Tinted tail lights, now complete with pics.

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by Anthony, Oct 1, 2009.

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  1. DeanFL

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    A simple google search of Washington State DMV requirements brought this up. Hmmm - not just the color bro'. Recommend you consider what these good folks here are offering to you....




    RCW 46.37.200: Stop lamps and electric turn signals displayed.

    RCW 46.37.200
    Stop lamps and electric turn signals displayed.

    (1) Any vehicle may be equipped and when required under this chapter shall be equipped with a stop lamp or lamps on the rear of the vehicle which shall display a red or amber light, or any shade of color between red and amber, visible from a distance of not less than one hundred feet and on any vehicle manufactured or assembled after January 1, 1964, three hundred feet to the rear in normal sunlight, and which shall be actuated upon application of a service brake, and which may but need not be incorporated with one or more other rear lamps.

    (2) Any vehicle may be equipped and when required under RCW 46.37.070(2) shall be equipped with electric turn signals which shall indicate an intention to turn by flashing lights showing to the front and rear of a vehicle or on a combination of vehicles on the side of the vehicle or combination toward which the turn is to be made. The lamps showing to the front shall be mounted on the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable and, when signaling, shall emit amber light: PROVIDED, That on any vehicle manufactured prior to January 1, 1969, the lamps showing to the front may emit white or amber light, or any shade of light between white and amber. The lamp showing to the rear shall be mounted on the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable, and, when signaling, shall emit a red or amber light, or any shade of color between red and amber. Turn signal lamps shall be visible from a distance of not less than five hundred feet to the front and rear in normal sunlight. Turn signal lamps may, but need not be, incorporated in other lamps on the vehicle.

    (3) Any vehicle may be equipped and when required under this chapter shall be equipped with a center high-mounted stop lamp mounted on the center line of the rear of the vehicle. These stop lamps shall display a red light visible from a distance of not less than three hundred feet to the rear in normal sunlight, and shall be actuated upon application of a service brake, and may not be incorporated with any other rear lamps.


    [2006 c 306 § 3; 1977 ex.s. c 355 § 17; 1963 c 154 § 15; 1961 c 12 § 46.37.200. Prior: 1955 c 269 § 20; prior: 1953 c 248 § 2, part; 1947 c 267 § 4, part; 1937 c 189 § 23, part; Rem. Supp. 1947 § 6360-23, part; RCW 46.40.090, part; 1929 c 178 § 1, part; 1927 c 309 § 15, part; RRS § 6362-15.]
     
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    This is a very observant post - one which many (including myself), don't always look at (the location of the poster).

    But please don't sell the marmut short. They aren't often heralded as a vicious beast - but they are rumored to be colorblind, and have a nasty taste for radiator fluid ([ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmot"]Marmot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]). Many a car radiator tubes have been dissected by these creatures in national parks nationwide. They are low to the ground, so likely more immune to the tinted Prius lights.
     

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    1. Let's keep this thread on track. You've both made your arguments, now let's end it with that and stop the back and forth name calling / personal attacks. Discussion is good and disagreement is always inevitable on the internet but sometimes it has to be either dealt with in an adult manner or just ignored. Let's agree to disagree and end it at that or board rules will have to be followed. Don't take any of this as a threat, I just want this thread to continue w/o anymore needless attacks from either side. Your points have been noted radioprius and Anthony has heard you...

    2. I personally like the way it looks. Would I do it to my car, no, because here in NYC they'd pull you over to not only give you a ticket for them but for something else on the car... Many of the 'kids' do them around here on their Infiniti's, Lexus' etc and while not as bright as factory people aren't running into each other because of the tinted taillights either...

    Tinted taillights is just one of those things that if a cop needs a reason to pull you over, he;ll use it to his advantage. Will every cop pull you over for them, no, but it gives them a reason. Is it legal? No covering which obstructs the normal intensity of the bulbs is legal, not even heavy dirt or mud... They can pull you over for that the same as tint over the lenses.
     
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    Is that the same as window tint material?
     
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    I don't think it is normal window tint, so if it in fact not did they have different levels of tint Anthony at the place you had the work done? Different colors of tint available? I wonder if a red tint could be applied over the brakelight area and bottom area to make them look like those way overly priced taillight units at sigma...
     
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    I agree and thank you.
     
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    No, it is much thicker, and more resistant to scratches.

    I would of loved a red tint, I think the deep red on a dark vehicles looks the best, however they did not offer it. They offer a clear, my grey, a dark charcoal which does inhibit much less light to be seen, green, blue, and yellow. They also offer the film for headlights. I have seen the yellow tint on some headlights, I do not care for it.

    As someone posted earlier, if a officer needs a reason to pull you over, they will use it to their advantages. I have a very illegal, very dark tint on my truck windows. In 7 years, I have never been stopped for it. I have been stopped, but I roll both windows down and turn my interior light on. If you respect the officer, they will not give you any grief, one even commented on the tint, and he also told me he appreciated me doing what I did to make him more comfortable.

    Also, our LED lights are already brighter than a regular bulb, so even by tinting the lights, we may still have a brighter output than standard lights. If I really wanted to take a pic from 500 feet, I could, but I really do not care to answer to anyone on an internet board. If I get stopped by a police officer, we can pull out the tape measure.

    the other thing is, this is not a discussion on if they are legal or not, I simply wanted to show what they looked like tinted. People got way off track.
     
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    Looks great - I've been thinking about doing the same thing on mine. I'll make sure not to post pics on this forum if I do.
     
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    Wow Anthony, I'd say you opened up a can of worms. Me personally, I like it and have every intention on doing the same. Was waiting for Lamin-X to have precut kits available. You can get them in a few different shades of tint as well as they have a couple other colors. Will most likely be the lighter of the bunch just to tone down the chrome and even considering maybe the red film to look like the ones available on Sigma's site JDM style. Either way, thanks for sharing the pics. Car looks great. Sorry about the wheels being gone already. There's a ton of aftermarket stuff out there for the kind of money you're looking to spend. Good luck!
     
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    I am an avid rider, and my daughter went to Ron Jon this summer, and she wanted to put it on the car, I can not see them in the rear view mirror, so I do not mind.
     
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    If I were putting myself at such a great risk (non DOT tint, lower than allowed lumen output, etc), I would certainly count off 1,000 feet and make sure the light output was sufficient. It's a small price to pay to prevent possibly horrible legal repercussions.
     
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    Great job on the tint! Definitely looks good on yourcar, ignore others and mod as you please! I am thinking of tinting mine in red hopefully soon.
     
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    Dude, please, for the love of God, go away. :mad: Your the kind of guy that would get a restraining order against him.
     
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    YOU'RE the one that starting this with your inane coverings of the standard lighting.

    You KNOW this vehicle WILL NOT be street legal - but STILL drive it on public roads?

    Are YOU insane? We have federal and state vehicular laws for a reason - public safety. How would YOU feel if one of your loved ones rear ends a car because of inadequate lighting? Different story, huh. You KNOW they are illegal and still take it on the road - day or night????

    And you're the one that has illegal tinting on your truck windows and joke about it? This is no joke.

    And the type of language you are using during this thread should get you canned. Yes - feel free to rebel against me now. Act like a child. BTW tint your left eye - that red is way too bright.
     
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    Ohh please :D Site his lumen output (have you seen them, and measured it)?

    I personally put the car in a test chamber at JPL - and found - strangely - that in addition to visible light, this tint gives off ELF waves - at such low frequencies, I believe they may be picked up further north (actually - near the north pole).

    When I installed them, I was expecting no change in fuel, but hanging my Prius in the wind tunnel from the center mounted eye-bolt showed a .00873% fuel decrease...
     
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    Seriously? I haven't taken the time to look over in the Gen. II forums but did this happen over there too when someone tinted their taillights? It's not like Anthony is the first and certainly won't be the last. If someone wants to change their car no matter what change it may be technically legal or not, it is their car, they are allowed to do what they want. His lights aren't tinted that dark. There is certainly darker out there. Come to So. Cal, you'll see it everywhere everyday. Even with it not technically being legal. People are willing to take the risk of the ticket. I am and will be one of those. This thread has just become insane. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it. Anthony was obviously happy with his mod and wanted to share the results. No one is forcing anyone to do it themselves or telling you to reply to this thread. If you don't like it, move on. Your opinion isn't needed. If you don't like what someone has done, then keep it to yourself and move on. Plain and simple! Last but not least, if the lady and her 4 kids rear ends you it's probably because she was following too close, probably on the phone and doing her make-up. It's not impossible for it not to be his fault but I'm sure there are plenty of other factors that would contribute to that person rear ending you. Not tinted taillights.
     
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    Are some of you responders insane? OF COURSE he can do what he wants. But when it's ILLEGAL - and it no doubt is - the public is at risk.

    I love the argument:

    -It's not like Anthony is the first and certainly won't be the last.
    -If someone wants to change their car no matter what change it may be technically legal or not, it is their car, they are allowed to do what they want.
    -His lights aren't tinted that dark. There is certainly darker out there. --Even with it not technically being legal. People are willing to take the risk of the ticket.


    Risk of a ticket ---- The covering is ILLEGAL!!!!!!!!

    Hey why not tint those ever-so-bright headlights too?

    Hey man - tell it to the judge. I do hope someone got your trash bin number - begin you kill some innocent. Did some of you folks take stupid pills? You're acting like teenagers pimping up their old 92 Honda.
     
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    This thread has become some sort of abortion to the 5th power. If you speed tomorrow, even 1mph over, your doing something illegal. If you have tinted windows in some states, no matter what the percentage, it is illegal. When you speed, and you will, think of me, and think about YOUR ticket Johnny law.

    Some of you guys need some paxil, maybe even Viagra, your wound up way to tight.
     
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