So, anyone ever been hassled by the law for HID lights? Or bright lights of any other kind?
I ask because the NHTSA has recently begun enforcing restrictions on the sale of HID retrofit kits for cars. Some of these are poor quality kits that put HID lights in halogen housing, but some are better quality. NHTSA is finishing its two year "review" of HID lighting in the U.S., so there may be new regulatory attention focused on these lights in near future.
I don't know that there is going to be any impact for cyclists. However, there may be more attention paid to HID lights in the near future by state legislatures and other bodies. It may occur to someone-- a local police chief, a city council member-- to hassle a cyclist, too.
I've had an HID headlamp for about a year. I was worried that the local constabulary would be hassling me, but that hasn't happened. Motorists, even, seem to be pretty understanding. I live in an area with a lot of unlit roads, and a fair number of irresponsible cyclists, so perhaps motorists are glad I've got lights at all.
Anyway, as I said, I'm curious about any legal or quasi-legal issues associated with your HID headlamps.