• A vehicle lamp or illuminating device, other than a headlamp, spot lamps, auxiliary lamp, turn signal lamp, that projects a beam of light of an intensity greater than 300 candlepower must be so directed that the beam will not strike the level of the road at a distance of more than 75 feet from the vehicle.
  • A person may not use a vehicle equipped with a red, white, or blue beacon, flashing, or alternating light.
  • In addition to at least two headlights and two tail lights, vehicles in Texas are allowed to have additional lighting including not more than two fog lights (see below).
  • Texas headlights laws

    Lighting laws in Texas

    TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CODE

    TITLE 7. VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC

    SUBTITLE C. RULES OF THE ROAD

    CHAPTER 547. VEHICLE EQUIPMENT

    SUBCHAPTER D. GENERAL PROVISIONS REGARDING LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS

    Department of Transportation Department of Transportation


    547.302. DUTY TO DISPLAY LIGHTS

    (a) A vehicle shall display each lighted lamp and illuminating device required by this chapter to be on the vehicle:

    1) at nighttime; and

    2) when light is insufficient or atmospheric conditions are unfavorable so that a person or vehicle on the highway is not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead.

    (b) A signaling device, including a stoplamp or a turn signal lamp, shall be lighted as prescribed by this chapter.

    (c) At least one lighted lamp shall be displayed on each side of the front of a motor vehicle.

    (d) Not more than four of the following may be lighted at one time on the front of a motor vehicle:

    1) a headlamp required by this chapter; or

    2) a lamp, including an auxiliary lamp or spotlamp, that projects a beam with an intensity brighter than 300 candlepower.

    Colors Restrictions Colors Restrictions


    547.305. RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF LIGHTS

    (a) Unless expressly provided otherwise, a lighting device or reflector mounted on the rear of a vehicle must be or reflect red.

    (b) A signaling device mounted on the rear of a vehicle may be red, amber, or yellow.

    547.305. RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF LIGHTS

    (b) Except as expressly authorized by law, a person may not operate or move equipment or a vehicle, other than a police vehicle, with a lamp or device that displays a red light visible from directly in front of the center of the equipment or vehicle.

    (c) A person may not operate a motor vehicle equipped with a red, white, or blue beacon, flashing, or alternating light unless the equipment is:

    1) used as specifically authorized by this chapter; or

    2) a running lamp, headlamp, taillamp, backup lamp, or turn signal lamp that is used as authorized by law.

    Sec. 547.306. LED GROUND EFFECT LIGHTING EQUIPMENT ON MOTORCYCLE.

    (a) In this section, "LED ground effect lighting equipment" means light emitting diode (LED) technology that is attached to the underbody of a motorcycle for the purpose of illuminating:

    1) the body of the motorcycle; or

    2) the ground below the motorcycle.

    (b) A person may operate a motorcycle equipped with LED ground effect lighting that emits a non-flashing amber or white light.

    Equipment Restricted Equipment Restricted


    547.305. RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF LIGHTS

    (d) A vehicle may be equipped with alternately flashing lighting equipment described by Section 547.701 or 547.702 only if the vehicle is:

    a school bus;

    an authorized emergency vehicle;

    church bus that has the words “church bus” printed on the front and rear of the bus so as to be clearly discernable to other vehicle operators;

    a tow truck while under the direction of a law enforcement officer at the scene of an accident or while hooking up to a disabled vehicle on a roadway;

    or a tow truck with a mounted light bar, which has turn signals and stop lamps in addition to those required by Sections 547.322, 547.323, and 547.324, Transportation Code.

    (e) A person may not operate highway maintenance or service equipment, including snow-removal equipment, that is not equipped with lamps or that does not display lighted lamps is required by the standards and specifications adapted by the Texas Department of Transportation.

    Sec. 547.326. MINIMUM LIGHTING EQUIPMENT REQUIRED.

    (a) A vehicle that is not specifically required to be equipped with lamps or other lighting devices shall be equipped at the times specified in Section 547.302(a) with at least one lamp that emits a white light visible at a distance of at least 1,000 feet from the front and:

    1) two lamps that emit a red light visible at a distance of at least 1,000 feet from the rear;

    2) one lamp that emits a red light visible at a distance of at least 1,000 feet from the rear and two red reflectors visible when illuminated by the lawful lower beams of headlamps at all distances from 100 to 600 feet to the rear.

    b) This section also applies to an animal-drawn vehicle and a vehicle exempted from this chapter by Section 547.002.

    Other Rules Other Rules


    Headlights: 2 minimum

    • minimum height: 24 inches
    • maximum height: 54 inches

    Tail lights: 2 minimum

    • minimum height: 15 inches
    • maximum height: 72 inches

    Spot lights: 2 maximum

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

    Fog lights: 2 maximum

    • minimum height: 12 inches
    • maximum height: 30 inches

    Auxiliary passing lights: 2 maximum

    • minimum height: 24 inches
    • maximum height: 42 inches

    Auxiliary driving lights: 2 maximum

    • minimum height: 16 inches
    • maximum height: 42 inches

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