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Old 02-23-2015, 05:50 AM
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Aftermarket Light Laws in Indiana

Fellow Indiana Jeepers!!!

I have a question about the legal side of running your aftermarket lights when not offroading. For instance, If I get 2 led "spot lights" on the sides of my vehicle and then a 50" led light bar on the top of my windsheild are they legal to run on the road, when just running on the highway at night?

I am going to assume that this is ok, as I have seen several before. And even if there is state law against it, I am sure its not a huge issue that cops are pressing to pull you over.

Was just wondering the legality of all of it.

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Being somewhat of an "old guy", and living in Indiana most of my life, my opinion MIGHT help you make a good decision on this.

My old TJ had a set of KC Slimlights and the KC fogs and (obviously) factory head lights. Sometimes when we had poor visibility, and I was on the highway relatively late at night I would run all of them. It did make a huge difference!! More than once I was able to see deer as they were walking along the side of the road/ coming from the woods BEFORE they got in front of the JEEP. I was never been stopped for using them, and a couple times it also showed me the trooper or sheriffs car far enough away that I COULD have slowed down if I needed to but, TJs aren't that fast. Of course when I saw another vehicle (like the trooper or sheriffs car) I immediately began to turn off what wasn't "stock".

I recently installed a "small" 20" light bar on the front of my JK......bottom line...I won't be turnning it on "in town", or anywhere else where another vehicle might be blinded by it!!

FWIW I give MOST of the LEOs around here, and I know a few and a few are Jeepers, the benefit of the doubt, that if we are using the Jeep and its capabilities "sensibly" they will also be "sensible". But if you do things that are "unsafe" or could cause an issue for other drivers, yeah they are gonna stop ya.

Of course there is the random one that gets the complaint from their friend about the guy lighting up his bedroom when he comes home from work with his off road lights and gets his buddy (the LEO) to wait for ya....but that kinda goes back to the being sensible part........
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I believe in Indiana if the lights are above the hood, you cannot run them on the road? Now, whether you get stopped for running them is an entire different story...but that is what I was always told.
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if I am reading Phills thing right 42" is the height limit?
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I will add that you are limited to 4 total lights. A pair of headlights, and an auxiliary pair such as fog lights.
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I will add that you are limited to 4 total lights. A pair of headlights, and an auxiliary pair such as fog lights.
Not splitting hairs...but when it says limited to 4...that is only refering to the number allowed to be on at one time correct?

My assumption comes from say a truck with a plow that has the "extra" lights above the plow, fogs and standard lights...or say my old TJ....as long as you don't run more than 4 at a time IDK if it is illegal to have more.....?
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I was told 20 years ago it was illegal to run any light that was above the factory headlights.
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