“The Australian Design Rules (ADRs) are national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions. The ADRs are generally performance based and cover issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and a range of miscellaneous items.”
Are LED headlights "ADR Approved"?
You may have seen the terms “not ADR approved” or “for off-road use only” on most of our LED products in our store. In the automotive industry in Australia, all vehicles that are sold in the country has to adhere to these rules to be driven on our roads. If you hare driving a vehicle that has been factory fitted with LED globes, they will be ADR approved.
When purchasing aftermarket LED conversion kits to be fitted, it’s important to know that driving on Australian roads risk violating violating relevant legislation. HOWEVER, when we say “relevant legislation” we mean thst this area actually remains unregulated. This means that currently (at the time of writing this) their are no specific laws that govern their use in Australia.
We display the “not ADR approved”/”for off-road use only” on our products because their are currently no Australian Design rule to approve them against, this allows the customer to make an informed choice regarding their purchase.
Are modified headlights "ADR Approved" or "Road Legal"?
Specializing in the custom headlight/”retrofitting” industry it’s important for our customers to know the legality of our products. Similar to LED headlight bulbs, some cars from with “angel eyes”/”Halo Rings”/ LED DRL (Daytime running) strips from factory, such as BMW, Mercedes, Hyundai, Kia, just to name a few. However like LED bulbs, fitting aftermarket units are currently unregulated (see above).
Our sequential “flowing” Halo rings have more features than just white as well, adding to the confusion of legality. Our modified headlight fittings start off as an ADR approved unit before we modify them, these comply with the current Australian regulations. But once modified technically this means that an ADR approval is needed for them to be legal to use on Australian roads. Which, because of the colour changing ability our products aren’t able to seek ADR approval.
We recommend that customers use our “warm white” colour while daily driving which mimics the same colour temperature as factory fitted angel eyes/halos. Any other colours are not permitted for forward facing lamps and will likely get you into some trouble with relevant law enforcement.
Our halo rings are designed to be use as daytime running lights (DRLs) for daily driving, legally, DRLs have to either turn off completely, or dim by 75% at night time to prevent unnecessary glare towards oncoming traffic on the road. Our Halo headlights DO NOT do this automatically, they can be dimmed manually through the app.
To Recap: As our custom headlights don’t have ADR approval, we label them as “For off-road use only” to minimize confusion.