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Thinking a bit laterally about Kens OP, surely the easiest solution here, and costing less possible would to change the indicator wiring to flash off instead of on like in the USA making them into marker lights, they didn't even have fashers as such for a very long time, they used the brake lights as indicators of a turn.
I like that idea Kev and have seen it used on motorbikes, which both increases their visibility and allows them to indicate.

There's no reason it couldn't be adapted for our door mirrors.

I can remember imported Pontiacs, where the whole tail light or brakelight would flash to indicate a turn.
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I like that idea Kev and have seen it used on motorbikes, which both increases their visibility and allows them to indicate.

There's no reason it couldn't be adapted for our door mirrors.

I can remember imported Pontiacs, where the whole tail light or brake light would flash to indicate a turn.
I'm sure any decent auto sparky could sort it out, I think it'd have to include all the indicators to keep it simple front, mirror and rear, I also wonder if you could have the side marker lights flash too, this would also be a boon when waiting at T junctions etc, it's possibly look cool too.

With regard to coloured lights blue seem to be a fave on trucks but I'm sure they actually are illegal, unless it's emergency services truck of some kind.
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With regard to coloured lights blue seem to be a fave on trucks but I'm sure they actually are illegal, unless it's emergency services truck of some kind.
I think blue coloured bulbs were given a 'by' when Xenon lights became popular, where from some angles they appear blue. I don't know if it came from a stated case, or if it just became common practice, but 'blue' was subsequently considered to be within the 'white' light spectrum and to the best of my knowledge isn't proceeded against.

Flashing blues are an entirely different matter and can only be displayed on emergency vehicles.

Being the observant type of driver that I am, I have on a few occasions, in the dark, seen flashing blue lights in my cross views, only to get closer and realise it's a vehicle with constant blue lights fitted, passing alongside a fence or barrier, creating a flashing effect !
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Creative though the above lighting effects are I can't help thinking that a pair of good mirror guards- properly fitted- are a must.

We've had several clashes of mirror on narrow roads- always in bright, sunny daylight where lights would not have been a lot of use I suspect.

After the first one, a swipe with a rubber inflatable boat on a trailer coming down a hillside much too fast in Slovenia, we bought mirror guards. These have been hit several times ( and no, not once our fault; we are pathologically careful about the mirrors after the first expensive incident) and have always held the mirror together and prevented damage to the glass or the electrics. Surprisingly, on our last van, it passed the MOT 6 years running despite the fact that we knew that if the mirror guard had been removed the Fiat bit inside was in ruins. Apart from scratches, removed with a bit of Vim, the guard was intact

By all means light up your mirror but don't rely on the lights for total protection.
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I think the light idea is to make them more visible so they are less likely to be hit in the first place, but a belt and braces approach would work well too.
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