WHERE CAN I PUT MY LED LIGHTBAR?
Date Posted:12 February 2018
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that LED driving lights and lightbars have become extremely popular within the 4x4 and commercial communities, and for great reason. Not only do they create iris burning amounts of light but they can also set off that “look” we all know you love from a well built rig! BUT, it is so important to consider the legalities before fitting them to your vehicle.
You see each state enacts its own road rules, so rather then working together on a national scale each states legislation for driving lights will be different. For the purpose of this writeup we are going to solely focus on Queensland’s legislation.
The below information below comes from TMR QLD Website:
Vehicle Standards Instruction (Light 15.3)
Driving Lamps including Light Emitting Diode (LED) light bars on light vehicles
Released May 2013 Updated September 2015 (replacing G15.1)
This instruction only applies to light vehicles in Queensland, excluding heavy vehicles, motor bikes and motor trikes. Check to ensure the fitting of driving lamps complies with other jurisdictions requirements before travelling interstate. The fitting of driving lamps, including LED light bars is permitted in Queensland. The following instructions provide advice on the fitting of driving lamps and associated mounting brackets.
- In addition to the mandatory headlights, a maximum of four driving lamps may be fitted as an optional accessory to a light vehicle. An LED light bar is considered to be one lamp if all of the LEDs in the bar operate together.
- Driving lamps must be installed symmetrically from the longitudinal centre line of the vehicle. If driving lamps are not fitted as pairs (e.g. one or three) they must also be fitted symmetrically about the longitudinal centre line of the vehicle.
- Driving lamps may be fitted above the roof line. The driving lamps must be fitted to the front half of the vehicle, when measured from the front to the rearmost point of the vehicle.
- Driving lamp/s must not be in the driver’s line of sight and must be installed in a way that the light produced does not cause the driver of the vehicle discomfort from glare either directly or by reflection.
- The placement of driving lamps and associated brackets must not increase the risk of injury to pedestrians. Driving lamps must not be fitted to the top of a bull bar above the forward bonnet line, or protruding forward of the bumper bar or bull bar in a way which would adversely change the profile of the impact zone.
- The lamp/s must be wired through a switch so they can only come on when the main-beam (high beam) headlamps are turned on, and must automatically turn off when the main-beam headlamps are turned off. The switch must be wired so that the driving lamps can be switched off while the main-beam headlamps remain on.
Further Information Under the Road Rules, driving lamps must not be used in a manner that will dazzle another driver. Refer to the related documents below for more information on the Road Rules.
For further information about the vehicle standards for fitting driving lamps, please contact Vehicle Standards and Modification Advice on (07) 3114 5844 Monday to Friday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm. Related
Documents Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Vehicle Standards and Safety) Regulation 2010
Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Road Rules) Regulation 2009
Australian Design Rule 13/00 Installation of Lighting and Light Signalling Devices on other than LGroup Vehicles
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator VSG1 – Driving lamps
Legislation varies from in each State and Territory, if you are unsure always check with your local regulatory authority before fitting lights.
If you would like to know more about the Base6 LED Driving light options, or where you nearest Base6 Distributor is please contact:
OzLED 07 3205 4355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org