Side marker lights (SML or side markers, marker lights, clearance marker, side marker, position lights, etc.) are among the few bulbs on the car, which can legally be additionally attached to the body in Germany. They serve primarily the useful purpose of clearly outlining the width and length of the vehicle, even if it is already stock-dark. In terms of color, they also differ from other luminaires: they shine and reflect orange. The meaning behind it is simple, because if you recognize a car only by its lights at night, you can see that it is the side view of the car. White in front, red in back, orange on the sides. This strict division of colors for front, rear and side lighting can be lifesaving in case of doubt. The human eye has already become accustomed to it and relies on it.
Restrictions on tuning the car
Of course, there are strict rules for the side marker lights, where and how they are to be mounted. The color we have already mentioned, and it is synonymous not to shake. White or blue, as beautiful as it may look, are expressly prohibited. Although such lights can be purchased online and elsewhere, but definitely not come through the TÜV. Important is the use of bulbs with ECE number. So you can make sure that the lights are approved at least schonmal times. Also, an SML will not pass the next HU if it is below 25cm or above 1.5m above the ground. Another condition is that they must be coupled to the parking light.
attach to the sides of the vehicle only
Blinking or not connected or defective SML are not accepted by TÜV. The SML must also be attached to the sides of the vehicle and must not be placed too center back and front. While there are few ways to legally tune draftsmen who are working properly, there is an excellent way to make your car seem much more imposing when unlike ordinary vehicles. Also, this is not expensive. The lights are easy and cheap to procure, only the wiring could be complicated for the layman and is in case of doubt rather make the expert. By the way: You can find out which penalties threaten in the event of incorrectly activated or not activated lighting in our large article onLights on the car: function, regulations, fines“Read.
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