Question about lights in CA

BigBikeMan

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Do I need them in California? So far I’ve found conflicting arguments about if I do or not. As of now I have a horn, mirror, plate, helmet, and a class M. I do not want to have to install an extra generator in my bike just to get lights I will use in bright daylight just to find out I might not need to. I’ve only found CA legislation stating you need a class M license, plate, and helmet but that’s it. Some people say you need them and some people say you don’t. Which is it?

Thanks,
BigBikeMan
 

bairdco

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Legally, you need a headlight, taillight, and brakelight.

If you're not riding at night, you probably don't have to worry about it.

If you are, you definitely should have lights.

Also, bicycles (non-motorized) are required to have a headlight and taillight if riding at night.

Its mostly so cars see you, not so you can see in the dark.