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Michigan Strobe light laws

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Mark@NBCTruck, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. Mark@NBCTruck

    Mark@NBCTruck Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Any other laws governing strobe light color, other than not using red or blue, in the State of Michigan? Customer looking to use magenta colored strobe.

  2. bigjoe871

    bigjoe871 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    "But officer, thats not red, it's Magenta"
  3. Proscapez LLC

    Proscapez LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    Yes, there is laws about that in Michigan.
    I looked at them a few weeks ago and it goes in to detail.
    you can find it on the state of michigan website.
  4. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Where does one find a Magenta colored strobe? I know here they know have purple strobes on funeral processions. I would have to say at the very least he will draw attention to himself, maybe not the kind he wants. Many guys here run hideaway strobes in their taillights, technically is a violation of the emergency vehicle statute but nobody bothers with it much as long as theres no red to the front. NH law "allows" the use of amber, it doesn't require it, but it does say amber, so anything else is not allowed. If it were here I would stop someone with a pink light and suggest they replace it with amber, if it could be mistaken for red.

    PS Magenta was always one of my favorite characters on Blues Clues.
  5. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

    This was just discussed here a few weeks ago, someone posted a link to a site that showed what states allowed what and what color was acceptable. Do a search here, I think it was just a week or so ago so it should be easy to find, I will look as well and if I find it I post it for you.
  6. Mark@NBCTruck

    Mark@NBCTruck Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    The company we use, Star Warning Systems, offers a strobe system in amber, blue, clear, green, red and magenta. The color would be a decent match to the customers truck.
    I'll try the Mich. website again, the DOT website didn't offer me much.

    Btw, I like Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper best!:rolleyes:
  7. Mark@NBCTruck

    Mark@NBCTruck Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Ok, here's what the Mich. Center for Truck Safety had to say.

    Red/Blue for Police and Emergency rescue use.
    White for School Buses.
    Everything else falls under FMVSS, which pretty much relegates you to amber or orange. Would they stop you for a green or purple light? Depends on the day and the mood of your law enforcment person.

    In other words, amber it is!
  8. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

    Your right about the amber, but green and purple on the sheet I saw said for Funeral vehicles.
  9. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I never thought about trying to match the color of the lights to the truck. Good thing, because my truck is black and I don't think anyone makes blacklight lightbars. I'd probably have to stick blacklight posters all over the truck for it to show up.

    Paprikas pretty cute too.
  10. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,306

    I have a truck with a green and amber light on it. No problems with it in the past 3 years.
  11. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

    Boy your up awfully early today, 5:10 :eek:
  12. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    I've only heard of people in trouble with red or blue, however if you are in a parking lot that is privately owned and not using the storbes on public roads, I dont see why you would have a problem.

    Mark@NBC, do you guys still have the used blades for sale in the $500 range? If so, call me 313 575 9323
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2006
  13. In Michigan we are only allowed to run orange, but white will be overlook as long as it is being run WITH ORANGE on the top of the truck(per walker police). I have an orange led bar on the truck, but white strobes in the headlights and reverse lights with no problems at all
  14. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    A privately owned parking lot is still a public way, because the public has reason to believe that they are welcome to drive their cars there. In other words, they are not trespassing by being there, so they are presumed to be protected by the same laws that protect them on the road. Also why you can get a DWI in a parking lot.
  15. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    In michigan, the color green for flashers is for command units, our city has a mobile command center and it has green flashers, When I was talking to our police chief I said "Hey baldy boy, why is there green flashers on the top of your motor home." And he said "Well you big trout, green is for command units" So thats what I learned.
  16. repo_man62

    repo_man62 Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Being a former towing co. owner in Mi...I have to say that by far...THIS MAN IS RIGHT!
  17. WetChicken

    WetChicken Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    This reason tops the cake- I would have recommended that he paint his truck amber!!! Talk about losing touch with reality.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2007
  18. hey firstclasslawn were did you get your strobes at for you tailights and headlights looking do mine in the summer im sitting on roads a lot doing lawn and they just look cool
  19. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

    Some grammer would be great, I had to read your responce 3 x's to understand it, as far as the avaibility of Strobe kits, there are many types, make sure you purchase a 90 watt min. the 60 watt versions are almost invisible in the day light, I had both and the 90 watt was great.

    Keep in mind too that the flash from the strobes has been known to cause many headache's when plowing, the flash back during snow storms is a killer.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2007
  20. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Okay, Orange or Amber it is.

    I run rotating amber lights on both my plow truck and the quad I do sidewalks with. Can anyone point me to a law that says we HAVE to have them on the vehicle. I'm sure it is out there, just need help finding it.