Lighting laws in Kentucky
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Department of Transportation
189.030 Time when lights must be on.
(1) Headlamps, when required on a vehicle, shall be illuminated:
(a) During the period from one-half (1/2)hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise; and
(b) At such other times as atmospheric conditions render visibility as low as or lower than is ordinarily the case during that period.
(2) Provisions as to distances that lights must be visible refer to visibility under ordinary atmospheric conditions.
189.040 Front lights -- Flashing lights.
(1) Every motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle or moped, shall be equipped with at least two (2) headlamps with at least one
(1) on each side of the front of the motor vehicle, which headlamps shall comply with the requirements and limitations set forth in this section.
(2) Every motorcycle and moped shall be equipped with at least one (1) and not more than two (2) headlamps which shall comply with the requirements and limitations of this section
A motor vehicle, motorcycle, or moped shall only be equipped with headlamps that meet United States Department of Transportation regulations. (12) A motor vehicle, motorcycle, or moped shall not be retrofitted with a headlamp that appears to emit a solid color of light other than white.
189.070 Motor vehicles to carry and use required flares or similar signals.
(1) A person shall not operate any commercial motor vehicle upon a highway outside of a business or residence district at any time from one-half (1/2) hour before sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise unless that vehicle carries the number and type of flares, electric lanterns, or other signals which the Department of Vehicle Regulation shall by regulation require
Any motor vehicle used as a towing unit where two (2) lamps displaying red lights are not obscured by the towed unit or its load may be equipped with two (2) lamps displaying red lights on the towed unit, the towing unit, or both.
Sec. 14-137-101. Allowable colors Any light visible from a motor vehicle shall not be of a color except as follows:
(a) Any light visible from the front of the vehicle shall be white, yellow or amber;
(b) Any light visible from the forwardmost edge of the rear tire of the vehicle to the front of the vehicle shall be amber or yellow;
(c) Any light visible from the forwardmost edge of the rear tire of the vehicle to the rear of the vehicle shall be red; and
(d) Any light visible from the rear of the vehicle shall be red or amber.
189.045 Flashing lights prohibited near highway. No person shall install or maintain a red, yellow, green or similarly colored flashing light within one hundred (100) feet of the right-of-way of a state maintained highway for any purposes other than safety, highway construction, or emergency purposes.
Headlights: 2 minimum
- minimum height: 24 inches
- maximum height: 54 inches