DIY Lug-Nut Third Brake Light
Mark Geragos stated that 1/2 the guys in prison are from a busted tail light, recent events suggest some municipalities consider this a capitol offense punishable by death. Started me wondering, am I driving around in a probable-cause-mobile since I had removed my third brake light after installing an aftermarket bumper and 33" spare, the factory light was no longer visible.
In California (V C Section 24603), if the vehicle was manufactured with a third brake light, then you are required to keep the light functioning. (The code seems to imply this is a federal standard 49 C.F.R. 571.108)
Tangible, objective probable cause is a Barney Fife, ladder climbing prosecutor's wet dream. There is no denying my third brake light is missing, unlike, a subjective claim that could be argued.
Now I know. I started looking around, there are some cool ideas out there to add the third brake light. I really liked the lug nut led's, but 50 bucks (plus tax, s&h), seriously. Well good if you can get it. Ran up to Frys (electronics not grocery) and they had a 12v red led. Add a rubber grommet and presto a DIY led lug nut light for 10 bucks.
The lights are Linrose, Superbrite LED B4383H1, rubber grommets are everywhere, including my box of spare junk. Could be brighter, but then again, you could make that argument about me as well. At least now the argument is subjective, and the lights are unique and kinda fun.
4'' Full-Traction long arm
1'' Body lift