Are LED headlights legal?

I see BC Transit buses have converted their big bus fleet to LED headlights.

Are they now legal?

Just an observation, most are poorly aimed and prone to blinding on-coming drivers.

LED Head Lamps

If a driver is confronted by a situation where an approaching or following vehicle has, what the driver feels, are poorly aimed or illegal headlights or auxillary lights, and they can obtain the license plate number, can they not make a report to the RCMP and have the police follow up on it?  To me this would seem to be the logical course, as now the driver of the offending vehicle may be ordered to have it inspected. 

This is a pretty touchy

This is a pretty touchy subject with me,and what I can conclude up to this point is,it will get worse, before the issue of forward lighting on vehicles gets addressed.It seems that no one in a position of addressing the issue, is willing to take any steps to address the problems associated with recent lighting systems.Consider this,we now have 3 worlds colliding to create a real problem for all drivers.The first being the endless escalation of wattage and intensity of lights available.Second is the the belief that if you have fog lights,you must drive with them on at all times,regardless of the conditions,or circumstances.The third , is the trend to raise the ride height of vehicles,and also include the first two issues,and make sure not to adjust the lights to compensate for the aditional ride hieght. This will  ensure any oncomiming vehicle will be made aware of your disregard for other people,on your personal roadways.So the question is, at what point will it get addressed? Hopefully through enforcement,or maybe at some point, ICBC will take some interest in addressing the matter.If there are already laws in place regarding this ,what then is the limit that people can exceed the standards already set out by the MVA.As of now,many vehicles use 4 lights on the low beam circuit,and increase the wattage of all 4 lights.Recently people are adding a center light bar in the grill,that on its own produces more wattage than the factory high beam system.So will 6 or 8 be allowed to slide also?Maybe strap a few across the roof for good measure.A key point people miss is that even if these lights are properly adjusted,when coming around a corner, or cresting over a hill,the shear wattage is detriment to oncomming traffic.Maybe some one from ICBC or Law enforcement can offer whether this issue is of concern to them.

Answer

I have no doubt that they will be if there aren't any that meet standards now.

A quick search of the internet finds that General Electric is producing a Nighthawk brand replacement sealed beam that is listed as DOT compliant in their sales literature. It is marked SAE HL. The price on Amazon.com looks to be about $300 US each, so the retrofit promises to be expensive. These should be legal for use on BC highways.

Retrofitting a non-sealed beam system is likely another question entirely. I am currently unaware of any replacement bulb to convert a filament bulb housing to LED, even though there are plenty of companies that would be happy to sell you some. Again, it is a question of DOT/SAE approval and even then you cannot rely on some of these items not be have been marked that way even though they don't comply with standards. The word eBay comes to mind here.

If you were to go to an auto parts supplier and have them refuse to write on your purchase invoice that the lights you are buying are legal for use on the highway in BC, I would be concerned about making the purchase.

 

LED lights

Recently I have noticed quite an increase of vehicles using LED Lights. Quite frankly the use of these lights really do not appear to make the highway ahead more visible to a driver but they are almost TOO BRIGHT for oncoming drivers.

It seems to me that the availability of these expensive lights are another ploy by manufactures to increase their bottom line, at the expense of a guilible public.

 

 

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