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In California, and every other state (IIRC), the use of any forward facing light that isn't white, yellow, or amber is illegal. Red forward facing lights are definitely illegal. Red lighting can only be used for the rear side markers and rear facing lights. The white headlight is preferred but yellow is allowed but it's very rare. Amber is for front side marker lights, front marker lights, and turn signals.

@Robert M posted:

In California, and every other state (IIRC), the use of any forward facing light that isn't white, yellow, or amber is illegal. Red forward facing lights are definitely illegal. Red lighting can only be used for the rear side markers and rear facing lights. The white headlight is preferred but yellow is allowed but it's very rare. Amber is for front side marker lights, front marker lights, and turn signals.

Don't forget the "blue lights," Bob. You know in CA they're as much a "no-no" as "red lights" are. I can't recall when the "blues" were added to the "reds" on patrol cars. I do remember, though, when I got my Learner's Permit the only thing I had to watch out for was one flashing red light on the roof of a B&W Ford.

@Napa Paul posted:

Don't forget the "blue lights," Bob. You know in CA they're as much a "no-no" as "red lights" are. I can't recall when the "blues" were added to the "reds" on patrol cars. I do remember, though, when I got my Learner's Permit the only thing I had to watch out for was one flashing red light on the roof of a B&W Ford.

I didn't mention them because they weren't being sed here. But you're correct blue lights are a no no. As are any color except white, yellow, amber, and red when used as directed by the vehicle code. All others are illegal also while the vehicle is operated on a roadway. You can outfit your car with every color of the rainbow and then some for car shows and other functions not conducted on a roadway.

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