Usage of neon underglow lighting is governed by Alabama Revised Statutes, Title 32: Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Chapter 1: General Provisions, Article 9: Equipment, Division 2: Lights, Lamps and Reflective Devices.
Is neon underglow legal in Alabama?
Alabama law does not specifically restrict additional aftermarket vehicle lighting which would include neon underglow. Therefore it’s our conclusion that in Alabama neon underglow is not illegal, as long as you follow these restrictions:
- No red lights may be visible from the front of the vehicle
- License plate illumination must be white
- Flashing lights are prohibited
We highly recommend avoiding blue and red colors on any aftermarket lights including underbody glow, as these colors are typically used for emergency vehicles. To be safe you should only use white or amber underglow.
There are no relevant AL laws which specifically allow or prohibit installing car underglow, meaning we consider it legal to use it while driving.
Arizona vehicle lighting laws
Below are all relevant excerpts from Arizona Vehicle Code that limit, restrict or allow certain aftermarket lights to be installed on vehicles.
Alabama Code – Section 32-5-241: Additional permissible lights on vehicles
(c) Additional lighting equipment.
(1) Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not more than two side cowl or fender lamps which shall emit an amber or white light without glare.
(2) Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not more than one running-board courtesy lamp on each side thereof which shall emit a white or amber light without glare.
(3) Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not more than two back-up lamps either separately or in combination with other lamps, but any such back-up lamp shall not be lighted when the motor vehicle is in forward motion.
(d) Special restriction on lamps. [...]
(2) No person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment upon any highway with any lamp or device thereon displaying a red light visible from directly in front of the center thereof. This section shall not apply to authorized emergency vehicles.
(3) Any vehicle may be equipped with flashing lamps which may be used for the purpose of warning the operators of other vehicles of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard [...]
(4) Flashing lights may be used on motor vehicles as a means of indicating a right or left turn; a stop lamp may pulsate with different intensities provided that it meets at all intensities the provisions of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of this section; and the warning lights on emergency vehicles may flash.
Alabama Code – Section 32-5-242 – Requirements as to head lamps and auxiliary driving lamps.
[...] (g) Color of clearance lamps, side marker lamps, and reflectors.
(1) Front clearance lamps and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the front or on the side near the front of a vehicle shall display or reflect an amber color.
(2) Rear clearance lamps and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the rear or on the sides near the rear of a vehicle shall display or reflect a red color.
(3) All lighting devices and reflectors mounted on the rear of any vehicle shall display or reflect a red color, except the stop light or other signal device, which may be red, amber, or yellow, and except that the light illuminating the license plate or the light emitted by a back-up lamp shall be white. [...]
As per vehicle light definitions, required colors for clearance lamps and side marker lamps are not pertinent to underglow.
State of Alabama Info
Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th-most extensive and the 23rd-most populous of the 50 United States. At 1,300 miles (2,100 km), Alabama has one of the longest navigable inland waterways in the nation.
Area: 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km2)
Cities in Alabama: Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Gulf Shores, Dothan, Gadsden, Orange Beach, Anniston, Decatur, Muscle Shoals, Florence, Hoover, Fairhope, Cullman, Bessemer, Talladega, Dauphin Island, Nectar, Daphne, Selma, Madison, Prattville, Arab, Opelika, Foley, Dora, Eufaula, Tuskegee, Enterprise, Athens, Alabaster, Scottsboro, Troy, Guntersville, Montevallo, Jasper, Andalusia, Columbiana, Wetumpka, Mentone, Phenix City, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Trussville, Riderville, Oxford
Counties in Alabama: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bigg, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Chocktaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox, Winston
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