Let your Polaris Ranger light up the night
If you’ve ever been out for a ride well after the sun goes down, you know just how helpful a good Polaris Ranger light bar can be. In fact, we wouldn’t recommend that anyone go and ride at night without a quality light bar installed; it’s among the most essential bits of equipment in the UTV enthusiast’s arsenal, throwing light just where it’s needed to avoid hazards and clearly see the trail ahead. Lucky for you, the Polaris Ranger has plenty of usable real estate for mounting a light bar, with models ranging from 48 to 65 inches in width.
If you’re shopping for a new Polaris Ranger light bar, whether you’re installing one for the first time, or simply looking to get a few more lumens than your current unit supplies, there are plenty of options available. Today, energy-efficient LEDs have largely taken over the market, resulting in excellent reliability and longevity, and allowing you to get plenty of light output without taxing your Polaris Ranger’s electrical system.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Polaris Ranger LED light bar options, easing the process of selecting the right unit for your UTV.
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KC HiLites C-Series Light Bar
Available in widths ranging from 10” to 50”, we recommend going with the widest version of the KC HiLites C-Series light bar, because when it comes to visibility, more is always better. The KC HiLites C-Series is a killer light bar for Polaris Ranger, with an IP67 resistance rating against dust and water provided by its durable extruded aluminum housing and GORE membrane barrier. With a combination of two beam patterns – a 12-degree spot, to illuminate everything directly in your Ranger’s path, and a 30-degree flood, to cast some light on the surrounding area – and a 27,000-lumen rating, the C-Series is about all you could ever need to light the path ahead.
Trail Master TM500 50” Light Bar
A dependable, hardworking Polaris Ranger light bar with an agreeable price tag, the Trail Master TM500 is a fantastic choice for the money, with an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating, and the same durable aluminum housing and impact-resistant polycarbonate lens we look for on any off-road light bar. It features an array of 96 LEDs in a combination spot/flood pattern, casting a total 25,920 lumens over the trail and surrounding environment, and at this price point, with Trail Master’s well-respected name behind it, it’s a properly good value proposition.
Rough Country 50” Black Series Dual Row Curved CREE LED Light Bar
Another affordable option from a well-regarded manufacturer, this Rough Country 50” Black Series bar makes for a high-quality Polaris Ranger light bar that hits all the major targets: efficient and weather-resistant LEDs, an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating, and more than 20,000 lumens of raw output – 23,040 lumens in a combo spot/beam pattern, to be exact. But where this bar really shines is its curved shape and black bezel: a great-looking combination on any Polaris Ranger. That curved shape also allows the Rough Country 50” Black Series bar cast light on a wider-angle flood pattern than a flat bar can manage, making it perfect for environments where a lot of peripheral light is required.
Rigid Industries Radiance Backlight Light Bar
In its 50” form, the Rigid Industries White Radiance Backlight Light Bar is the most expensive Polaris Ranger LED light bar on this list by far, but if you’re looking for some of the best build quality out there, you’ve found it, in one of the flashiest, best-looking light bars on the market. It’s available in widths from 10” to 50”, with several different stylish colored backlight options: white, red, blue, and green. But what truly sets this Polaris Ranger light bar apart is its IP68 weather resistance rating, reflecting superior water-resistance than most other bars, and vibration-resistance validated through the US military’s MIL-STD-810G testing standards. Its approach to illumination is a bit different, opting on the 50” bar for 27 large LEDs rather than nearly 100 smaller ones, and that means a raw output of 16,389 lumens, but boy does it look great doing it.
Rigidhorse 52” Single Row Combo LED Light Bar
Shopping on a budget? You don’t need to spend vast sums for a full-width, high-output light bar for Polaris Ranger, and while there’s certainly something to the old adage “you get what you pay for,” this Rigidhorse 52” single row bar is astonishingly competent for the money. The manufacturer rates this good-looking, aluminum-housed LED light bar at 50,000 lumens, which is almost certainly optimistic, and we might hesitate to subject the unit to a lot of dust or water exposure, but if you’re looking for something inexpensive to try out, at around $100, this LED light bar is a low-risk proposition.
XJMOTO Pro-Fit Cage Polaris Ranger Light Bar Mounts
As “universal” as most light bars claim to be, mounting one to your Polaris Ranger might not be as straightforward as you’d like, especially if you’re hoping to avoid drilling into your expensive UTV. Plan on having to make a trip to the hardware store, and consider picking up one of these XJMOTO Pro-Fit Cage mounting bracket kits. The Polaris Ranger light bar mounts clamp directly onto your UTV’s Pro-Fit cage, so there’s no need to drill into the metal, and they make it a cinch to install most 50” light bars. Compatible with Ranger 500, 570, 900, and 1000.
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