Jeep Wrangler is the ultimate off-road machine. They’re tough, have lots of suspension flex, and will go nearly anywhere you want. After you install a lift kit, larger tires, and maybe some lockers, it may be time for light bars. If you live in the desert like we do, wheeling at night time is preferred. Wheeling at night time without an LED light bar can not only be obnoxious, but it can also be very dangerous.
In this short guide, we’re going to cover the best LED light bars for your Jeep Wrangler. We’ll cover everything from YJ, TJ, and JK. We’re also going to cover the best LED light bar brackets and best LED headlights.
|Brand||Type of LEDs||Waterproofing||Warranty||Price Check|
|Rigid Industries||Cree||IP68||Lifetime||Check Latest Price|
|Baja Designs||Cree||IP68||Lifetime||Check Latest Price|
|KC HiLites||Cree||IP68||27 Years||Check Latest Price|
|Rough Country||Cree||IP67||3 Years||Check Latest Price|
|Rigid Horse||Cree/Philips||IP67||None||Check Latest Price|
|Auxbeam||Cree/Philips||No Waterproofing||1 Year||Check Latest Price|
Best Roof Mounted Light Bars for Jeep Wrangler
Roof mounted light bars help eliminate shadows on the trail, and they look awesome. If you haven’t noticed, Jeeps Wrangler use completely straight windshields. This means using a curved light bar will look really ugly. For that reason, we’re going to focus on straight light bars.
If you use the brackets that come with your new light bar you’ll have to drill holes in your roof/windshield frame. This will majorly damage your roof or windshield frame over time. For that reason, we’re going to focus on light bars that you can get vehicle specific brackets for.
#1 Rigid Industries 50” E-Series Midnight Edition
We absolutely love Rigid Industries products. Not only will they outshine every other product out there, but they’re also extremely tough. Unfortunately, Rigid Industries products are very expensive, if you already know their products are out of your price range, we have cheaper alternatives listed below.
This 50” E-Series puts out an impressive 23,000 lumens at 275W. We love the blacked out look of the midnight edition, but if you don’t like the look you can always pick up a standard 50” E-Series. We know Jeep owners like to wheel really hard, and this light bar is dust, water, and shockproof so you won’t have to worry about it breaking on you. Plus if you manage to break it, it’s covered by a lifetime warranty.
- Warranty: Lifetime
- Power: 275W
- Output: 23,000 lumens
#2 Rigid Industries 50” SR-Series Midnight Edition
One of the great things about straight LED light bars, is how good they look in single stack form. A single stack light bar will also create marginally less drag if fuel economy is a large concern to you.This light bar outputs 18,750 lumens at 200W, which is a little bit less light than the full-size E-Series listed above. Just like every other Rigid Industries product, this 50” SR-Series is water, dust, and shockproof so you won’t have to worry about it failing on you. If you can manage to break it, it’s covered by a lifetime warranty.
- Warranty: Lifetime
- Power: 200W
- Output: 18,750 lumens
#3 Rough Country 50” Black Series (Editor’s Choice)
Although we absolutely love Rigid Industries products, we know how hard they can hurt your wallet. For that reason, we think this 50” Black Series from Rough Country is the best bang for buck LED light bar for Jeep Wrangler. It outputs an impressive 23,040 lumens at 288W. It’s also water and dust resistant with its IP67 rating. Unfortunately, it only has a 3-year warranty compared to Rigid’s lifetime warranty.
If you’re on a budget, but still want an LED light bar with decent quality, this is the one for you. Although you can get a cheaper light bar, we wouldn’t really recommend it. This LED light bar is the perfect balance between quality and price.
- Warranty: 3 Years
- Power: 288W
- Output: 23,040 lumens
#4 Auxbeam 50” Philips
Last, but certainly, not least is the Auxbeam 50” Philips. We’ve used Auxbeam product in the past with great success, but they don’t have the best build quality. We chose the Philips light bar because of its high powered LEDs and decent “pencil beam” projectors. This light bar outputs an approximate 48,000 lumens (questionable) and 480W. This is a budget minded product, so it unfortunately only has a 1-year warranty.
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Power: 480W
- Output: Approximately 48,000 lumens (Questionable)
Rough Country Jeep Wrangler Brackets
Like we mentioned above, you’ll need to also purchase vehicle specific brackets for your new light bar. Rough Country makes excellent brackets that we’ve used in the past and loved. These specific brackets are designed for TJ Wranglers, but they also make brackets for YJ Wranglers and JK Wranglers. Their brackets are made of steel so you won’t have to worry about them bending.
They even make brackets that will allow you to run multiple 50” or larger light bars above your windshield. Although we’re not massive fans of double stacking LED light bars, you might like they look.
Best Hood Mounted LED Light Bars for Jeep Wrangler
One of the cool things about Jeep Wrangler is how easily you can run a hood mounted LED light bar. We’re not massive fans of how much light will be splashed onto the hood, but we love how they look.
#1 Rigid Industries 20” E-Series Midnight Edition
Unfortunately, hood mounted LED light bars will light up your hood. Without a really tight beam to focus the light forwards, some of it will inevitably splash on the hood. For this reason, we decided to feature a Rigid Industries light with a tight beam pattern to decrease the amount of light the hits the hood. Of course, we also picked a Rigid Industries product because we love high-quality parts.
This light bar outputs an impressive 9,200 lumens at 110W. Just like other Rigid products, this one is water, dust and shock proof. This is important since your hood will probably vibrate more than your roof since it’s mounted on a hinge. Plus, if you can manage to break this light bar, you’ll have a nice lifetime warranty to back you up.
- Warranty: Lifetime
- Power: 110W
- Output: 9,200 lumens
#2 Auxbeam 22” RGB
Although we’re not massive fans of RGB light bars because they’re kind of gimmicky, we know a lot of Jeep owners love them. For that reason, we picked this 22” Philips RGB light bar. Not only does it feature RGB accent lighting, it also features really nice Philips LEDs, and it outputs an impressive 12,000 lumens at 120W. It’s a little bit less budget-oriented than some other Auxbeam products, but it’s still relatively cheap especially when compared to a Rigid Industries LED light bar.
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Power: 120W
- Output: Approximately 12,000 lumens (Questionable)
- Features: Full RGB
Rigid Industries 20” Straight Brackets
Funny enough, these brackets from Rigid and the brackets from Auxbeam share a nearly identical design. These brackets are designed for a 20” E-Series light bar but should fit any standard 20” straight LED light bar. Just like the Auxbeam brackets, these are designed to mount directly to your hood without drilling any holes. The brackets are made of high strength steel and powder coated black to match the powder coating of a Rigid Industries light bar.
If you’re still unsure about what LED light bars you should buy, check out our full Light Bar Buying Guide
Can I Install a Curved LED Light Bar on my Wrangler?
In case you didn’t already know, the Wrangler has a completely flat windshield. Most trucks or SUVs have some amount of curve on the windshield. This helps improve efficiency by reducing drag and also helps minimize rock chips. Earlier we mentioned that most Wrangler owners choose to buy straight LED light bars to match the straight design of the windshield.
The problem is, straight light bars provide a narrow beam of light. This is great if you plan on going really fast in the desert, but Jeeps aren’t good at going fast. A curved LED light bar provides a very wide beam which is great for simple trail riding. Can you put a curved LED light bar on a Wrangler? Yes, but it will probably look out of place.