LED light bars provide an extremely useful lighting option for a relatively cheap price. Bright, day-quality white light cuts through the fog for driving, illuminates work sites, campsites, off-road trails, or lakes and rivers for nighttime boating, even late night parties or early-morning farm work. LEDs (light emitting diode) use less power and emit less heat than traditional lights. One of the leading manufacturers is CREE. Listed here are 5 of the top CREE LED light bars at the 44″ length.
This light bar packs in 80 3-watt CREE LEDs packed into a durable die cast aluminum housing. Stylish vertical fins on the back help to keep the light cool. The lights have a 30,000-hour useful life and come with a 2-year warranty. It includes a wiring harness and can work with a variety of vehicles using 10V-30V batteries. The glass lens is rated IP 67 waterproof and throws a bright puddle of 60 degree flood and 30 degree spot lighting.
The Penton LED light bar takes only 15 minutes to install and wire up. It’s bright, durable, and doesn’t fog up like some cheaper brands. A few buyers have reported some leaking, but spreading a daub of silicone around the edges is an easy fix. Otherwise it’s earning a reputation as a very reliable light bar, whether it’s rough trail riding or night fishing.
2. NorthPole Light
The NorthPole 44″ light bar delivers exceptionally bright light at up to 288 watts and 31,680 lumens from 10V-30V DC power sources. Its rugged design includes black aluminum housing around the 96 CREE LEDs, adjustable sliding mounts and a shatterproof lens. It’s dustproof, shockproof, and rated at 30,000 hours of operation. It includes a 12-month warranty and NorthPole’s 24-hour customer support.
The NorthPole looks a bit cheaply made, but that may be part of the lower price. It delivers daylight quality illumination. It’s easy to install, and the stainless steel mounts are sturdy enough for hard use. It doesn’t come with wiring instructions, but isn’t complicated; you can call NorthPole if you need help. It more than lives up to it’s IP 67 water-proof rating and will provide everything you need in a light bar.
The SLDX lives up to the competition across the board with its 288-watt spot/flood output, 1 year warranty, and die cast aluminum housing. It has the higher waterproof rating of IP 68, adjustable sliding mounts, and the 30,000 hour lifespan. The light utilizes 96 CREE bulbs to produce 19,200 lumens though a quartz lens. The package includes the 30A/40A wiring harness and installation toolkit so you’re ready to hook up and go right out of the box.
As the lowest-price light bar on the list, the SLDX impresses. Very bright light and solid construction. Installation is easy and secure; the light bar gives no vibration and steady, powerful light even zipping down the trail at 50 mph. The wiring harness plugs in easily and the switches and relays are reliable. All in all, this is some great quality for the price.
This has the 96×3-watt CREE LEDs for the total 288 watt output and a max 28,000 lumens. The spot/flood breakdown is 30 LEDs for the spot and 36 for the flood. The Eyourlife 44″ comes with sliding mount brackets that cover up to a 41″ width for some flexible mounting choices. This product has the IP 68 waterproof rating, aluminum housing, and PC glass lens. It comes with a 2-year warranty and a lifespan of 50,000 hours of use.
The light bar seems well made and is very easy to install. The mounting brackets seem a little too light, but most buyers report no problems; also check the operation of the LEDs before installing. This light bar throws a powerful funnel of light up to 100 yards away. It’s a satisfying product that should provide a long life of good performance.
The SiriusLED light bar comes with the 80 3-watt CREE lamps behind a glass lens, for up to 240 watts and 24,000 lumens of output. It comes with adjustable mounts and a wiring harness that includes a luminous switch – perfect for night-time driving, boating, or heavy equipment operation. It has the usual IP 67 waterproof rating, 9V to 32V DC operating current range, and 30,000 hour life expectancy. The Sirius also comes with a 2 year warranty.
Unfortunately, these light bars tend not to come with directions, but for anyone with basic wiring experience the Sirius and it’s wiring harness are essentially plug-and-go. The 44″ light bar installs easily on most vehicles and delivers very bright lighting. The SiriusLED light bar looks and feels like solid, quality construction, and continues to perform in even the dustiest or wettest environments.