Having a Cree LED light bar on your 4-wheeler, ATV, or boat is a smart move. They give you maximum visibility for work or play. The ability to see your surroundings provides the capacity to do more, and do it safely. There are a lot of options out there. To get the most out of your light bar, here’s a breakdown of five of the top products available.
This light bar provides 7200 lumens of illumination through 24 3-watt CREE LED chips in double rows. These provide a combination of spotlighting at a 30-degree field of view and flood lights at 60-degrees. A large built-in heat-sink for cooling, quality aluminum housing, and waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof construction provide a lifespan of 30,000 hours or more. It’s very bright and easier on the battery than even the stock headlights that come with some ATVs. This light bar holds up well to rough trail riding even in wet weather.
One change with this new Auxbeam 12″ model are re-designed brackets that allow the light bar to slide into different positions. There’s a downloadable manual for anybody who has questions on replacing the older brackets. No instructions or wiring harness are included, but that keeps the price lower, and installation is fairly simple.
This produces the usual 72W power but an exceptional 10,800 lumens from the combo flood/spot lighting through the array of white Cree LEDs. It’s waterproof, includes a military-grade moisture breather, and can handle up to 30V, making it a great option for even larger boats or trucks. It also includes an adjustable mounting bracket that allows you to swivel the light through a 180-degree range. Quality design and unique heat sinks can extend the useful life for this light bar to over 50,000 hours.
The 5D reflecting lens is more than a design gimmick; the brightness and versatility of this light means that with a minimum of fuss, you can get a 360-degree view at an impressive distance. Having the efficient breather valve is a big plus. Some users report off-roading in the pouring rain with no problems from this light bar.
Voltage capacity of 9V to 60V make this suitable for everything from a small ATV to a respectable yacht. The design entails the 6000K bright white spot/flood lighting, 72 watts of power, and 6072 lumens from the CREE 3-watt chips. The light bar also includes a wiring harness, free shipping, and the manufacturer’s money-back guarantee.
This light bar is actually thin enough (just over 3″) to slide in behind the front grill of most ATVs, and attaches securely with the use of self-tapping screws and a little marine epoxy. It’s bright for the price but not as durable as some models, in that it can start to take on condensation inside the housing. However, thoughtful installation and the above-mentioned marine epoxy can help minimize this. At a good price, this is a very satisfying product.
This is a versatile lighting product with its sliding and adjustable mounting brackets. It can be fitted comfortably to curved surfaces on your vehicle. Specs are pretty standard: 24 3-watt LEDs, flood/spot lighting, 72 watts of power, 30,000-hour lifespan, 3700 lumens, and 9V – 30V range of power sources, aluminum construction, and PC lens.
Some users maintain that the actual lumen output is lower than the manufacturer specs, and that the spread of the light cone angles is too narrow over a distance. However, its waterproof capability is top-notch. It’s promised to be waterproof at a 3-foot depth for 30 minutes or more. It’s also 100 percent dustproof, which means it should serve reliably under even the worst conditions. The Nilight also comes with a wiring harness and 2-year manufacturer warranty.
This is the typical design of 72-watt spot/flood, bright white array of 24 3-watt CREE LEDs. Its 7200 lumens is only above average but more than bright enough for most activities. It has a lifespan of around 30,000 hours, but is constructed for off-road durability with a die cast black aluminum housing. It’s dustproof, waterproof, vibration-proof, and comes with a 12-month warranty. The light bar ships with slide mounts for flexible positioning and installation.
A 12V minimum power source may make it unsuitable for 9V ATVs. At 12V the output is actually only about 63 watts, but that’s still enough to brightly illuminate objects 40 feet away. It may take a little creativity to attach to tight spaces or curved surfaces. For the most part, however, the Kohree light bar rates high for ease of installation, durability, and overall performance.