Indiana Neon Underglow Light Laws

Underflow neon lights look really cool and they help to elevate the overall aesthetic of your car. But not every state in the USA allows or permits underglow lights.

Though these lights are meant to fit under the chassis and illuminate the ground below, they can be quite a distraction, especially if they’re too bright.

This is why all states strictly govern their usage, specifying everything from the size and intensity of the lights to the types and colors of lights allowed.

What does the state of Indiana have to say on this matter? Is underglow legal in Indiana? Here’s everything you need to know.

Indiana Laws for Underglow Lights

Black widebody FRS blue underglow

The state of Indiana does allow aftermarket lighting, but there are very strict regulations surrounding the usage of these lights.

You’ll find these outlined in Chapter 6 Lights, Reflectors, and Turn Signals of Article 19, under Motor Vehicle Equipment — title 9 Motor Vehicles in the Indiana Code.

It should be noted that underglow lights can either utilize LED or neon technology; depending on the state, you can use either one or both (or neither).

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the rules and laws in place for underglow lighting in Indiana:

  • Light type: There is nothing that specifically disallows the use of either neon or LED lights, so it can be safely assumed that both are legally allowed.
  • Size: There are no size-related specifications for underglow lighting in Indiana.
  • Permitted colors: The license plate should be illuminated in white. Amber, white, red and blue, and red and white light are illegal in the state.
  • Intensity: There is nothing in the Code that specifies the intensity of underglow or aftermarket lighting.
White underglow on a truck

Yes, underglow neon lights are legal in Indiana, but there are quite a few rules, concerning the color, that must be strictly adhered to.

To stay on the safe side, equip the front of the vehicle with amber lights, whereas for the rear, you may use red (except for signaling devices and the stoplight, which may be yellow, amber, or red). It is best to stay away from all other colors.

Remember that flashing lights are banned in civilian vehicles in Indiana too, like in the majority of U.S. states.

Strobing or rotating blue, green, or red lights, especially, should be avoided. These are exclusively meant for police cars, ambulances, fire engines, and other emergency/rescue vehicles.

The only instance where flashing lights are allowed in civilian vehicles is when you want to warn other drivers on the road about any safety or traffic hazard you’re facing, in which case you can use an amber, white, or white and amber flashing light.

State of Indiana Info

Flag of Indiana

Indiana is a Midwestern state in the United States. It is also popularly referred to as the Hoosier state.

The state has a relatively large population, ranking 17th out of the 50 states in the country.

This state has several primary and metropolitan places where a large part of the population resides and works. Many rivers and lakes, such as Lake Michigan, Wabash River, and Ohio River, surround this state.

Population: 6,805,985
Capital: Indianapolis
Registered vehicles: 2,330,172
Total lane miles: 29,800
Number of highways: 14

Wikipedia | State Website

Underglow light law reference: Indiana Code, Title 9, Article 19, Chapter 6

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