Light the way for your ATV to keep you riding longer

If you ever might find yourself riding after sunset, a solid, reliable set of ATV LED lights can make a world of difference. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

Navigating the branches, brush, ruts, and mud puddles on the trail can be hard enough even in broad daylight, when you can clearly see everything around you. Take away visibility and suddenly riding becomes that much more difficult. Auxiliary lights for ATVs are nothing new, of course, but the surge in availability of LEDs in recent years has been a godsend. They’re more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs, meaning you can get more light output for the same amount of current draw – a valuable thing when you’re working with a battery a fraction of the size of your typical car battery. They also tend to be smaller in profile, requiring less space to house than comparable incandescent or halogen bulbs, which means they can occupy a smaller housing. Less housing means less added mass and less obstruction of your view.

These days, there are plenty of high-quality ATV LED lights to choose from, many coming from well-known, reputable brands you might recognize from your favorite SEMA Show builds. But for every reliable, well-built unit on the market, there is at least one dud. To help you navigate the myriad options on the market today, we’ve put together this list of the best ATV LED lights available.

Rigid Industries E-Series 10” Combo LED Light Bar

Rigid E Series

A flagship light bar from a brand with some real credibility, the Rigid Industries E-Series 10” Combo LED Light Bar is one of the best ATV LED lights money can buy by virtue of its durable, weatherproof construction and intelligent design. An ideal size to fit most any ATV or UTV on the market, the Rigid E-Series light bar boasts a total of 20 LEDs cooled by oversized heat sinks that allow them to operate continuously without overheating. Those LEDs are backed by a combination of spot- and flood-pattern reflectors for an ideal combination of illumination distance and area, and altogether, they’re rated for a combined 5,470 lumens in raw output – enough light that you could probably ride your ATV on the dark side of the moon if you wanted to. A black-coated aluminum housing and a sealed polycarbonate lens keep the LEDs safe from damage on the trail, and the stainless steel mounting brackets should be good for years of exposure.

Sylvania 3-Inch Round LED Light Pod

Sylvania 3-Inch Round LED Light Pod

Combination-pattern LED light bars make for a great all-in-one solution, but if you’re looking for a more flexible, custom-tailored approach to your ATV LED lights, these 3-inch round spot-pattern LED pods from Sylvania are an excellent choice. They have the perfect size and level of light output for an ATV – 3,200 raw lumens per pod – and they’re easy to stick just about anywhere. The focused spot-beam pattern ensures that all that light is cast far down the trail where you need it most, leaving plenty of room for a dedicated flood light or two. Just as important, each Sylvania 3” Round LED Light Pod comes in a durable aluminum housing with a sealed polycarbonate lens, which together contribute to an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating for years of reliable service life.

NiLight 18W LED Pods

NiLight 18W LED Pods

For a pair of dedicated flood-pattern ATV LED lights that won’t break the bank, for our money, we’re going with these NiLight 18W LED Pods. They’re an exceptional value from a well-known and trusted brand, with six high-intensity LEDs per pod combining to cast 1,260 lumens of wide-area light coverage, and dependable IP68-rated housings that are so well-sealed you can dunk them in a meter of water for 30 minutes and they’ll still work, according to the manufacturer. Owners rave about the durability of these lights, which come housed in 6063 aluminum housings with adjustable-angle mounting brackets that let you point the light just where you need it. Cooling fans work in concert with the heat-dissipating die-cast aluminum housings to keep the LEDs nice and cool, contributing to a working lifespan of more than 30,000 hours, and considering the price of admission, these pods represent hands down one of the best values out there.

KC HiLites C-Series 10” Light Bar

KC HiLites C-Series 10” Light Bar

A bright, durable, reliable 10-inch light bar for less, the KC HiLites C-Series 10” Light Bar is another outstanding value in the world of ATV LED lights. The bar features a total of 16 LED bulbs with a combined 48-Watt power rating, with an array of spot- and flood-pattern reflectors delivering an all-in-one solution to your ATV’s auxiliary lighting needs. The total output of the array is 3,360 lumens, which is more than enough for just about all situations, and an IP67-rated black-coated aluminum housing with a durable polycarbonate lens protects all the sensitive electronics from dust, rain, snow, vibrations – even RFI and EMC interference. It’s not the utter best ten-inch LED bar you can get, but it punches far above its price tag, making it an excellent buy.

Baja Designs On6X+ 10” Combo LED Light Bar

Baja Designs On6X+ 10” Combo LED Light Bar

As a general rule, if you want the absolute best lighting you can get, you turn to Baja Designs. That’s reflected in the price tag, with this On6X+ 10” Combo LED Light Bar costing significantly more than most of its competitors, but that’s money well spent if you simply have to have the best of everything. The On6X+ features six high-output LEDs casting a total of 9,230 lumens on Low, or 12,460 lumens on High, which is more light output than you’ll ever need. The unit’s weatherproof acumen is similarly impressive, earning an IP69K dust- and water-resistance rating, which is higher than any of the other ATV LED lights on this list, and exceeding the military’s MIL-STD810G testing specifications. It does this with an aircraft-grade aluminum housing featuring a military-spec hard anodized coating, a billet aluminum bezel, and a hard-coated polycarbonate lens, resulting in a light bar so rugged it can be submersed in water up to 9 feet in depth and can survive a pressure washer – not that you’re likely to end up testing those claims.

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