The Polaris RZR is one of the most popular UTVs around. They can be used for trail riding, prerunning, racing, farming, and so much more. When it comes to off-roading, many of us prefer wheeling at night because the temperature is so much cooler. If you’re wheeling at night then you’re obviously going to want the extra lighting to help you see further down the trail. Typically we recommend tires and suspension before adding LED light bars, but the RZR is pretty perfect right from the factory so we think an LED light bar should be one of the first mods you do.
In the short guide, we’re going to take a look at the best LED light bars for a Polaris RZR. We’ll look at roof-mounted LED light bars, as well as the best bumper mounted LED light bars. We’re also going to cover some mounting systems because the brackets that come with LED light bars are universal and kind of suck.
|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 LED Light Bars for Polaris RZR
Mounting an LED light bar on your roof has a couple of benefits. The main benefit is decreased shadows on the trail allowing you to effectively see more. The only real drawback of a roof-mounted LED light bar is windshield glare, but most UTVs don’t have windshields so this isn’t really an issue. There are RZR specific brackets available for every single LED light bar listed below.
#1 Rigid Industries 30” E-Series Midnight Edition
We want to start this list out with one of our favorite products, the E-Series Midnight Edition by Rigid Industries. We love Rigid products because of their light output, build quality, and warranty. Unfortunately, this kind of quality doesn’t come cheap, so if you’re on a budget don’t worry we have cheaper LED light bars listed below.
This particular LED light bar from Rigid Industries outputs 13,800 lumens at 165 watts. Most LED light bars have lots of chrome inside the housing which looks kind of ugly. For this reason, we specifically chose the Midnight Edition which blacks out pretty much everything giving it a much more sinister look. Just like all Rigid Industries products, this LED light bar is IP68 water and dust proof. If you somehow manage to break it Rigid Industries will back it up with their lifetime warranty.
- Warranty: Lifetime
- Power: 165 Watts
- Output: 13,800 Lumens
- Build Quality: Excellent
#2 KC HiLites 30” Flex Array
Second up on our list is the Flex Series from KC HiLites. KC HiLites isn’t the biggest name in the LED light bar market, but they definitely make some of the best LED light bars out there. We chose this LED light bar because of its modular design. This means you can make it a single stack, double stack, triple stack or anything in between. This kind of flexibility is a feature that no other LED light bar has.
For this particular series of LED light bar, KC HiLites used extra deep projectors which helps them put the light further down the trail. If you plan on racing or pre-running then a quality projector like this one is pretty important. This LED light bar output 14,625 lumens at 150 watts which is an extremely impressive lumen/watt ratio. Just like the Rigid Industries light bar above, this one is IP68 water and dust proof, plus if you can manage to break it KC HiLites will back it up with their 23-year warranty.
- Warranty: 23 Years
- Power: 150 Watts
- Output: 14,625 Lumens
- Build Quality: Excellent
#3 Rigid Horse 30” Straight 8D (Editor’s Choice)
We know that many of our readers are on a pretty tight budget. We all want a high quality LED light bar, but most of us just can’t afford one. For this reason, we chose the Rigidhorse 32” LED light bar because it combines decent quality, great reviews, and a low price. In the past, we have often criticized quad row LED light bars for not projecting the light far enough down the trail, but if you don’t plan on going fast then this isn’t a problem.
This particular light bar takes 564 watts to power, so an upgraded charging system may be necessary. We can’t find a lumen count for this LED light bar, but we would estimate it’s around 15,000 lumens. Unlike most cheap LED light bars this one is actually IP67 water and dust resistant. If you plan on racing or pre-running you’ll want an LED light bar with better projectors. If you don’t plan on racing or pre-running then this LED light bar is pretty hard to beat for the money.
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Power: 564 Watts
- Output: Estimated 15,000 Lumens
- Build Quality: Okay
#4 Auxbeam 30” RGB Straight 5D
Last but definitely not least is the 30” 5D Straight from Auxbeam. Auxbeam has pretty much become the biggest name in the cheap LED light bar market. Although we generally recommend staying away from cheap Chinese LED light bars, we’ve used many Auxbeam products in the past with great success.
Unlike some of the other LED light bar listed above, this one doesn’t really bring any big innovation to the table. It’s just a pretty standard design with decent components, but with an RGD accent lighting system.. The projectors are surprisingly good creating a fairly clean spot beam pattern. Auxbeam claims this LED light bar outputs 18,000 lumens at 180 watts, but it’s probably around 11,000 lumens in the real world. If you’re on a very tight budget this LED light bar is the only way to go.
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Power: 180 Watts
- Output: 18,000 Lumens (Questionable)
- Build Quality: Poor
Roll Cage Mounting Brackets
When you buy any of these LED light bars you also need to buy a mounting system. The LED light bar does come with brackets but they won’t work on your RZR. Luckily mounting systems are around $50 and come with everything you need. The type of brackets you need depends on what year RZR you own and if you buy a curved or straight LED light bar.
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Best Bumper Mounted LED Light Bars for Polaris RZR
Although mounting an LED light bar on your roof has a couple of advantages, it does have a couple of disadvantages. Windshield and hood glare is the biggest problem with roof mounting, but the RZR doesn’t have a windshield so this isn’t exactly a problem. If you’re following someone in the dirt, however, a roof-mounted LED light bar can actually make it harder to see by lighting up the dust directly in front of the driver. Mounting an LED light bar low on the bumper solves these issues which is why so many people prefer this mounting style.
Rigid Industries RZR Headlight Kit
Although this kit technically isn’t a bumper mounted solution, it’s mounted low enough that is overcomes the issues we discussed before. This kit is extremely well engineered and has been proven to work. Unfortunately, this kind of precise engineering isn’t cheap. We do have a solution listed below if you’re on a budget.
This kit uses 2x SAE Compliant D-Series lights as the primary headlights and 2x D-Series Driving lights as the high beams. The kit includes the brackets, wiring, and hardware necessary to make installation a breeze.
Auxbeam 2″ LED Pods
The kit listed above is excellently engineered, but the lights used are pretty expensive. To save some money you can use the brackets in the kit, but use some cheap LED pods instead of Rigid’s D-Series pods.
We’ve used these exact LED light pods from Auxbeam in the past and absolutely loved them. The color is a nice white and the beam pattern is surprisingly tight. We used them as fog lights on our XJ Cherokee, but they were definitely bright enough to be used as headlights.
Importance of High-Quality Projectors
One of the most components of an LED light bar is the projector. With a low-quality reflector cup, the light emitting from the diode will essentially be lost. With low-quality projectors, the light won’t be directed in the correct direction. This design and quality of the projector and reflector cup are what separates a low quality LED light bar from a high quality LED light bar. The main reason brands like Rigid Industries and Baja Designs are so so expensive is because of their extensive research on how to develop better projectors. If you decide on going with a cheap Chinese LED light bar, make sure you get one with a 4D or 5D projector, as these perform much better than the old 3D design. If you’re still not sure which LED light bar to buy, check out our full LED light bar buying guide.