Having a proper Jeep light bar installed on your Wrangler is paramount to effectively navigating off-road. After all, the trail is full of hazards; being able to successfully navigate those hazards, without getting stuck or incurring costly damage to your Jeep, rests on maintaining adequate visibility in all conditions. That’s one reason why light bars are so ubiquitous among vehicles that see regular off-road use: they’re essential equipment.
But there’s a lot to consider when you go shopping for the perfect Jeep light bar. Today, the market is dominated by LEDs, thanks primarily to their winning combination of low power consumption, high output, long service life, and affordability, so weighing different bulb types against one another is all but unnecessary. However, the off-roader still has to take into account factors like the beam pattern – spot, flood, or combination – the level of illumination, and the durability and weather-proof rating of the housing.
If that sounds like a lot, relax. We’re here to help. We’ve rounded up five of the best Jeep light bar options on the market, covering a range of price points, to make the process of choosing a bit easier.
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KC HiLiTES 50” C-Series Dual Row LED Light Bar
The KC HiLiTES C-Series is a popular and well-regarded Jeep light bar product line, and for very good reason. Its extruded aluminum housing is more durable than the die-cast alternatives, and its GORE membrane barrier provides an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating. With a combination 12-degree spot and 30-degree flood beam pattern, the KC HiLiTES 50” C-Series is more focused than some of the other options on this list, making it perfect for off-road use. A dual-row LED array provides up to 27,000 lumens of total illumination. Pick one up today for about $600.
Trail Master TM500 50" LED Light Bar
The Trail Master TM500 is an all-around excellent Jeep light bar, offering all the must-have features – a durable aluminum housing, an impact-resistent polycarbonate lens, an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating – at an affordable price. An array of 96 LEDs provides up to 25,920 lumens of illumination in a versatile combination spot/flood pattern, and it’s a universal fit, in theory making it suitable for JKs, JLs, Gladiators, and anything else wide enough for a 50-inch light bar, although in some cases, additional mounting kit may be required. Buy one now for $267.
Rough Country 50” X5 Series Dual Row Cree LED Light Bar Kit
If cost is a concern, the Rough Country X5 Series Dual Row Cree LED Light Bar provides exceptional value for the money, with a price tag so low you may as well buy two. It’s housed in durable die-cast aluminum with an IP67 protection rating, meaning it’s well guarded against dust and water intrusion. Just as important, it delivers an impressive 25,650 lumens of illumination, thanks to “more LEDs per square-inch than any other light bar” – a product of its unique X-shaped LED pattern, which lights the path with a combination 8-degree spot/90-degree flood beam pattern. Vehicle-specific mounting brackets are sold separately. You can buy one now for just $180.
Baja Designs 50” OnX6+ LED Light Bar
Far and away the most expensive Jeep light bar to make our list, the Baja Designs 50” OnX6+ is also the most luminous. Go figure. With up to 39,430 lumens of light from 30 LEDs, this bar is more than enough for most serious off-roaders. As if that wasn’t enough, the Baja Designs OnX6+ comes housed in an aircraft-grade aluminum casing with a billet machined bezel and a hard-coated polycarbonate lens. Its dust- and water-resistance rating – IP69K – is the highest available, and it’s even rated to stand up to pressure washing, or go for a dive up to a depth of 9 ft. Not that you’d ever take your Jeep light bar for a swim. There’s a reason Baja Designs is so revered in the world of off-road lighting, but that reverence comes at a cost – more than $1500.
Rigid Industries 50” Radiance Plus Series LED Light Bar
Similar to the Baja Designs OnX6+, but available for a little more than half the price, the Rigid Industries Radiance Plus Series LED light bar opts for a single row of large LEDs, as opposed to the many two-row designs out there. That contributes to its superb, effective “Broad Spot” optics, which Rigid says “combine the attributes of a spot and flood beam pattern.” At up to 21,384 lumens of illumination, the Rigid Industries Radiance Plus is technically the least radiant of the light bars on this list, but how effectively the light is focused is at least as important as raw output. What’s more, its high-grade aluminum housing and high-impact polycarbonate lens are sealed to provide dust- and water-intrusion protection rated at IP68, reflecting demonstrably better water-resistance than IP67-rated bars. Buy one today for about $840.
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