LED Light Bar Mounting Regulations
Did you know, the rules have changed?
LED Light Bar Mounting or Fitment regulations are finally the same in each state. It took some time but it is now consistent throughout the country.
L.E.D driving light bars have gained in popularity among a range of different users, from recreational off road drivers to mining companies, for their bright light output, robust design and low current draw. Driving light bars are built to deliver superior performance and reliability, essential when driving in the Australian outback. Engineered and developed to meet the harshest conditions. They are solid as a rock and with polycarbonate lenses tough enough to withstand being hit by stones and everything that has been thrown at them. Fully submersible, so regularly driving through river crossings and pressure cleaning is not a problem. No wonder they are the lighting of choice.
Now with the uniform regulation changes across all states, there is no need to worry that your Light Bars are mounted in accordance to the local authority rules. As long as you follow the simple guidelines outlined you will have peace of mind.
Below is a extract taken from an update received from the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA)
‘Due to an anomaly in the Australian Design Rule 13/00 there has been a number of States and Territories that have been unsure whether or not LED light bars are legal for use on Australian roads. Following significant AAAA lobbying, Queensland was the first State to change their regulation and allow legal use of these products, and we are now pleased to announce all other States and Territories have followed suit. Please click on the below link to view VicRoads advice, and this same advice (regarding LED light bars) is now consistent nationally.’
In summary this is what the Light Bar Mounting Regulations are:
Constraints remain on the fitment of LED light bars, so any LED light bar that is fitted must be installed in alignment with the following requirements:
- The lamps should, as far as is possible, be installed symmetrically in pairs to the front of the vehicle.
- If lamps are not fitted as pairs (e.g. one, three etc), they must be fitted to the front of the vehicle, symmetrically about the centre.
- A maximum of four driving lamps (including LED light bars) can be fitted to a vehicle in addition to the vehicle’s main beam headlamps.
- The lamp/s must be installed in a way that the light produced does not cause the driver of the vehicle discomfort either directly or by reflection.
- The lamp/s must only come on when the main-beam (high beam) headlamps are used, and must automatically turn off when the main-beam headlamps are turned off.
- The lamps must not obstruct the driver’s view of the road.
From 10 February 2014 the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has taken responsibility for the vehicle standards, as well as exemptions, that apply to all in-service heavy vehicles (vehicles with a gross vehicle mass or aggregate trailer mass exceeding 4.5t). For more information please visit the NHVR website.
From 10 February 2014, Transport and Main Roads will only be responsible for the vehicle standards that apply to light vehicles (vehicles with a gross vehicle mass or aggregate trailer mass not exceeding 4.5t).
To ensure a smooth transition to the NHVR, guidelines that were issued by Transport and Main Roads and were in force before 10 February 2014 have been transitioned. This means that the exemptions given by these notices are still current, but only apply in Queensland.
At My Auto Supplies we have taken particular care in sourcing only the best quality Light Bars for our customers. Backed by premium quality manufacturers who aren’t afraid to stand behind their products and offer exceptional warranty and technical advice. Some of the brands you know you can rely on are; Narva, Great Whites, VisionX and Peak Lighting, to mention a few.
How many times have I heard customers tell me of their experiences with inferior light bars bought at unbelievably cheap prices, only for their excitement to soon turn to frustration and despair as the light bar fails and there is no back up, support and poor warranty available. Time to throw it away and start again.
So jump in and have a look at the great range of quality Light Bars we have available and don’t be afraid to ask any questions. http://www.myautosupplies.com.au/lighting/lighting-led/light-bars.html
Lighting Up Australia with My Auto Supplies.
- Kerri Pratt