LED light bars complement dimly lit areas, helping drivers improve vision and visibility in the dark. But, are LED light bars legal in Oregon?
If you are an adventure lover, you will find that almost all LED light bars are for off-road use only. These LED light bars are made in point light and flood mode, allowing you to see obstacles one step ahead of your car's lighting system. They are instrumental in low-light situations. If you're planning an adventure on off-road trails off the beaten track or driving where there are no street lights, an LED light bar can legally be on your build list.
Even for off-road use, LED light bars must comply with DOT standards. Generally, there will be a DOT logo on the light. This effectively excludes off-road lights that DOT does not normally evaluate.
Are LED Light Bars Street Legal in Oregon? No.
Although many state laws do not specifically cover LED light bars, they would often classify LED off-road lights as "auxiliary lights. Auxiliary lights are divided into the fog, running, and off-road lights.."
Oregon law states: Auxiliary lights on a vehicle must be installed at the 54 inches' height or less above the level where the car stands before it can be legally used on the road. Auxiliary lights mounted above 54 inches are subject to any use restrictions of ORS 811.515 and 811.520.
It is illegal to drive on the street with the LED light bar on in Oregon. In fact, it's not just Oregon. In most states, vehicles on the highway must use the cover even if the LED light bar is off. These covers ensure that the lights do not distract oncoming drivers even if they are accidentally turned on while driving.
So while LED light bars are encouraged when driving off-road, it is dangerous to use them on public roads.