• When a vehicle is on a highway no more than a total of four lights mounted on the front of a vehicle shall be lighted; the intensity of each not exceeding 300 candlepower. The intensity of the light of single beam headlights shall be sufficient to reveal a person and vehicle on a street or highway at a distance of at least 200 feet ahead of the vehicle.
  • Headlights shall show a white light. Front turn signal lights may be white or amber. Rear turn signal may be red, amber or yellow. Forward side reflectors and intermediate side reflectors shall be amber.
  • The emitted light from all lamps and the reflected light from all reflectors, visible from in front of a vehicle, shall be white or yellow. All lamps and reflectors visible from the front, sides, or rear of a vehicle, except headlamps, may have any unlighted color, shall be red.
  • Spotlights, fog lights, auxiliary passing lights as well as auxiliary driving lights are allowed, the number is not restricted.
  • Oregon headlights laws

    Lighting laws in Oregon

    2015 Oregon Revised Statutes

    Vol.17 Utilities, Vehicle Code, Watercraft, Aviation, Constitutions

    Title 59 Oregon Vehicle Code

    Chapter 816: Vehicle Equipment; Lights

    Department of Transportation Department of Transportation


    816.050 Headlights; rules.

    1) On vehicles required to be equipped with two or more headlights under ORS 816.320 and 816.330 the headlights shall be equally distributed on each side of the front of the vehicle. This subsection does not apply to motorcycles and mopeds.

    2) Headlights shall show a continuously burning light except that:

    (a) When permitted under ORS 814.320, headlights for motorcycles or mopeds may have an upper beam that can be modulated between a high and lower brightness at a rate of 200 to 280 pulses per minute.

    (b) A federally approved headlight flashing system may be used as emergency vehicle lights on police, fire, emergency or ambulance vehicles.

    3) Headlights shall show a white light described in Standard Number 108 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

    4) Headlights shall show the light forward.

    5) The Department of Transportation shall adopt and enforce rules establishing minimum standards and specifications for headlights. The rules shall conform, insofar as practicable, to safety standards and specifications for vehicle lighting issued by the federal government or to standards and recommendations established by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

    6) When multiple beam headlights are used or when headlights are used in combination with auxiliary lights or passing lights, the lights shall be arranged on the vehicle so that the selection between distributions of light projected to different elevations may be selected by the driver at will or so that the selection can be made automatically.

    7) Headlights shall be aimed in accordance with rules adopted by the department. If headlights provide only a single distribution of light and are not supplemented by auxiliary lights, the single beam headlights shall be so aimed that when the vehicle is not loaded, none of the high intensity portion of the light shall, at a distance of 25 feet ahead of the vehicle, project higher than five inches below the level of the center of the lamp from which it comes, or higher than 42 inches above the level on which the vehicle stands at a distance of 75 feet ahead of the vehicle.

    8) The intensity of the light of single beam headlights shall be sufficient to reveal persons and vehicles upon a street or highway at a distance of at least 200 feet ahead of the vehicle to which they are attached.

    9) Headlights that are required under ORS 816.320 and 816.330 must be mounted, adjusted and aimed in accordance with standards adopted by the department under ORS 816.010.

    10) Headlights that are required under ORS 816.320 and 816.330 and any part for such headlight that tends to change the original design or performance must be of a type that complies with standards adopted by the department under ORS 816.010.

    11) Single beam headlights that are not supplemented by auxiliary lights shall be permitted on a motor vehicle in lieu of multiple beam headlights only if the single distribution of lights complies with any requirements for single beam headlights under this section.

    Colors Restrictions Colors Restrictions


    816.120 Turn signals.

    3) The following types of turn signals shall have the color of light indicated:

    (a) Front turn signal lights may be white or amber.

    (b) Rear turn signal lights may be red, amber or yellow. If the rear turn signal is red, the motor vehicle was manufactured before 1959 and the turn signal is combined with the taillight in a taillight assembly, the assembly may contain an insert as described under ORS 816.080.

    816.180 Reflectors.Each of the following is a requirement for reflectors as indicated:

    1) The following are the colors for the indicated type of reflector:

    (a) Rear reflectors and rearward side reflectors shall be red.

    816.190 Marker lights.

    2) The following are the colors for the indicated type of marker lights:

    (a) Rearward side marker lights shall be red.

    (b) Forward side marker lights and intermediate side marker lights shall be amber.

    816.200 Clearance lights.

    2) The following are the colors for indicated type of clearance lights:

    (a) Front clearance lights shall be amber.

    (b) Rear clearance lights shall be red.

    Equipment Restricted Equipment Restricted


    816.320 Lighting equipment required for motor vehicles.

    1) A motor vehicle shall be equipped with all of the following in addition to any other requirements under this section:

    (a) Headlights. Motor vehicles other than motorcycles or mopeds shall be equipped with at least two. Motorcycles or mopeds shall be equipped with at least one.

    (b) Taillights. Motor vehicles other than motorcycles shall be equipped with two taillights. Motorcycles are only required to be equipped with one taillight.

    (c) Registration plate light.

    (d) Brake lights. Motor vehicles other than motorcycles and mopeds shall be equipped with at least two brake lights. Motorcycles and mopeds are only required to be equipped with one brake light.

    (e) Turn signal lights.

    (f) Rear reflectors.

    (3) The motor vehicles described in this subsection shall be equipped with forward and rearward side reflectors on each side of the vehicle and forward and rearward side marker lights on each side of the vehicle in addition to any requirements under subsection (1) of this section. This subsection applies to the following vehicles:

    (a) School buses.

    (b) Worker transport buses.

    (c) Vehicles used in transportation of persons for hire by a nonprofit entity.

    (d) A bus being operated for transporting children to and from religious services or an activity or function authorized by the religious organization.

    (e) Commercial buses.

    (f) Motor trucks with a registration weight in excess of 8,000 pounds.

    (6) Every motor vehicle that has multiple-beam lighting equipment shall be equipped with a high beam indicator.

    Other Rules Other Rules


    Headlights: 2 minimum

    • minimum height: n/a
    • maximum height: n/a

    Tail lights: 2 minimum

    • minimum height: n/a
    • maximum height: n/a

    Spot lights: ALLOWED

    • minimum height: n/a
    • maximum height: n/a

    Fog lights: ALLOWED

    • minimum height: n/a
    • maximum height: n/a

    Auxiliary passing lights: ALLOWED

    • minimum height: n/a
    • maximum height: 54 inches

    Auxiliary driving lights: ALLOWED

    • minimum height: n/a
    • maximum height: 54 inches

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