2017 Best F-150/F-250 LED Light Bars for Sale

Pretty much everyone wants an LED light bar on their truck. Choosing the right one, however, can be fairly difficult. There’s different sizes, brackets, and styles to choose from. If you have an F-150 or F-250 and like to go off-roading at night time then you definitely need an LED light bar. An LED light bar can obviously help you see at night, but it can also save you from getting yourself in dangerous situations off-road.

We’re going to cover the best LED light bars for your F-150 or F-250, as well as the best brackets.

F-150 Roof Mounted LED Light Bars

Most people who own an LED light bar put it on the roof of their truck. Not only does mounting it up high help eliminate shadows, but it also looks awesome.

#1 Rigid Industries 50” RDS E-Series Midnight


In our #1 spot for F-150s is Rigid Industries. The 50” E-Series is the perfect size for an F-150 of any year and the Midnight Edition looks super awesome. This LED light bar is impact, dust, and water proof, so it won’t break just because you because you like to go hard off-road. Plus this light bar outputs an impressive 26,150 lumens at 375W.
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  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Power: 375W
  • Output: 26,150 lumens

#2 Rigid Industries Radiance 50”


In our #2 spot is another Rigid Industries product. If you don’t have a lot of money but still want the best quality possible the Radiance 50” is definitely the way to go. Although it doesn’t look as awesome of the E-Series midnight, we think it still looks pretty darn cool. It’s water, dust, and shock resistant, plus it’s built to the super high standards of Rigid Industries.
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  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Power: 278W
  • Output: 15,876 lumens

#3 Rough Country 54” Curved Black Series


In our #3 spot in a budget minded product from Rough Country. Although this LED light bar isn’t as durable or high quality as the Rigid Industries LED light bars it’s quite a bit cheaper. We chose the Black Series because it looks way better than the standard version. Some F-150s can fit up to a 54” light bar, plus the Rough Country brackets are designed for a 54” LED light bar.
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  • Warranty: 3 Year
  • Power: 24960 lumens
  • Output: 312W

Rough Country F-150 54” Brackets


We strongly recommend using vehicles specific brackets. The brackets that come with light bars are designed to bolt directly on your roof. Not only does this look really bad, it can cause massive dents on your roof that are extremely expensive to repair. Plus the vehicle specific brackets look way cooler.
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F-150 Grill Mounted LED Light Bars

One of the cool things about Ford trucks is how much space is left in the grill and bump for light bars. Mounting an LED light bar in your grill or bumper doesn’t produce windshield glare like a roof mounted light bar can.

#1 Rough Country Dual Grill Light Kit


Although we would’ve loved to feature a Rigid Industries product in our #1 position we won’t. Rough Country’s F150 grill kit mounts two 30” single row light bars seamlessly into your factory grill. This kit only works with the C-clamp style grill so make sure you’re truck has that! The kit includes brackets for grill mounting, two 30” light bars, and two wiring harnesses.
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  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Power: 150W each
  • Output: 12,000 lumens each

#2 Rigid Industries Grill Light Kit


If you want a light bar in your grill but don’t like the look of the factory grill, then this kit is for you. The Rigid Industries grill kit includes a laser cut metal grill with a cutout at the bottom designed for a 20” light bar. Unfortunately the only kit we could find on Amazon doesn’t include the light bar so you’ll have to source that yourself.
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F-250 Roof Mounted LED Light Bars

Putting an LED light bar on the roof of an F-250 is a little bit trickier because the cab is much wider than an F-150 cab. Because of this you’ll probably want a 54” or bigger LED light bar. A 50” LED light bar will fit, but it won’t look that great since it’s so much smaller than the width of the cab.

#1 Rigid Industries 54” RDS-Series Midnight Edition


Although the 54” RDS from Rigid Industries is relatively expensive, for an F-250 you’ll want something that can take a beating. The 54” RDS is water, dust, and shock proof. You never know when something might bump into your light bar especially since F-250s are so tall. Of course we’re going to recommend the midnight edition because of how awesome it looks. The 54” RDS outputs an impressive 28,242 lumens, lighting up the darkest of nights.
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  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Power: 405W
  • Output: 28,242 lumens

#2 Rough Country 54” Curved Black Series


If the Rigid Industries 54” RDS is out of your price range we strongly recommend the Rough Country 54” curved. Although this LED light bar isn’t as strong or as powerful, it performs decently and more importantly is expensive. We picked the Black Series because we believe that “chrome” light bars are ugly. The 54” curved from Rough Country outputs 24,960 lumens which is about 3,700 lumens less than the Rigid Industries RDS listed above. If you’re on a budget this is the light bar to buy.
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  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Power: 312W
  • Output: 24,960 lumens

Rough Country 54” Curved Brackets


Of course we recommend using brackets that are meant for your specific truck. Rough Country makes a nice set for 54” curved LED light bars. These brackets are made of steel so your light bar doesn’t wiggle around. Although these brackets aren’t the best looking, they’re pretty cheap and work very well.
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Rigid Industries 54” RDS Brackets


If you plan on buying the Rigid Industries 54” RDS which we highly recommend you can’t use the Rough Country brackets listed above. Rigid Industries using a different mounting system than most LED light bars meaning you have to use Rigid Industries specific brackets. Although these brackets are more expensive than the Rough Country brackets, they look much better and they’re stronger.
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F-250 Grill Mounted LED Light Bars

Just like the F-150, the F-250 has a massive grill with tons of extra space. Although we’re going to list some grill LED light bar kits, you can also just make your own mounts and put any 30” light bar behind the grill.

#1 Rigid Industries 11-16’ Grill Kit


If you’re tired of the ugly factory grill then this kit is perfect for you. This kit includes a laser-cut stainless steel grill that’s powder coated black that looks awesome. Also included is a 30” RDS-Series light bar that outputs 15,690 lumens. Although this kit is expensive, all the components included are extremely high quality.
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  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Power: 225W
  • Output: 15,690 lumens

#2 Rough Country Dual Light Bar Grill Mount


Just like with the F-150 grills, the F-250 has the same c-clamp style grill. The area in between the tops and bottom of the clamps is perfect for a single row light bar. This kit from Rough Country allows you to mount 2x 30” single row LED light bars in your grill. What’s great about this kit is that it looks like it was a factory option. The light bars included out 12,000 lumens each.
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  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Power: 150W each
  • Output: 12,000 lumens each

#3 Rough Country 11-16’ Bumper Mount


Replacing the factory grill plus buying a light bar can be expensive. If you’re on a budget the Rough Country bumper mount is for you. These brackets allow you to easily mount a 20” LED light bar inside the small slot in the bumper. Although it isn’t as cool as a grill mounted LED light bar, it’s much cheaper. We would recommend using the Rough Country brackets with a 20” E-Series from Rigid Industries for the best light output.
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Why Put a Light Bar in Your Grill?

At this point you may be asking yourself, why the heck do people put light bars in their grill? Won’t that negatively affect the cooling system? Depending on how large the light bar is and how small your grill is, yes it can negatively affect your cooling. Ford trucks, however, have massive grills that are actually larger than necessary for typical use.

If you’re doing a large amount of heaving towing you should probably shy away from grill mounted light bars. Or at least see what people on Ford truck forums are saying about it. The last thing you want is your truck to overheat while you’re towing because a light bar was blocking the airflow.

Cooling system aside, the main benefit to a grill mounted light bar is no windshield glare. When you mount a light bar on your roof often times some of the light will shine down on the windshield and hood. This can actually make it harder to see depending on how dirty your windshield is. Mounting the light bar in the grill completely eliminates the windshield glare effect.

Summary

All the options we listed above are kits that anyone can buy. If you want something more custom we recommend going to a local fabrication shop and having them build you custom mounts. Combine those custom mounts with a quality light bar from Rigid Industries and you’ll have a setup nearly everyone is jealous of.

You can read even more about what light bars you should and shouldn’t get in our Light Bar Buying Guide.

About Bryce Cleveland 225 Articles
Bryce is a die hard car fanatic. When he's not working on his Jeep Cherokee, he's beating it up in the desert. He started Dust Runners Automotive Journal in 2014 and continues to write content for it as much as possible.

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