About LED lighting and the law
For LED vehicle lighting, like in so many other areas, the laws and regulations governing their usage appears to have not kept up with the fast pace of technology. Some multi-coloured ‘boy racer’ style applications clearly go against a number of aspects of current legislation such as the colour of the lights, their visibility and positioning on the vehicle.
However I have not been able to determine clearly whether LED lighting upgrades to the tail, brake and indicator lights etc. on classic motorcycles fall within or outside of the law in any particular country. This currently seems to be a very grey area from what I can make out.
Most of the UK Standards and legislation I have come across talk about vehicle lighting only in traditional filament lamp terms such as the required power ratings (wattage). In many ways, such requirements aren’t really even applicable to conventional filament lamps any more as modern designs may give significantly improved light output and beam patterns compared to their older counterparts of the same wattage.
LED lights are vastly more efficient than filament bulbs and hence give much greater light output for a given wattage, so it is impossible to compare the two types based upon power ratings alone. The beam is much more focussed from an LED whereas a conventional bulb emits light in all directions. The colour and spectrum of the light output can also vary greatly.
All of these factors make it very difficult to determine whether a LED light upgrade is strictly legal or not for a given vehicle application. Most vehicle manufacturers are now using LED lighting as standard because of the significant benefits they provide over conventional lamps. They have the funds and resources to get each of their new lights type approved rather than just following the standard (and perhaps outdated) guidelines.
I have designed the LED lighting boards which are offered for sale on this website based upon all of the applicable requirements I have found in UK law and legislation, to the best of my knowledge and ignoring specifics such as bulb wattage which obviously don’t apply. However I cannot guarantee that there is not some document out there which I have yet to find which makes this type of LED light upgrade for classic motorcycles either definitely legal or strictly illegal. I guess that this is the same for the other thousands of after-market bulbs and lights that are out there, but I just wanted to make this clear.
I wish I had the legal knowledge, funding and experience to be able to tell you in no uncertain terms that a given product is definitely 100% legal for road use in a given country. However this is sadly not the case and hence the following disclaimer. If you know any different, I would be very glad to hear from you!
This is very important information, so please read it carefully!
The LED motorcycle lighting units that I have made available for sale on this website were designed by me for use on my own motorbike and I make no claims or promises regarding their appropriateness, legality or usage on any vehicle in any particular Country, Region, State or Province.
I would like to make it perfectly clear that I am not in any way, shape or form an expert in the laws and regulations relating to vehicle lighting in any Country, Region, State or Province. I therefore am not in a position to provide any advice to the legality or otherwise of LED lights.
My LED lighting have not been tested against any British, European, or other country’s Standards and I make no claims as to their legality or conformance with any specified requirements. They are not E-marked, not kite-marked and not verified against any other Standard or document. They are therefore offered for sale on this basis for off-road usage only and it is your prerogative how you chose to implement them on your vehicle.
Installation and usage of these LED lighting units and their associated accessories on your own vehicle is taken as your acknowledgement that you have verified their suitability, appropriateness and legality in your own country or state. Usage is purely at your own judgement and risk and I accept no liability whatsoever.[disclaimer]