• Any lighted lamp or illuminating device on a vehicle other than headlamps, spot lamps, auxiliary lamps flashing front direction signals which projects a beam of an intensity greater than 3770 lumens shall 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.
  • No person shall drive any vehicle on any highway with any lamp displaying any color of light visible from directly in front of the center except white or amber. Red and blue flashing lights are not permitted on passenger vehicles. Red flashing warning lights attached to the Class A vehicles shall be operated only when responding to and engaged in handling an emergency.
  • Any vehicle as a means for indicating right or left turn, or any vehicle as a means for indicating the same is disabled or otherwise stopped for an emergency may have a blinking or flashing lights. Hazard lights may be used by vehicles in emergency situations. An operator of a motorcycle may use the following auxiliary lighting: amber and white illumination, standard bulb running lights, or light-emitting diode pods and strips. Roof mounted off-road lights are allowed as long as the lights are covered while the vehicle is driven on the street.
  • West Virginia headlights laws

    Lighting laws in West Virginia

    2005 West Virginia Code

    CHAPTER 17C. — TRAFFIC REGULATIONS AND LAWS OF THE ROAD

    Department of Transportation Department of Transportation


    §17C-15-4. Head lamps on motor vehicles.

    (a) Every motor vehicle other than a motorcycle, motor- driven cycle or moped shall be equipped with at least two head lamps with at least one on each side of the front of the motor vehicle, which head lamps shall comply with the requirements and limitations set forth in this article.

    (b) Every motorcycle, motor-driven cycle and moped shall be equipped with at least one and not more than two head lamps which shall comply with the requirements and limitations of this article.

    (c) Every head lamp upon every motor vehicle, including every motorcycle, motor-driven cycle and moped, shall be located at a height measured from the center of the head lamp of not more than fifty-four inches nor less than twenty-four inches to be measured as set forth in section three of this article.

    Colors Restrictions Colors Restrictions


    §17C-15-10. Color of clearance lamps, side marker lamps and reflectors.

    (a) Front clearance lamps and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the front or on the side near the front of a vehicle shall display or reflect an amber color.

    (b) Rear clearance lamps and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the rear or on the sides near the rear of a vehicle shall display or reflect a red color.

    (c) All lighting devices and reflectors mounted on the rear of any vehicle shall display or reflect a red color, except the stop light or other signal device, which may be red, amber, or yellow, and except that the light illuminating the license plate or the light emitted by a back-up light shall be white.

    §17C-15-26. Special restrictions on lamps.

    (b) No person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment upon any highway with any lamp or device thereon displaying other than a white or amber light visible from directly in front of the center thereof except as authorized by subsection (d) of this section.

    (d) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, the following colors of flashing warning lights are restricted for the use of the type of vehicle designated:

    1) Blue flashing warning lights are restricted to police vehicles. Authorization for police vehicles shall be designated by the chief administrative official of each police department.

    2) Except for standard vehicle equipment authorized by section nineteen of this article, red flashing warning lights are restricted to ambulances; firefighting vehicles; hazardous material response vehicles; industrial fire brigade vehicles; school buses; West Virginia Department of Agriculture emergency response vehicles; Class A vehicles, as defined by section one, article ten, chapter seventeen-a of this code, of those firefighters who are authorized by their fire chiefs to have the lights.

    Equipment Restricted Equipment Restricted


    §17C-15-9. Additional lighting and reflector equipment required on certain vehicles.

    In addition to other equipment required in this chapter the following vehicles shall be equipped as herein stated under the conditions stated in section eight of this article.

    (a) On every bus or truck, whatever its size, there shall be the following:

    On the rear, two reflectors, one at each side, and one stop light.

    (b) On every bus or truck eighty inches or more in overall width, in addition to the requirements in paragraph (a):

    On the front, two clearance lamps, one at each side.

    On the rear, two clearance lamps, one at each side.

    On each side, two side marker lamps, one at or near the front and one at or near the rear.

    On each side, two reflectors, one at or near the front and one at or near the rear.

    (c) On every truck tractor:

    On the front, two clearance lamps, one at each side.

    On the rear, one stop light.

    (d) On every trailer or semitrailer having a gross weight in excess of three thousand pounds:

    On the front, two clearance lamps, one at each side.

    On each side, two side marker lamps, one at or near the front and one at or near the rear.

    On each side, two reflectors, one at or near the front and one at or near the rear.

    On the rear, two clearance lamps, one at each side, also two reflectors, one at each side, and one stop light.

    (e) On every pole trailer in excess of three thousand pounds gross weight:

    On each side, one side marker lamp and one clearance lamp which may be in combination, to show to the front, side, and rear.

    On the rear of the pole trailer or load, two reflectors, one at each side.

    (f) On every trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer weighing three thousand pounds gross or less:

    On the rear, two reflectors, one on each side. If any trailer or semitrailer is so loaded or is of such dimensions as to obscure the stop light on the towing vehicle, then such vehicle shall also be equipped with one stop light.

    Other Rules Other Rules


    Headlights: 2 minimum

    • minimum height: 24 inches
    • maximum height: 44 inches

    Tail lights: 1 minimum

    • minimum height: 20 inches
    • maximum height: 60 inches

    Spot lights: 1 maximum

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

    Fog lights: 2 maximum

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

    Auxiliary passing lights: 1 maximum

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

    Auxiliary driving lights: 1 maximum

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

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