Are LED Headlights Legal?

I’ve done a lot of videos about upgrading automotive lighting from Halogen to LED. Shortly after purchasing my Toyota Prius in 2011, I upgraded to HID headlights. They started giving me trouble after 5 years so I wanted to replace them. In 2016, LED headlights were envogue so I did a side-by-side comparison of Halogen, HID and LED in the same car.

I was hooked! The LEDs just blew away the Halogens in terms of color and visibility. I loved the crisp, white light they provided. I also preferred them over the HID bulbs because they came on instantly and were easier to install without needing to mount a ballast like HIDs.

I’ve done several other videos about LED upgrades as well. I tested them for distance. I tested them in reflector headlight housings. I also upgraded my interior lighting and turn signals.

Am I breaking the law by replacing my Halogens with HID or LED??

I’ve never been pulled over or failed NJ State Inspection for headlights, but received tons of comments on my videos telling me that LED headlights are illegal.

So I decided to ask Officer Mike – my friend and neighbor for 20 years – for law enforcement’s perspective on aftermarket car modifications, specifically converting from Halogen to LED headlights. Watch the video above for that conversation.

Comments Welcome!

What are your thoughts on this topic? Please comment below if you have an opinion.

Also let me know if you have any other topics you’d like me to discuss with Officer Mike in the future.

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