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#1 01-09-10 19:56:45

bellydancer
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Registered: 06-09-09
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time for lights

is there really such a thing as a legal time (different times for different seasons?)you need to switch on headlights??
and there is a time for side lights and a time for headlights ? :?

i am not sure if my leg is being pulled.... neutral
help!

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Re: time for lights




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#2 01-09-10 20:44:11

pegasus
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From: north west
Registered: 25-02-05
Posts: 3,302

Re: time for lights

Hi
HC rule 113
You MUST

•ensure all sidelights and rear registration plate lights are lit between sunset and sunrise
•use headlights at night, except on a road which has lit street lighting. These roads are generally restricted to a speed limit of 30 mph (48 km/h) unless otherwise specified
•use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced (see Rule 226)
Night (the hours of darkness) is defined as the period between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise).

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#3 02-09-10 06:51:23

adi
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From: shropshire
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Re: time for lights

There is (or at least used to be) such a thing as lighting up times. You used to find them in some newspapers tucked away somewhere.
If i remember rightly it would work out roughly 30 mins before sunset and 30 mins after sunrise. 

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#4 02-09-10 14:29:56

pegasus
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Registered: 25-02-05
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Re: time for lights

Hi
As you can see from the above C&P from the HC lighting up time (Sidelights) is now between sunset and sunrise and (Headlights) sunset +30 mins till sunrise-30 minutes.

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#5 02-09-10 14:56:33

JonnyG
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Registered: 13-01-05
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Re: time for lights

I thought that the minimum requirement was dipped headlights, and not sidelights.? maybe I'm mistaken 
Sidelights are only to be used when parked on a road with a speed limit greater than 30 mph at night.

Also here in N.I. we don't have that rule regarding 30 mph speed limits, just the half hour before sunset part.  So basically when its 30 mins before sunset (or just getting dull) the dipped headlights need to go on regardless where you are driving.


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#6 02-09-10 16:04:07

pegasus
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From: north west
Registered: 25-02-05
Posts: 3,302

Re: time for lights

Hi
HC Rule 115
You should also

•use dipped headlights, or dim-dip if fitted, at night in built-up areas and in dull daytime weather, to ensure that you can be seen


So reading the 2 rules, 113 and 115, together it can be seen that in 30 limits the law requires a minmum of side/rear etc lights, though dipped or dim-dip H/lights are recommended

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#7 02-09-10 21:48:25

Stephen7738
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From: Warrington
Registered: 12-10-04
Posts: 305

Re: time for lights

If it helps try a website called timeanddate.com that seems to have the LUTs that you require.
Stephen

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