Headlight tinting laws are one of those subjects which get car enthusiasts hot under the collar, and dependent upon the local police attitude to this subject can land you in hot water!
Why tint headlights?
If you want your vehicle to stand out from the crowd, you need things to show. One of the most straightforward things you can do is to tint your headlights. When done correctly they will give your car a far more stealthy, sporty and attractive look, and just as importantly for you it will give your car a uniqueness which stands it apart from similar models.
Here are a couple of ways you can go about giving those headlights that look to get them noticed.
This is a cost-effective and easy way to give your car the appearance of tinted headlights. You can also get some covers which will give your headlights an appearance of having a design over the headlight cover rather than just having clear headlight housings.
If you opt for this tinting method it can also preserve the life of your headlight housing by reducing any damage caused from stones and other objects flying into your original headlight. You will find these are legal in most places. This is because they do not block any light, and therefore do not decrease visibility.
Headlight tinting laws cause potential problems for those drivers who really want ‘the look’. They want their vehicle to be totally unique, and if this is the case then they will opt for:
The ‘smoked’ headlight is a popular one and it is becoming more common. If you are a real car enthusiast then you can do this yourself by removing the headlight housing, disassemble it, do your stuff, and then put it all back together again. This is not as easy as it sounds, so check things out before you start.
An easier alternative is to use a translucent headlight tint spray which you can spray on from outside. This saves you taking the headlights apart, is easy to use, and effective.
The problem is!
In most cases this spray painting is illegal. This is because such spraying cuts down the visible light your headlights give off. Whether you get pulled over really is a bit of a lottery. If your local police have a bee in their bonnet about such things then a ticket will be yours.
Checks the headlight tinting laws in your area, understand what you can and can’t do, and if tinting can be done legally then go for it. It will improve the vehicles appearance no end, and draw lots of attention every time you go out for a spin.