Frequent question: Are HID headlights legal in Australia?

What headlights are illegal in Australia?

Just as in the UK, EU or US, Australian headlight laws are simple and limit drivers to either yellow or white headlights. Xenon HIDs can have a slightly blue colour, but Australian law forbids completely blue headlights.

Is it illegal to have HID headlights?

In some cases, your vehicle might come with HID headlights built-in. This is becoming ever more common, especially on high-end or luxury vehicles where HID bulbs are practically the standard now. If you purchased a new vehicle and it came with HID headlights, you can rest assured they are legal.

Are 8000K HID lights legal in Australia?

Xenon HID bulbs with a high colour temperature – such as 8000K or above – are sometimes not road legal. Halogen bulbs with a colour temperature of 4300K or over also tend to be non-road legal.

What is the brightest headlight bulb that is legal in Australia?

Australian Standards

All vehicles fitted with headlamps (including HID) producing over 2,000 lumens (a measure of light output) must have a self-levelling system and headlight washers.

Are 6000K HID lights legal?

HID or even projector retro fits are illegal, since only OEM is DOT approved. Light Blue (8000K) Anything higher than 6000K is only used for aesthetic purposes.

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Are LED headlight bulbs legal in Australia?

LED headlights are legal in Australia, but you need to research if you need to upgrade the housing as well as the bulbs as this is a requirement for some ADR-approved LED headlights.

Are daytime running lights legal in Australia?

While they are permitted on Australian vehicles, daytime running lights are not legally required.

Can you touch HID?

They actually run a lot cooler than tungsten, that’s why their running rating is 33watts, and touching them shouldn’t do any harm. If you’re worried, then a good clean with alcohol, maybe using one of those lintfree soft papers sold for camera lenses should clean them up.

Are HID retrofits legal?

In virtually every first-world country, HID “retrofits” into halogen headlamps are illegal. They’re illegal clear across Europe and in all of the many countries that use European ECE headlight regulations. They’re illegal in the US and Canada.