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Old October 14th, 2015, 10:35 AM
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Question: DOT Approved Headlights

I want to upgrade my headlights and found a company out of the country that sells DOT approved headlights for Left hand drive vehicles, but not Right hand drive. If i buy and install these headlights what legal problems could come my way? By the way my Land Rover is Right hand drive. Also are lights designed differently for a left or right hand drive vehicle?
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Old October 14th, 2015, 10:42 AM
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It is not where the steering wheel is located that is important, but which side of the road you are driving on. The lights point more to the right from countries that drive on the right.
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Old October 14th, 2015, 10:43 AM
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RHD headlamps are designed to cast light slightly away from oncoming traffic. LHD headlamps do the same thing. Replacing your headlights with appropriate LHD lenses is the correct thing to do. There are numerous providers selling similar assemblies. You'll want to ensure the lenses are marked DOT to eliminate any issues during inspection.
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Old October 14th, 2015, 10:48 AM
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You'll want to ensure the lenses are marked DOT to eliminate any issues during inspection.
Only if you live somewhere that has inspections.... Ecode lights have a better pattern for both the driver and the the other cars on the road.
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Old October 14th, 2015, 10:57 AM
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Only if you live somewhere that has inspections.... Ecode lights have a better pattern for both the driver and the the other cars on the road.
x2 If inspection issues are not a concern, this is good advice, the e-Code headlamps are much better for you and oncoming drivers, our lighting codes are so behind the times.

Edit: Heck, for me, even id there are inspection concerns, it would be worth it to just swap the stock sealed beams back in for the inspection, they are so easy to change out, and the light from the E-Codes so much better..
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Thanks

Thanks for the quick replies. Makes sense to replace the RHD lights with LHD to be kind to oncoming traffic here in the USA.
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Here's the difference between RHD & LHD patterns.
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Cibie or Hella E code (not Hella Vision plus) are great. Il like the Hella's better, they are less costly and tougher then the Cibie's. Stay away from the no name Asian stuff.
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