LED lights on cars. If only one is out, can you be pulled over by police?
As cars get more energy efficient, LED lighting has become more widespread. In case you are unfamiliar with them, LED lights are usually a collection of smaller lights (8–20) that make up one unit. Before LEDs, in my state, NY, you would fail inspection if one bulb was out. That made sense One headlight or taillight is significant.
But with the new LEDs, one bulb out of 20 means nothing. It is even hard to tell if one is out. Adding to the hardship, you can’t change one bulb. You must replace the entire unit at very high cost. $400 for a single bulb. $750 for a pair.
Does anyone know if cars will pass inspection with one LED out? Will this become a good excuse for police officers to pull you over?
Will inadequate inspection laws that have not kept up with the technology send energy efficiency initiatives back to the dark ages?