2018 Best XJ Cherokee LED Light Bars for Sale

Many of us young Jeepers own an XJ Cherokee because they’re cheap and nearly indestructible. After you install a lift kit, larger tires and maybe some lockers, what’s the next modification? A light bar of course! Don’t be that guy who buys light bars before a lift kit.

If you live in the desert like we do, wheeling at night time is preferred. Without an LED light bar you could end up driving into very bad situations so we strongly recommend picking one up. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve almost drove off a cliff or slammed into a massive rock because we couldn’t see far enough at night time. We’re going to cover the best LED light bars for your XJ Cherokee, as well as the best brackets for your new light bar.

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

Roof Mounted Light Bars for XJ Cherokee

Roof mounted light bars help eliminate shadows on the trail, and they look awesome. If you use the brackets that come with your new light bar you’ll have to drill holes in your roof and those will majorly damage your roof 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” RDS Midnight Edition

In most of our articles, we almost over recommend Rigid Industries. If you know a Rigid Industries light bar is out of your price range we recommend cheaper options further down. The 50” RDS from Rigid outputs an insane 26,150 lumens at 375W. We know XJ Cherokee owners like to wheel their Jeeps really hard, and this light bar is dust, water, and shockproof. This means your Jeep will break before the light bar will. Plus it’s covered by a lifetime warranty so you won’t have to worry about your hard earned money being wasted.

We chose the midnight edition because of its awesome looks, but if you don’t like the all black look you can opt for a standard 50” RDS. If you’re able to afford a Rigid Industries light bar we strongly recommend doing so, but if not there are other options available.

  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Power: 375W
  • Output: 26,150 lumens

#2 Rough Country 50” Curved Black Edition

If a Rigid Industries light bar is way out of your price range, the next best option is Rough Country. Although this light bar isn’t as durable as the Rigid Industries, it’s much cheaper. This light bar outputs 23,040 lumens at 288W which is around 3,000 lumens less than the Rigid Industries light bar. Just like before, we chose the Black Edition because of its awesome looks. Besides that the Chrome on the face of the light bar doesn’t do much anyway, the chrome inside the reflector cup does all the work.

If you’re on a budget and still want a high-quality light bar we would strongly recommend taking a look at the Rough Country 50” curved. If this light bar is still a little bit out of your price range don’t worry, we have an even cheaper solution.

  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Power: 288W
  • Output: 23,040 lumens

#3 Auxbeam 50″ 5D Curved

If even the Rough Country light bar is out of your price range, don’t fear because we have another option. This 5D light bar from Auxbeam isn’t as durable as either of the options above, but it is much cheaper. We’ve used the older 4D version of this exact light bar on our XJ Cherokee and absolutely loved it. It isn’t the blueish color that many light bars outputs, but instead it’s pure white. The 5D optics help project the light far forwards allowing you to see what’s ahead on the trail. This 50″ light bar from Auxbeam outputs an impressive 28,800 lumens

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Power: 288W
  • Output: Approximately 28,800 lumens

Auxbeam XJ Cherokee Brackets

One of the worst things you can do when installing a light bar on your roof is to use the brackets it comes with. The brackets that are included with your new light bar are universal and required mounting directly to your roof. Not only does this make your install very ugly, but it will also cause major damage over time. When we installed a 50” light bar on our XJ Cherokee we used brackets from Auxbeam.

These brackets are very strong and very cheap. They’re basically a knock-off of Rough Country XJ Cherokee brackets, but they’re slightly cheaper. We strongly recommend spending the extra money and using these brackets.

Bumper Mounted Light Bars and Headlights for XJ Cherokee

Roof mounted light bars look awesome and eliminate shadows on the trail, however, they create windshield glare. Windshield glare is when the light emitting from your light bar shines on the windshield. This can make it very hard to see and sometimes harder to see then if the light bar wasn’t on at all. For that reason, we want to recommend some bumper mounted options. The stock bumper on an XJ Cherokee can accommodate up to a 30” light bar.

#1 Rigid Industries 30” E-Series Midnight Edition

Just like always, if you can afford a Rigid Industries light bar we would recommend buying one. Mounting a light bar on your bumper makes it more susceptible to rocks hitting it and you’ll want a strong light bar to hold up to that kind of abuse. This light bar is shock, dust, and waterproof making it perfect for this task. As always we prefer the midnight edition because of its awesome all black looks. You could also opt for a curved light bar from Rigid, but we for bumper mounting we recommend the straight version of this light bar.

The 30” E-Series outputs an impressive 13,800 lumens at 165W. Plus it’s covered by a lifetime warranty so even if you manage to break it your money won’t be completely wasted.

  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Power: 165W
  • Output: 13,800 lumens

#2 Rough Country 30” X5

We’re not massive fans of cramming more diodes in a small space which you can read about in our Single Row vs Double Row article. In this situation, however, we think a triple row light bar like what Rough Country offers is suitable. When mounting a light bar on your bumper you’re going to want a flood(ish) beam pattern like what X5 offers. This light bar outputs an impressive 16,200 lumens at 180W. Mounting an LED light bar on your bumper does make it much more susceptible to getting hit by rocks and Rough Country backs this light bar with a rather short three-year warranty. If you’re concerned about breaking your LED light bar, a Rigid Industries LED light bar might be a better choice.

  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Power: 180W
  • Output: 16,200 lumens

#3 Auxbeam 2×2 LED Pods

If your XJ has factory fog lights installing LED cubes like these will be a breeze. We used these exacts LED pods on our XJ Cherokee and loved them. The beam they output is very tight, so tight that we actually used them on the street as fog lights and never had an issue. They aren’t officially street legal so do that at your own risk. Off-road the tight beam pattern allows you to see way far out on the trails.

You can also buy little amber covers for these LED pods that will help you see through dust and fog which you can read more about in our Amber Light Bars article.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Power: 20W each
  • Output: Unknown

#4 Auxbeam 5×7 Headlights

This is another product we used on our XJ Cherokee. Most of the factory sealed beams that come in XJ Cherokee output very little light. These headlights are a direct fit and take about 10 minutes to install. The plug to connect them is also the same as the factory XJ Cherokee headlight plug making installation even easier.

Please note that these are not at all street legal and you should use them at your own risk. Just because we never had any problems using ours on the street doesn’t mean you will.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Power: 39W
  • Output: Unknown

For more information about everything light bar related, be sure to check out our full Light Bar Buying Guide

About Bryce Cleveland 265 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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