip motor vehicle with lamps and reflectors required $47
39:3-61.1 Improper mounting of lamps and reflectors $47
39:3-61.2 Improper combination of lighting devices and reflectors $47
39:3-61.3 Improper stop lamps $47
39:3-61.4 Improper placement and use of red lamps and flags on overhanging $47
39:3-62 Unlit lamps on parked vehicle $47
39:3-64 Improper emergency warning light equipment $47
39:3-64.3 Failure of itinerant vendor to flash signals when stopped for $47
transacting business
39:3-65 Failure to equip farm machinery and other vehicles with lamps $47
39:3-66 Failure to maintain lamps $47

xShMaCkBoYx 10-23-2011 01:48 PM

What I did in the past was to wire them with a boat trailer harness so I could disconnect and hide the wires, so that I could prove they were inoperatable when I got pulled over. then connected them when I went off-raod.


et43011 10-23-2011 01:57 PM

Wow! Haha thanks for the info!
And that sounds like a really good idea, i might try that
Thank you for the help

Nottusyeroc 10-23-2011 05:05 PM

I've never really heard of people having problems with to many lights that and it looks to be only a 47 dollar ticket.

RB-10rubicon 10-23-2011 06:50 PM

I ride around all the time with my lights uncovered i got to piaa 520 on the bumper and piaa 540 on the winsheild and never had a problem .as long as your useing them without blinding people on back country roads .the cops shouldnt bother you

Jerseyjk07 11-17-2011 08:41 AM


Originally Posted by Skyhawk32 (Post 1680626)
All lights above the windshield must be covered while driving on the road

wrong, this regulation has been removed for the past few years. it was taken away about when Nissan Exterra came out. they have over head lights and are not covered.

No regulation in NJAC requires them to be covered.

Jerseyjk07 11-17-2011 08:50 AM

[QUOTE=Nottusyeroc;1681852]Every light law in Jersey right here. Then under NJAC 13:20-37.3 it states that
"Off-road lights must be covered while operating on public roads"
for more info call any of these sites [QUOTE]

This statment is for elevated vehicles ONLY! if your stock, there is no regulation governing them to be covered.

and your going to quote NJAC, try it this way.

"All lighting equipment shall meet the standards of the Society of Automotive Engineers and auxiliary off-road lights shall be equipped with opaque covers which shall be used to completely block any light at all times when the vehicle is operated on public roads"

I have 8" KC Rally's on my windshield, for 5 years! not once have i been stopped or questioned! even when inspection was required i went to the special inspection office an manahawkin and they said it was not an issue any longer.

Nottusyeroc 11-17-2011 10:38 AM

Like I said never heard of anyone having trouble with to many lights. That was copied and pasted from mudboy on another forum from a few years ago.

Mudboy 12-09-2011 07:59 AM

Yeah I hate off road lights, so I have done alot of research on the legality of them. Most morons who buy them have no morals. It's bad enough mosty people on the trails don't even shut theyre high beams off on the trails.

Peepers 12-09-2011 08:08 AM

I've had them for almost 2 years in ct with no problems. Biggest thing is don't give them a reason to bust you for it, and they won't bother you. I only used them on those roads where you haven't seen a street light for several miles, the last car passed over 5 minutes ago, and I can't see crap...

Another way to set it up would be that they only come on when your high beams are on. Then when you would turn your high beams off, they shut off.

Mudboy 12-09-2011 08:43 AM

problem is half the people in teh woods around here don't turn their damn highbeams off on the trails when youre coming towards them. lol

Nottusyeroc 12-10-2011 10:06 PM

Yea your better off putting them on the back so when it's dark and you end up in a tight place you can turn them on to see behind you. Jeep reverse lights are terrible

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