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But a clarification to this… A few years ago, anyone looking for a ‘lightbar’ was wanting a flashing beacon array for warning or emergency situations. Today a lightbar (or light bar) just as often refers to a high-output LED white light line up for 4WD or off-road night driving. Here we’re talking about emergency lightbars, not the 4WD ones.
Amber is by far the most the most popular warning light colour for two reasons:
Wherever you go, on and off road, you’ll see amber LED beacons and lightbars. With multiple mounting options, programmable flash patterns, high intensity light output and ease of installation, there’s an appropriate beacon or lightbar for your vehicle.
But not just anyone is allowed to fit lightbars or beacons to their vehicles—here’s an overview of the requirements and recommendations for road vehicles on NZ highways:
Apart from highway safety, warning beacons can be used:
This information is provided in good faith to give an overview of current NZ legislation. Check the legislation here, NZTA’s requirements here, requirements for on-road use of agricultural vehicles here, COPTTM’s requirements here and here, requirements for overdimension vehicles here, requirements for flash patterns and light output on page 78 here.