Ask a Trooper: The legality of headlamps
Question: Are the blue or Xenon headlamps legal in Minnesota? Answer: Xenon or high-intensity discharge headlights are legal and must comply with the same requirements as halogen and incandescent headlamps. Minnesota Statutes Chapter 169.468 requ...
Question: Are the blue or Xenon headlamps legal in Minnesota?
Answer: Xenon or high-intensity discharge headlights are legal and must comply with the same requirements as halogen and incandescent headlamps. Minnesota Statutes Chapter 169.468 requires the Commissioner to adopt vehicle safety rules in substantial conformance with federal motor vehicle safety standards for any new vehicle, or for any new item of motor vehicle equipment. These standards are contained in 49 CFR Part 571.
Xenon lights are legal if they conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements. If the vehicle has not been altered since the time of purchase from a dealer, it is almost certain that the lights are legal, as the manufacturer and dealer would need to follow federal guidelines.
The aftermarket use of Xenon lights poses a more difficult problem. Most aftermarket systems are in compliance with SAE and federal standards, however, some "look alike" systems are not. The vehicle lighting system in question would need to be inspected by a reputable mechanic. The bulbs should contain the proper markings to permit the lighting device to be traced back to the appropriate SAE standard. If they are not legal, a person can be issued a citation.
If someone wants to convert their vehicle to Xenon HID they must purchase completely new Xenon HID headlamps. HIDs installed in headlight systems designed for halogen lights produce substantially different beam patterns.
If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol, 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN, 55811; on Twitter @MSPPIO_NE; or by email at email@example.com .