Neon Underglow Laws

New York Neon Underglow Lights Laws

Neon or more popularly called underglow lights are very popular among car enthusiasts looking to improve their car’s appearance. Though safety issues are less talked about with underglow lights, most car (or even motorcycle or truck) owners attach neon lights to their vehicles simply to make them look cooler.

Most states do restrict the color or luminosity or neon lights attached to the car, among other things. Enthusiast drivers can take things too far sometimes, so to ensure other drivers don’t get distracted by overly flashy vehicles there are legislation to prevent various modifications. For neon underglow, most of these laws are found under “Unlawful vehicle modifications” and “Lighting requirements”.

In the state of New York (NY), neon underglow lights are considered legal to use, though there are some restrictions of course. Below you can find the basic overview of guidelines pertaining to neon car lights in New York.

Are neon underglow lights legal in New York?

New York law permits any aftermarket lights as long as their color is white! NY’s vehicle equipment regulations state that lights not specifically required by law are legal to use, but they must not be rotating, flashing, oscillating or otherwise moving.

Restricted colors

As mentioned the only underglow colors permitted in state of New York is white. All other colors are illegal to use for aftermarket vehicle lighting.

In case you use a modern LED underglow system capable of changing colors, ensure you never use any color other than white.

Furthermore in case of a traffic stop ensure you never tell police officers your underglow can change colors, as even installing a system which can display other colors could be considered illegal in New York.

Even if parked on private property we strongly suggest never display colors red, blue or green. These are used by emergency vehicles.

Out of state vehicles

New York allows other underglow colors in case the vehicle is registered in another state, and only if those colors are legal to use in the state of registration.

Penalties

Underglow system which is outside the law may result on you getting cited for a non-moving traffic violation, in which case you will be required to modify your car to conform to standards, as well as pay a fine.

Displaying red, blue, green or any combinations of these colors with white can lead to further penalties and fines. You can be charged with impersonating an emergency vehicle which is a serious crime with severe penalties.

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This article about New York Neon Underglow Lights Laws was last updated in 2019. If any of our information is incomplete or outdated please let us know. Thank you!