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    Smoked Tail lights, legal or not?

    Hello. I am considering purchasing aftermarket tail lights for my 07 civic coupe. They are the exact style as the stock ones only they use led and are smoked (tinted). I was wondering the legality of these lights as I do not want to break the law (i never speed, etc). I live in pennsylvania if that makes a difference

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    taillights have to be visible from a certain distance. Do they meet that distance?

    NYS requirement...

    3. if manufactured on or after January first, nineteen hundred
    fifty-two, at least two lighted lamps on the rear, one on each side,
    which lamps shall display a red light visible from the rear for a
    distance of at least one thousand feet;

    So are these aftermarket tail lights visible from 1,000 feet? If not, then they're not legal.
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    If you have to ask....

    Chances are it's probably not legal. ;)

    Check with the retailer and ask if the item is in compliance with state law.
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    Just ask the seller to guarentee in WRITING the lights are street legal.
    Got a feeling you will find out real quick....................
    On a clear night, I can see the other deputies emergency lights at least 10 miles away.
    But it isnt flat here LOL

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    Where I work it is illegal to apply any substances that will reduce the intensity of the original manufacturer tail lights.

    Making virtually all of the cover illegal.
    I dont usually bother with this but should you end up attracting LEO attention for any reasons with your car... you are looking for a possible citation.

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    They would be illegal in Florida.

    There is probably something on the packaging that says either "for off road use only" or "for show use only".

    While I don't go out of my way looking for that specific violation, if you did something that drew my attention that may just be one more deciding factor to stop you.
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    Illegal in PA. UNless it comes from the factory, its probably illegal.
    Here is a good website for a P.D. in PA. its got some good info

    http://www.doylestownpa.org/police/html/askacop.htm
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