Ride into the night with a new light bar for your ATV
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Navigating through heavy bush, around tight corners and across swampy ponds are nothing that an ATV can’t handle. While the stock lighting on most UTVs and ATVs leaves much to be desired, installing a quality ATV LED light bar can make a world of difference if you’re out on the trails when the sun goes down.
With so many companies making ATV and UTV light bars, you have the opportunity to select one that is simple to install (universal mounts), assembled with top-of-the-line parts, (i.e., CREE LEDs), and might even come with a wiring harness and switch for a near factory look. A combination of spot and flood optics are ideal, broadening the range of the visible light giving you increased distance and width to see easily into and around corners.
If you like lots of options, you are in luck. The aftermarket is chock full of UTV and ATV LED light bars. To help narrow down your search, here some staff favorites from the best businesses in the industry.
Table of Contents
- 1. Editors Choice - Rigid Industries E-Series LED Light Bars
- 2. KC HiLites 334 C-Series 10” LED Light Bar
- Promoted Product: Diode Dynamics Stage Series LED Light Bars
- 3. Baja Designs S8 Series LED Light Bars
- 4. Baja Designs On6X+ 10” Combo LED Light Bar
- 5. Vision X LED light Bars
- 6. Best Budget Option: Tusk LED Light Bar
- 7. Alternative Light Option: Rigid Radiance Light Pods
- Am I better off running an LED light bar or HID lights?
1. Editors Choice - Rigid Industries E-Series LED Light Bars
Rigid Industries makes top of the line ATV LED light bars – the Rigid E-Series in particular is among the best ATV LED lights available today. A great option for ATVs is its 10” E-Series Pro spot/driving light bar that comes with a universal handlebar mount for easy installation. In addition, it features a combination of spot and flood lights for maximum visibility while riding. According to Rigid, their hybrid lighting system utilizes a combination of lens and reflector that “captures the maximum amount of light emitted from the LED and projects it exactly where you want it.” This ATV light bar also features a plug and play harness with switch to make installation quick and simple, and is also a great UTV light bar.
2. KC HiLites 334 C-Series 10” LED Light Bar
KC HiLites is well known as one of the original ATV LED light bar manufactures in the industry. In business for 45 years, KC HiLites has been an industry leader and continues to prove they have what it takes to make some of the best ATV lights available. This 10” light bar is everything you need to light the night. It comes with combo spot and flood lights, wiring harness and mounting hardware and is also available in 20, 30, 40 and 50 inch widths. The 10″ bar retails for about $220 and offers a total output of 5400 lumens and is IP 67 rated waterproof.
Promoted Product: Diode Dynamics Stage Series LED Light Bars
Unlike standard light bars using basic optics and reflectors, Diode Dynamics’ Stage Series LED light bars utilize the newest technology. Using custom-engineered TIR (total internal reflection) optics and high-intensity LEDs, Stage Series LED light bars shine light in a functional, useful beam pattern, which is much more focused than older light bars on the market. They easily mount onto any UTV or ATV using the included brackets. And at less than 42mm tall, they’ll fit in many places a traditional dual-row light bar won’t, while cutting total weight as well.
3. Baja Designs S8 Series LED Light Bars
The Baja Designs S8 Series LED light bars are a preferred ATV light bar by recreational riders and racers alike. This slim light bar is made from an aluminum frame, and features upgraded reflectors, and an amber backlit feature. The combo light provides ample light at night, and comes in a variety of sizes from 10 to 50-inches long. Total output is 4000 lumens from the 10″ bar and it draws only 3.33 amps. Plus the scalloped design adds a touch of style to your ATV and also look great as an upgraded UTV light bar. Buyers should note that the wiring harness for this light bar is sold separately.
4. Baja Designs On6X+ 10” Combo LED Light Bar
Another outstanding option from Baja Designs is the On6X series. This 10″ combo LED light bar is on the expensive side, 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 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.
5. Vision X LED light Bars
This low profile UTV or ATV LED light bar utilizes Vision X’s spot beam technology to emit a strong range of light while riding at night. Installation is easy and adjustable because of Vision X’s unique mounting system, which places the mounts in an adjustable track along the bottom of the light bar. Vision X says the Lightning offers a narrow/tight beam pattern for great long-distance performance, while Vision X boasts lighting is 90% optically pure making their products some of the best ATV LED lights in the business.
6. Best Budget Option: Tusk LED Light Bar
If you snoop around online, you will find a lot of very inexpensive light bars from a lot of brands that you’ve never heard of before. But when it comes to finding a budget-friendly LED light bar, we tend to stay clear of those. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good options that cost less. A well-regarded off-road brand that can save you money on everything from tires to winches, Tusk also offers a line of LED light bars that are worth exploring. This 12-inch light bar produces an impressive 3240 lumens and has a plug-and-play wiring harness for easy installation, rubber mount between the L brackets for vibration control, nearly 180 degrees of illumination, 6061 aluminum housing, IP67 waterproof rating, and uses a total of 36 watts (3 watts per bulb). That is a lot of performance and some impressive features for an ATV light bar in this price range.
7. Alternative Light Option: Rigid Radiance Light Pods
If you want some extra lighting but would prefer something a little more affordable, compact, and less conspicuous than a light bar, these Radiance light pods from Rigid Industries are a solid choice. Sold in pairs, these light pods boast new forward projecting broad optics designed to optimize the light output and back lighting. Each pod light produces 900 raw lumens boasts a beam distance of 112 meters. They are also IP68 rated, so they will keep water and dust out. Mounting brackets are included with each kit.
July 14, 2021: Added a Promoted Product to the article
May 13, 2021: Added the Baja Designs On6X light bar and Rigid Radiance light pods.
March 9, 2021: Replaced our Lazer Star product recommendation with a new budget option from Tusk.
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Am I better off running an LED light bar or HID lights?
While HID (High Intensity Discharge) lights can provide brighter light that covers a larger area, that doesn't make them the ideal fit for most ATV or UTV owners. HID's require time to reach peak brightness and depending which brand/style you opt to go with require a ballast that takes up more space on your machine. LED light bars house everything in one package and can run for more than 20,000 hours, making them some of the longest lasting lights you can get. LEDs also require minimal energy from your electrical system, instantly reach peak brightness and are usually more budget friendly.