The rear license plate on cars must be illuminated according to StVZO, so that it is clearly visible and readable in the dark. The way in which the license plate is illuminated is also legally regulated in the StVZO. It therefore raises the question of whether a self-luminous indicator is an added value and if it is allowed at all.
self-luminous license plate
For example, the electroluminescent film (so-called EL film). By an electroluminescent film, it is possible to illuminate the retroreflective plate surface - the license plate lights then almost as if by itself. This means added value in visibility and also in the optics at the rear of the vehicle. The Federal Motor Transport Authority has already issued an approval for these novel, self-luminous license plates. It is important that the prescribed sizes of license plates for cars and motorcycles are strictly complied with, otherwise a fine threatens. The films guarantee a very bright and uniform illumination of the license plate and are visually very noticeable. If such a self-luminous license plate was installed, then of course eliminates the standard or standard Illumination of the license plate, Conveniently, the license plate label can be stamped directly on the standard aluplatins (EURO standard), which was laminated directly to the luminous foil.
Overall, these plates are just as suitable for everyday use as the normal license plate lights on the car ex works. During installation, the existing power connection of the standard license plate lighting can be used directly. There are various practical kits in the trade for the conversion to accomplish. The installation is usually simple and straightforward and also easy to handle for the layman. The fact that the license plate is provided with the electroluminescent film, the dimensions remain constant due to the ultra-flat design, so that the self-luminous license plate can be used on any vehicle and on any standard license plate carrier.
Transparent license plate with LED lighting
But there is also the variant of a transparent plate that is illuminated from behind with an LED board. It should be noted, however, that the dimensions are slightly changed by the approximately 12mm high board. This results in a somewhat unwieldy assembly. By the way, the approval for this lighting was withdrawn by the Kraftfahrtbundesamt again, so that the variant with illuminated foil should probably be clearly given preference.
Approval by the StVO is available
At the end... A self-illuminating license plate for the car offers a visual and practical added value and therefore looks pretty cool! For use at the rear of the vehicle is currently an approval by the StVO. It should be noted, however, that the illuminating license plates are significantly more expensive than the conventional illumination of the license plate, which is installed from the factory. In addition, intervention in the electronics of the vehicle and it can also cause error messages in the instrument cluster. In advance, a specialist workshop should be asked with regard to their own vehicle whether the connection and operation is even possible. 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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