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#1 Old 03-17-2012, 11:45 PM
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Is tail light tint legal in Florida?

Does anyone know if it is legal to tint tail lights in Florida? I've done several searches, and I'm finding answers that say both yes and no, and I don't know who's right. So, those of you in Florida, do you know? Is there a site somewhere that I can look it up?

I'm thinking of putting a light Lamin-X tint on my tails (probably gun smoke). But the last thing I need is to get it installed and then get ticketed and told to remove them.

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I very much doubt it's legal anywhere. Play it safe, don't do it.
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Agreed with uilleann.

If you're just trying to "tone down the red" with just 1-2 coats of nightshade/LAMNX films than that should be ok. Generally if you can see the housings are red but significantly more black then it's all right.

On my last Sonata I did the same, 3 coats of nightshade (However I did leave the turn signal and backup light lense CLEAR, do the same for this car) and the lights clearly shined through. At that time I didn't have any V-LED brake lights so it was still bright enough.

With all that being said, down here in Houston, they're people running around with freakin LIMO tints on their tail lights! It's crazy! Only the state police seems to enforce items like this.
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Agreed with uilleann.

If you're just trying to "tone down the red" with just 1-2 coats of nightshade/LAMNX films than that should be ok. Generally if you can see the housings are red but significantly more black then it's all right.

On my last Sonata I did the same, 3 coats of nightshade (However I did leave the turn signal and backup light lense CLEAR, do the same for this car) and the lights clearly shined through. At that time I didn't have any V-LED brake lights so it was still bright enough.

With all that being said, down here in Houston, they're people running around with freakin LIMO tints on their tail lights! It's crazy! Only the state police seems to enforce items like this.
I'm definitely not interested in "blacking out" my tail lights. Just a real light tint to give the lights a slightly smoked red color. Saw the Lamin-X tints in another thread and thought that may be a good option. But I don't want to get myself in trouble either!

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Yeah man this is something entirely based on an officers discretion.

But then again in the State of Texas tail lights must shine at a certain distance then they mention that nothing can "cover them".

You only live once? LOL
I'd honestly go for it, I never got stopped with my last car.
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During the last 28 years of driving, I got rear ended 2 times (each in different vehicles). And, both times were at night. And both times, the driver behind me thought my vehicle was further away from him. If wondering, both my previous vehicles had pure stock tail lights.

If it where my vehicle, I'd leave its rear as pure stock lighting. And, I'd also add a $7 ID light bar under its rear bumper (to be seen better than factory) as well. If wondering, both of my current GM vehicles have extra rear lights (clearance lights under its rear bumper). And, my newly purchased Elantra will have its own $7 ID light bar ( surf: http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...jsB1cNuy6zagVQ ) installed under its rear bumper within 2 weeks as well. Better to be seen instead of getting nailed in the A$$ with the other driver saying "oh - I thought your vehicle wasn't that close...". Getting nailed in the A$$ is no fun.

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Not legal in FL. They (mostly) ignore tint but seem to be heavily against smoked tails here in Jax.
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Department of Transportation sets forth the color tint requirements that the car manufactures have to comply to, changing that light transmission is usually considered illegal in any state.
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Thank you to each of you who have weighed in with thoughts on this matter. I'm still a bit torn.

The amount of tint that I'm interested in adding to my tail lights would be very subtle. I'm not looking for limo black, or even dark smoke. Just a slight darkening of the red. I've seen factory taillights on other brands of cars that are as dark, or perhaps darker than what I am interested in doing. I'm fairly confident that if I went ahead and did it that the police wouldn't bother me. In fact, they probably wouldn't realize that they weren't a factory color unless they're a Sonata enthusiast or have mine sitting side by side with a stock one.

On the other hand, if I were ever rear-ended and someone claimed they didn't see my tail lights, whether it were true or not, I wouldn't want to be at fault! If the laws are simply about a certain level of light output or viewability from a certain distance, I'm confident that what I'm interested in would be fine. If the law is simply "Thou shalt not alter thine tail lights. Period!" then I would be breaking it by tinting. So I'm still at a loss here.

Anyway, thanks again to all of you. I'm going to table this plan for a little while and keep mulling it over. Perhaps I'll try to ask a local cop I know and get his thoughts too.

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Tinted lights attract more attention if you know what I mean.

Graying out tail lights isn't as bad as graying out your HEAD lights as doing that will get you pulled over more often.

I drive around with 15% tint on all sides, except windshield and have yet to get pulled over...
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