2018 Best LED Light Bars for Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is one of the most famous overloading vehicles on the market. In recent years they have also become one the most popular “prerunning” vehicles in the world. After you’ve bought some nice suspension and bigger tires it may be time to buy some upgrading lighting.

In this short guide, we’re going to cover the best LED light bars for your Toyota Tacoma. We’ll also cover the best light bar brackets as well as the best aftermarket taillights.

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 Toyota Tacoma

Mounting a light bar low on your truck can create shadows which can make driving at night more difficult. One of the best things about roof mounted light bars is how they help eliminate shadows on the trail.

If you use the brackets that come with your light bars then you will be forced to drill into your roof. For this reason, we are going to focus on light bars that you can get custom brackets for. We also understand that you may not have a lot of money to spend so we will also include cheaper alternatives.

#1 Rigid Industries 40” RDS Midnight Edition

We absolutely love Rigid Industries products. Not only are they brighter than almost any other light bar on the market, but they’re also extremely tough. Unfortunately, this kind of quality doesn’t come at a cheap price. If you know a Rigid Industries product is out of your price range, don’t worry we have some cheaper alternatives below.

Tacoma’s are really good for prerunning, and prerunning requires a really bright light bar so you’re not driving blind. This 40” RDS-Series from Rigid outputs an impressive 20,920 lumens at 300W. Plus with their projector design, the light beam is put where you want it. We chose the Midnight Edition because it looks way cooler than the standard chrome light bar. We know a lot of you Toyota guys out there like to beat on your truck and so does Rigid Industries. That’s why this light bar is dust, water, and shockproof. Plus if you can ever manage to break it, it’s covered by a lifetime warranty.

  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Power: 300W
  • Output: 20,920 lumens

#2 Rough Country 40” X5 Series

Second on the list of light bars is a much more budget-friendly product from Rough Country. If you plan on doing simple trail riding or over-landing you won’t need a light bar with a super tight beam pattern like the 40” RDS from Rigid. You still want decent build quality, but beam pattern isn’t such a big issue.

This light bar from Rough Country uses a unique “X” design for the diodes. This allows Rough Country to fit a third row of diodes which increases total light output at the expense of a less tight beam pattern. The light bar out 21,600 lumens at 240W. It’s also water and dust resistant with a limited three-year warranty. For the price, this light bar is pretty hard to beat.

  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Power: 240W
  • Output: 21,600 lumens

#3 Rough Country 40” Curved Black Series (Editor’s Choice)

Third on our list is another product from Rough Country. The “X” design on the light bar listed above is fine for trail riding, but it can’t project light very far. For this reason, we chose the standard version of their curved light bar which should theoretically project the light further out.

Part of the reason we chose the Black Series is that of how much better it looks than the standard Chrome version. This particular light bar from Rough Country outputs 19,020 lumens at 240W which isn’t super amazing but it should project the light a bit further out. It has an IP67 waterproof rating which means it’s water and dust resistant. It’s all covered by the same three-year warranty as the X5 series.

  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Power: 240W
  • Output: 19,020 lumens

#4 Auxbeam 50” Philips 5D

Last but certainly not least on our list is the 5D Philips from Auxbeam. This light bar uses really tight projectors which will send the light much further down the trail while also being very cheap. Unfortunately, this exact light bar only comes in a straight design so it won’t look nearly as good as any of the other light bars.

This light bar outputs a claimed 28,800 lumens at 288W, but it’s probably closer to 23,000 lumens. This is because Auxbeam won’t list the numbers from a proper light output test, but rather the estimated output of all the LEDs combined. Like I mentioned above, the 5D design helps project the light in a tighter beam pattern which is great for high-speed prerunning. Unfortunately, the low cost does come at the price of quality. Auxbeam backs this light bar up with a very short one year warranty and doesn’t mention anything about water and dust resistance.

I wouldn’t purchase this light bar unless you’re okay with a questionable product. The Rough Country light bars don’t cost much more and have a much better warranty backing them up.

  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Power: 288W
  • Output: 28,800 lumens (Questionable)

Rough Country 40” Curved Brackets

Like we mentioned above, bolting a light bar directly to your roof with the included brackets is a very bad idea. Not only will it look really ugly but it will also put massive dents in your roof over time. Plus if you ever remove the light bar for any reason you’ll have two large holes in your roof where water can get it.

These brackets from Rough Country are pretty cheap and are designed to bolt to your factory roof rack. This will save you from roof dents and drilling holes directly on your roof. Plus installing these brackets will actually be way easier. The brackets are made of steel and covered with a black powder coat finish so you won’t have to worry about them bending or breaking.

Xprite 50” Straight Brackets

If you end up going with the 50” Auxbeam light bar we recommended above then you’ll need these brackets. They perform the same job as the brackets listed above but they are specifically designed for a 50” straight LED light bar.

These brackets are also made from a tough full steel construction so they won’t bend. They’re also powder coated black so you won’t have to worry about the paint chipping off over time.

Best Bumper Mounted LED Light Bar for Toyota Tacoma

Although roof-mounted LED light bars are great at eliminating shadows on the trail, they have one major design flaw: windshield glare. This happens when the light emitting for the LED light bar shines down onto the windshield. This can actually make it harder to see at night especially if you’re driving in lots of dust. For this reason, a light bar mounted on your front bumper may be a good idea.

#1 Rigid Industries 30″ ADAPT Series Black

Sitting at the top of our list is the all-new Rigid Industries ADAPT series utilizing Rigids new Active View Technology to change the beam pattern on demand. This greatly improves the overall utility of the light bar as it can adapt based upon the speed of the vehicle with the use of an optional ADAPT GPS module. There are no moving parts inside the ADAPT series light bars making them extremely reliable just like any other Rigid light. Using state of the art projectors and cleverly placed led chips, Rigid has been able to achieve 8 selectable beam patterns ranging from a super tight 15-degrees all the way up to a wide 90-degree flood. While function is top priority with this light bar rigid also gave it some sexy RGB accent lighting that can be changed with the push of a button to be any color in the rainbow

For anyone looking for the top of the line in 30″ light bar, this is it. With an impressive 22080 max lumen output at 281 watts and 65-degree beam angle, this light far surpasses anything currently on the market. To top it all off the Rigid ADAPT is water and dustproof backed up by a lifetime warranty along with all the wiring and mounting hardware to get you up and running
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  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Power: 281W
  • Output: 22,080 lumens
  • beam pattern: 15º-90º
  • Power: 118W

#2 Rigid Industries 30” SR-Series Midnight

Once again we’re going to recommend a Rigid Industries product because of their insane light output and quality. Mounting a light bar on your bumper makes it much more susceptible to getting hit by stuff (rocks for example) so you’ll want a very tough light bar. Mounting a light bar inside your bumper requires a single row light bar which is also why we picked this one. Unfortunately, this light bar is a little expensive so we’ve also listed a cheaper alternative below if you’re on a budget.

This particular light bar from Rigid Industries outputs 11,250 lumens at 118W which is a pretty impressive lumen/watt ratio. Of course, we recommend the Midnight Edition because of its awesome looks. You won’t want a really shiny chrome light bar when trying to keep it semi-hidden in the bumper. Just like any other Rigid Industries product, this one is water, dust, and shockproof. It’s also backed up by Rigid’s lifetime warranty.

  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Power: 118W
  • Output: 11,250 lumens

#3 Rough Country 30” Single Row Black Series

Unfortunately, the Rigid Industries light bar is very expensive. You do get what you pay for, but not all of us can pay for high-end LED light bars. Fortunately Rough Country makes a budget-oriented product which works nearly as well. This specific light bar uses a single row design which is necessary for mounting inside of a Tacoma bumper. We picked the Black Series because of it’s awesome blacked out looks. Plus it comes with a nifty light bar cover for when it’s not in use.

This LED light bar from Rough Country outputs 12,000 lumens at 150W which is actually 750 lumens more than the much more expensive Rigid Industries light bar, but it does require more power than the Rigid Industries bar. It’s covered by the same three-year warranty as the other Rough Country LED light bars we listed above. It’s also water and sun resistant with its IP67 rating.

  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Power: 150W
  • Output: 12,000 lumens

Rough Country Bumper Brackets

These custom built bumper brackets make installing your 30″ light bar on your Tacoma simple and clean. They give an almost factory look to the front of the truck so you won’t be attracting too much-unwanted attention while your truck is parked. These brackets are made of a high strength steel so you won’t have to worry about them failing on the trail. Mounting them couldn’t be easier as there are no holes to drill just a couple screws and you’re good to go.

If you’re still unsure what LED light bar you want to buy be sure to check out our full Light Bar Buying Guide for more information.

About Bryce Cleveland 267 Articles
Bryce founded Dust Runners Automotive Journal in 2014 as a way to write about the cars he found interesting. When he's not writing for Dust Runners he's writing for Power Automedia as a freelancer. He currently drives a 2015 Fiesta ST and absolutely loves it.

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