• The brightness of a headlight is limited to 32 candle power.
  • Color restrictions involve red and blue flashing lights, blue and green lights as well as revolving, rotating, flashing, oscillating or constantly moving the white light.
  • All lamps used on a motorcycle shall be so arranged, adjusted and operated, as to avoid dangerous glare or dazzle. A vehicle approaching from ahead within five hundred feet and from the rear within two hundred feet shall be operated so that dazzling light does not interfere with the driver of the approaching vehicle.
  • No auxiliary or additional lamps (beyond those installed at the factory) are permitted.
  • New York headlights laws

    Lighting laws in New York

    2006 New York Code - Vehicle and Traffic

    Title 3 – SAFETY RESPONSIBILITY; FINANCIAL SECURITY; EQUIPMENT; INSPECTION; SIZE AND WEIGHT; AND OTHER PROVISIONS

    Article 9 - (375 - 383) EQUIPMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES

    Department of Transportation Department of Transportation


    § 375. Equipment.

    (a) Every motor vehicle except a motorcycle, driven upon a public highway during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise or at any other time when windshield wipers are in use, as a result of rain, sleet, snow, hail or other unfavorable atmospheric condition, and at such other times as visibility for a distance of one thousand feet ahead of such motor vehicle is not clear, shall display:

    1. at least two lighted head lamps on the front, one on each side, having light sources of equal power;

    2. if manufactured prior to January first, nineteen hundred fifty-two, at least one lighted lamp on the rear which shall display a red light visible from the rear for a distance of at least five hundred feet;

    3. if manufactured on or after January first, nineteen hundred fifty-two, at least two lighted lamps on the rear, one on each side, which lamps shall display a red light visible from the rear for a distance of at least one thousand feet; and

    4. if required to display a number plate on the rear, a white light which shall illuminate the numerals on such plate in such manner as to render such numerals legible for at least fifty feet from the rear. The provisions of this subparagraph shall also apply to trailers.

    (b) All lamps used on a motor vehicle except a motorcycle shall be so arranged, adjusted and operated, as to avoid dangerous glare or dazzle. The height of the beam shall be measured from the plane upon which the vehicle stands and the distance shall be measured from the lamp projecting the light.

    (c) No lamp shall be used on a motor vehicle having a light source greater than thirty-two candle power, unless such lamp is approved by the commissioner as provided by this section.

    Colors Restrictions Colors Restrictions


    § 375 (41) Colored and flashing lights.

    1. No light, other than a white light, and no revolving, rotating, flashing, oscillating or constantly moving white light shall be affixed to, or displayed on any vehicle except as prescribed herein.

    2. Red lights and certain white lights.

    One or more red or combination red and white lights, or one white light which must be a revolving, rotating, flashing, oscillating or constantly moving light, may be affixed to an authorized emergency vehicle, and such lights may be displayed on an authorized emergency vehicle when such vehicle is engaged in an emergency operation, and upon a fire vehicle while returning from an alarm of fire or other emergency.

    Equipment Restricted Equipment Restricted


    376 - Lamps, signaling devices and reflectors on vehicles.

    1. (a) It shall be unlawful to operate, drive or park a vehicle, except a motorcycle operated during the period from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, on any public highway or street in this state at any time during the day or night unless such vehicle is equipped with signaling devices and reflectors of a type approved by the commissioner which are in good working condition; or to operate, drive or park a vehicle, except a motorcycle, on any public highway or street in this state, during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, unless such vehicle is equipped with lamps of a type approved by the commissioner which are lighted and in good working condition.

    3. All lights, signals and reflectors shall be of a type and design approved by the commissioner. No light having a candlepower rating in excess of thirty-two candle power shall be used on any vehicle, unless it is of a type approved by the commissioner.

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