Are LED Lights Illegal in Nevada?

I have seen few states have as clear-cut headlight laws as Nevada. It touches upon every minute detail so that a vehicle owner can easily perceive what to do in which condition. So, are LED lights considered illegal among all those rules and regulations? Well, most of them aren’t. Vehicles with stock headlights are legal because they need to meet the state and federal rules to be sold in the state. But what about OEM and aftermarket LED lights? That is what I shall explain today.

If you are buying new LED lights for your vehicle in Nevada, you may want to rethink your decision. They are illegal in many conditions.

Are LED Lights Illegal in Nevada

Nevada Laws About Automotive Lighting

Among the different automotive laws in Nevada, the following are related to lighting and headlights. I haven’t included some off-topic details. But if you want to know about them, check the Nevada Lift Laws and Nevada Revised Statutes.

When Headlights Should Be Lighted

  • Headlights must be on from 30-minutes after sunset to 30-minutes before sunrise.
  • Headlights must be on when there is any weathered condition or lack of light that limits you from discerning any person or vehicle within 1000 feet ahead of your vehicle.
  • You must turn on your headlights when a traffic control device is directing the vehicle.

Lumen and Lighting Limitations

  • You cannot light more than four front lamps of the vehicle while driving on the highway.
  • Any lamp mustn’t emit a light output exceeding 300 candlepower. It is 3771 lumens. So, combining your two headlights, you can only go for a maximum of 7542 lumens.

Lighting Equipment

  • A vehicle must have turn signal lights, stop lights, or any such lights equipped. But they can only be used according to the rules.
  • The taillights on a vehicle must be visible from 500 feet to the back.
  • Light from any spotlight mustn’t reach the windows or windshield of any other vehicle.
  • The flashing amber warning lights are prohibited.

You can have different types of lamps according to these rules

Lamp Type

Number

Minimum Height (Inches)

Maximum Height (Inches)

Headlights

2 minimum (At least one on each side)

24

54

Taillights

2 minimum

15

72

Fog Lights

2 maximum

12

30

Spotlights

2 maximum

Unspecified

Unspecified

Auxiliary Passing Lights

2 maximum

24

42

Auxiliary Driving Lights

2 maximum

16

42

Coloring Rules

  • Any signal light can be red, yellow, or amber.
  • License plate lights must be white.
  • Backup lamps must be white or amber.
  • Other rear lights or lights mounted on the side of the rear than the above two must be red.
  • All front marker lights, reflectors, or such lights must have an amber color.

You won’t find anything that specifically illegalizes LED lights among these laws. The only one that comes close is the intensity limit. But again, you can find many LED lights with lumens below 3771. So, let’s see what the federal law says.

Federal Rules About Headlights

The Federal Motor Vehicle Service Standards (FMVSS) prohibited modifying any part of vehicle headlights. Since it applies to all states, you can also not modify your car in Nevada. Headlight modifications include-

  • Installing LED bulbs on projector housings.
  • Installing HID bulbs on reflector housings.
  • Trimming or shaving any part of the headlight system.
  • Installing a bulb or housing that doesn’t fit your vehicle or isn’t the correct size.
  • Replacing or retrofitting any aftermarket part without DOT approval.

As you can see, if your vehicle comes with projector housings, LED bulbs aren’t an option. Yes, going for a complete OEM reflector housing replacement may do the trick. But you must find an OEM one that fits your vehicle, and it must be DOT-approved.

Other Legal Vehicle LED Lights in Nevada

I have already talked about the auxiliary, spot, and fog lights you can use on your vehicle legally in Nevada. But, they say nothing about being LED or halogen. And that Federal law only applies to headlights. So, feel free to get LED fog lights or others.

You can also get interior LED lights. But they must still be within the color approved by Nevada law. So I suggest you go with white or yellow for interior lighting.

When off-roading, these laws don’t apply. So, get bright LED headlights and LED bars for a long-distance view of the way ahead.

Final Note

You can use OEM LED headlights in Nevada as long as each doesn’t exceed 3771 lumens. Aftermarket ones are illegal, like in other states. One thing to note is that the laws about luminous intensity limits aren’t enforced properly. I am not suggesting you get too bright headlights. But if you are on the receiving end of a glaring headlight, you should stay careful and slow down a bit.

Leave a Comment