39:3-61.3. Stop lamps; construction, placement and use
Every stop lamp shall be so constructed, placed and used as to indicate by a substantial increase in illumination that the service brakes of the vehicle have been applied, except as otherwise provided in this section. Stop lamps are not required to be lighted when the emergency feature of trailer brakes is activated by means of either manual or automatic control on the towing vehicle. Stop lamps on a towing vehicle need not be lighted when service brakes are applied to the towed vehicle or vehicles only. No stop lamp need be lighted as such when it is in use as a turn signal or when it is turned off by the turn signal switch as provided in paragraph (b) of section 8 of this act.
L.1964, c. 136, s. 9.
(a) Whenever there shall be in this article a requirement declared as to the distance from which certain lamps and devices shall render objects visible or within which such lamps or devices shall be visible, said provisions shall apply during the times when lighted lamps are required upon a straight level unlighted highway under normal atmospheric conditions unless a different time or condition is expressly stated.
(b) The light from every required exterior lamp on a vehicle shall be visible from a distance of 500 feet in the directions set forth therefor in paragraph (d) of this section except that the light illuminating a license plate shall cause the license plate to be clearly legible from a distance of 50 feet to the rear. Such visibility is not required when the light is obscured by another vehicle in a combination of vehicles.
(c) Every required Class A reflector shall be visible from all distances between 100 and 600 feet, and every required Class B reflector shall be visible from all distances between 100 and 350 feet, when illuminated by the upper beam of headlamps.
(d) Light from every headlamp, other driving lamp, clearance lamp, identification lamp and single-faced turn signal mounted on or at the front of a vehicle, and front parking light, shall be visible to the front; that from every side-marker lamp and side reflector shall be visible to the side; that from every stop lamp, tail lamp, clearance lamp, identification lamp, back-up lamp and reflector mounted on the rear, from every turn signal mounted on the rear of a vehicle or the cab of a truck tractor, and from any rear parking lamp, shall be visible to the rear; that from any double-faced turn signal shall be visible to the front and to the rear at the side on which such lamp is mounted; and that from any projecting load marker lamp or combination marker lamp shall be visible from the direction stated in the provision requiring it.
Amended by L.1964, c. 136, s. 1.
Except as hereinafter in this article provided, every motor vehicle other than a motor-drawn vehicle and other than a motor cycle shall be equipped with at least 2 approved headlamps mounted at the same level with an equal number on each side of the front of the vehicle. Every motor cycle shall be equipped with at least 1 and not more than 2 approved headlamps. Every motor cycle equipped with a side car or other attachment shall be equipped with a lamp on the outside limit of such attachment capable of displaying a white light to the front.
Amended by L.1964, c. 136, s. 2.
39:3-50. Color of lights, permits; cancellation or revocation of permits
All lamps and reflectors, which display a light visible from directly in front of a vehicle as authorized by this subtitle, shall exhibit lights substantially white, yellow or amber in color.
(a) The color of light emitted or reflected by exterior lamps or reflectors on a vehicle shall be as follows, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b), (c) and (d) of this section:
White when the lamp is a headlamp, or spot lamp, or illuminates a license plate or a destination sign; or is located on the outside limit of a side car or other attachment on a motor cycle;
Substantially white or amber when the lamp is a side-cowl or fender lamp, running-board or other courtesy lamp, front parking lamp, back-up lamp, auxiliary driving lamp; or a turn signal on or facing the front;
Substantially red or amber when the lamp is a turn signal or a stop lamp on or facing the rear;
Red when any other lamp or any reflector is on the rear or on either side at or near the rear, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (f) of section 39:3-61 for a combination marker lamp;
Amber when any other lamp or reflector is on the front or on either side other than at or near the rear.
(b) Lamps and reflectors on projecting loads shall emit or reflect light with color as provided in section 10 of this act.
(c) No person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment upon any street or highway equipped with any device or lamp thereon capable of or displaying a light of any other color than permitted by this section, except: an authorized emergency vehicle, an authorized school bus, or a vehicle authorized by a permit issued by the director.
(d) A permit authorizing a vehicle to be equipped with a lamp capable of or displaying a flashing light, except as provided in 39:3-54 or a light of a color other than permitted by this section, visible from directly in front of said vehicle, may be issued by the director when necessary, in his discretion, for the reasonable and safe movement of traffic. The permit shall specify the type and color of such lamp and the conditions under which a person may drive or move the vehicle with said lamp displaying a light. The permit shall be valid only when the specifications and conditions contained therein are complied with.
The director may cancel or revoke a permit issued under authority of this section whenever the conditions for its issuance no longer exist or on any other reasonable grounds.
Amended by L.1951, c. 24, p. 121, s. 1; L.1964, c. 136, s. 3.
39:3-52. Additional lighting equipment
Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not more than two side cowl or fender lamps which shall emit a white or yellow light without glare. 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 yellow light without glare. Any motor vehicle may be equipped with a back-up lamp either separately or in combination with another lamp; except that no such back-up lamp shall be continuously lighted when the motor vehicle is in forward motion.
I think that about covers it, don't you?
LED lamps are not illegal. A large majority of vehicles from motorcycles to tractor trailers make use of LED lamps. LED's retain the ability to be visible at distances of over 500 feet and are a safety enhancement due to their ability to be seen better during inclement weather.
There is no requirement as to what type of lighting is used. Granted it is of the proper amount, location, and visibility required by law. If you are using thin strips of lighting on the vehicle, it is obvious it will not have the power to be seen properly at the distance regulations set by the NJDOT.
Side markers are not illegal. They must be of amber color when illuminated and located to the front of the door panels. This is to show cross traffic as to which is the front and which is the rear of the vehicle. Much like that of a boat. The green and red being left and right, and white being the stern of the boat.