Re: Service stars
Posted by Nigel B on October 15, 2020, 7:43 pm, in reply to "Re: Service stars"
According to Autobulbsdirect, who sell Led lamps for vehicles : |
Are LED Upgrade Bulbs Road Legal?
Let’s start with the short answer: Technically, LED upgrade bulbs are not road legal.
To find out why, we need to delve into the specifics of the legislation…a boring job but we’ve done it for you!
That’s Fine, Just E Mark the LED Upgrade Bulbs…right?
Unfortunately not. LED upgrade bulbs can’t be classed as road legal because they cannot be E marked or have the British Standard mark.
legislation.gov.uk (section 4 & 5) states that dipped beam and main beam headlights are required to have an approval mark (usually E mark) or a British Standard mark. For nearly every other application on your vehicle, an approval mark is also required.
The legislation is quite detailed and in-depth so we won’t go into it all here. But for example, stop lamp bulbs are required by law to operate between 15 and 36 watts. The full legislation that covers halogen and filament bulbs is ECE Regulation 37 and is 217 pages long!
Everywhere I have looked always comes up with the same answer - lamps for vehicles have to meet legal criteria (E marks etc.) to be legal. Led replacements cannot meet the criteria, so cannot be marked, so cannot be used legally. According to some sources, the supply of items that do not meet the required criteria & are not suitably marked is in itself an offence.
We are all free to make decisions on this, but how would your insurance company react to a situation where they found that you had used un-approved components on your vehicle which you would most likely not have informed them of ? Can't see that scenario working out in your favour somehow.
This does appear to be a case of the legalities not having kept up with changes in technology, but these are still the legalities we are stuck with for the moment.