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For all equipment required on new motor vehicles and replacements for that equipment, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment" applies.  US safety standards are public law and apply to all parties associated with the manufacturing, importing, distributing, selling, installing, or repairing motor vehicle and motor vehicle equipment.  These parties must self-certify that all regulated vehicle and equipment comply with the applicable regulations prior to sale, and also must not interfere with regulated equipment installed in any manner that impairs the regulated equipment. The U.S. government does not approve any motor vehicle equipment, nor does it give type approvals, or compel testing.   

Code of Federal Regulations

https://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/retrieve.html

Title "49", part "571", section "108"   

or    

https://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_99/49cfr571_99.html     

Summary Description of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

https://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/FMVSS/#SN108   

(Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 571)   


ANSI

https://www.ansi.org/  

ANSI is a private, non-profit organization (501(c)3) that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. The Institute's mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.  

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

https://www.unece.org/  

Light Source Regulations: Reg.37 (filament lamps) and Reg.99 (HID)  

Luminaire Regulations: Reg. 1,4,6,7,19,23,38,48,77,87,98,112,113…  

Installation of Lighting and Light Signaling Devices”: Reg. 48  

  

Canadian Motor Vehicles Safety Standards CMVSS 108

https://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/mvstm_tsd/tsd/1080rev3_e.htm  

 

State Policies  

Resource - AAA Digest of Motor Vehicle Laws  

https://www.aaamidatlantic.com/automotive/MotorLaws/  

AAA Motor vehicle laws - Lighting falls under "other traffic laws" or "safety laws".

 

Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute - Lighting Research Center 

Universities Researching Lighting and/ or Other Automotive Related Topics

https://www.lrc.rpi.edu/

 

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

https://www.umtri.umich.edu/