For all off-roaders or those who do outdoor chores at night, an LED light bar is a must-have. They mount where you like on your vehicle fairly easily, so you can light up your surroundings no matter where you are. A 36″ light bar is often a great buy. Whether it’s night-time boating or driving a tow truck, one of these 36″ LED light bars is a tremendous advantage in low-visibility conditions. Here are five of the best on the market at this size.
KanSmart claims that the 5D projector lens provides 200 percent more light than the previous 4D design- up to a top-rated 20,000 lumens at 234 watts. This comes from 78 3-watt CREE LEDs arranged in the combination spot/floodlight pattern. The KanSmart light bar comes with a 2-year warranty, water-resistant design, and a rugged aluminum housing. Three sliding mounting brackets allow for adjustment, and a 10 inch wiring harness is included.
Unfortunately this product doesn’t ship with an instruction manual, but you can request one. If you’ve worked with vehicle lighting before, this one is simple and easy to install as is; the wiring harness should plug right in. It’s a super-bright light that extends your field of vision for at least 50 yards, and the 5D lens is securely sealed so that even a power washer can’t force water in.
This bar is versatile for anything from an ATV to a large boat, utilizing 10V to 30V operating power to provide up to 234 watts and 15,600 lumens. The 78 3-watt CREE bright white lights illuminate in the 30-degree spot and 60 degree flood lighting that’s typical of light bars. The SLDX comes with an estimated 30,000 hour lifespan, a 1-year warranty, water resistant design, installation toolkit, and a wiring harness to make 40A relays and switches easy to install.
The sliding mounts make it easy to reposition and secure the light bar with a small allen key. Even at 15,600 lumens it’s surprisingly bright. Shipping and packaging tends to be on the skimpy side, with no instructions and little or no documentation, but the light bar itself is well made, simple to install, and lives up to expectations.
The SUFE light bar matches the SLDX for versatility and output, but comes with fixed rather than sliding mounts. It also has the same 30,000 hour lifespan and 12-month warranty. But the SUFE does include a few electrical upgrades, such as the integrated epoxy sealed optional beam, and prevention of electrical leakage, reverse polarity, and fire. The SUFE 36″ light bar is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. This helps to create extended usefulness as well as lower power demands.
It ships with a wiring harness that is easy to use and ready to go. Even attaching a switch is straightforward; this is a good idea with vehicle lights and they’re inexpensive. The SUFE light bar is very bright, durable, and seems satisfying hefty at a weight of 11 pounds. You can expect this light to survive a lot of rough use.
This light bar uses the same 78 3-watt CREE LEDs and 10V-30V operating power, but boasts a more output at 16,200 lumens. The LEDs have an above-average lifespan of 50,000 hours. The spot/flood combo is very efficient, with great light dispersion and no detectable dead spots. This means less eye fatigue over time, making it a great choice for work vehicles.
The Eyourlife 36″ light bar includes an installation kit that seems excessive, if anything. The light bar attaches with three sliding aluminum mounts that you can space out as you like, though you may need longer bolts to attach it to a roll bar or front grille. Some users have reported a little water leakage, but it’s an easy fix by applying a little water proof epoxy or silicone around the lens edges. Overall, it’s a well-made product.
Comes with all the standard specs: 78 3-watt CREE LEDs, 10-32V DC power, adjustable brackets, bright white Flood/Spot combo beams, 15,600 lumens, IP68 waterproof rating, and 30,000 hour lifespan. Again, instructions aren’t included, but it comes with a wiring harness and is easy to install on most vehicles.
Though fairly new to the LED light bar market, Topcarlight provides a well-made product. Some buyers have reported Osram rather than Cree LEDs, but with no loss of brightness. Enthusiastic users have reported months of hard trail riding and multiple trips through the car wash without a spot of intrusive moisture and no loss of performance in illumination. Considering the low price and impressive results, the Topcarlight 36″ LED light bar is a terrific bargain.