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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2018 03:52 PM
From: Representative Christopher B. Quinn
To: All House members
Subject: Vehicle LED Lights
I plan to reintroduce legislation that would clarify Pennsylvania's vehicle safety inspection law with regard to light emitting diode (LED) headlamps and rear lighting.

Traditionally, vehicles have been built using bulbs as the primary source of lighting in head lamps and rear lights. More recently, many manufacturers have begun using LED's in their headlamps due to their longevity comparative to the traditional bulb.

This has created a question for mechanics when conducting a vehicle safety inspection: what constitutes a defective head lamp or rear light? With a bulb light, the answer is easy: when the bulb is completely burnt out it needs replaced.

LED's, though, are typically manufactured in strips which include many individual lights. Many mechanics have erred on the side of caution, and as a result have failed vehicles when only one individual LED is defective, even though the functionality of the light is left virtually unchanged.

Therefore, I am reintroducing legislation that would clarify that a vehicle shall pass inspection if more than 50% of the vehicles LED's are operational in the head lamps or rear lighting. Thus, if less than 50% are operational, that vehicle would fail their safety inspection.

Please join me in supporting this legislation.

Introduced as HB190