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Best UTV Lights: Conquer the Night

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BYElijah Nicholson-Messmer/ August 7, 2022

If the factory headlights on your UTV are leaving something to be desired, it’s time to consider a new set of offroading lights. Unlike headlights, auxiliary lights can take many forms on your UTV. Whether you’re looking for a behemoth of a light bar or a simple set of pod lights, you can find a nearly never-ending list of options at every lumen count and price point you could imagine. With the sheer number of options available, it’s hard to cut through the haze. That’s why we’re here. From wattage and color temperature to warranties and IP ratings, we did the research to find the best lighting solutions out there. These are our picks for the best UTV lights.

Best Overall

Baja Designs ONX6+

Summary
The ONX6+ from Baja Designs is simply the brightest, most durable light bar on the market today. The price tag reflects it.
Pros
  • Unparalleled IP69K weatherproofing
  • High/low beam functionality
  • Limited lifetime warranty
Cons
Significantly more expensive than other options in the segment
Best Value

Rough Country Black Series Dual Row

Summary
Rough Country’s offering isn’t exactly comparable to the ONX6+, but for a fifth of the price, it still offers a huge value.
Pros
  • IP67 resistance to water and debris
  • Die-cast aluminum housing
  • Three-year limited warranty
Cons
  • Not bright enough for all applications
  • Less weather resistant than some competitors
Honorable Mention

Rigid Industries Radiance+

Summary
Rigid Industries’ Radiance+ LED light bar is a great middle-ground option between the Rough Country and Baja Design options.
Pros
  • IP68 protection from liquid and dirt
  • Built with high-grade aluminum alloy
  • 10-year warranty
Cons
  • Some customers have reported warranty support difficulty
Best UTV Lights: Conquer the Night

Summary List 

Best Overall: Baja Designs ONX6+

Honorable Mention: Rigid Industries Radiance+

Best Modular Lights: KC HiLiTES Gravity LED Pro6

Best Flood Lights: Nilight 60001F-B

Why Trust Us

Our reviews are driven by a combination of hands-on testing, expert input, “wisdom of the crowd” assessments from actual buyers, and our own expertise. We always aim to offer genuine, accurate guides to help you find the best picks.

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Our Methodology

For our top picks, we decided to look specifically for light bar options as those are generally the starting point for any light setup. We also opted for combination beam patterns when searching for our best lighting picks as these provide the most usability for most people. That said, we also included options for specific needs like modularity. Outright brightness was always a top consideration, but a good light doesn’t stop at its lumens. We used The Drive’s review methodology in considering other factors like IP ratings, warranty coverage, color temperature, and overall price. To better compare relative performance and price differences, we picked the 20-inch option for all light bars. We also opted exclusively for LED lights for their performance benefits.

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Specs

  • Raw Lumen Output: 24,920 (high); 18,460 (low)
  • Wattage: 216 (high); 160 (low)
  • Color Temperature: 5000K

Pros

  • Ultra-high lumen output
  • High/low functionality increases usability
  • Extremely durable IP69K rating
  • Limited lifetime warranty and 30-day full return

Cons

  • Very high price point
  • Potentially too bright, depending on use

Baja Designs is broadly considered the best offroad lighting manufacturer on the market today. With their top offering, the ONX6+, you’re getting by far the brightest light on our entire list, with a peak output of 24,920 lumens. If that sounds like a lot, the ONX6+ has high/low beam functionality, with the low beam producing 18,460 lumens. The aircraft-grade aluminum exceeds MIL-STD810G standards against things like shock and vibration. The ONX6+ also offers the highest IP rating of any light on our list, with its IP69K compliance making it dust-tight, waterproof up to nine feet, and pressure washable. All of that plus a limited lifetime warranty makes it easily the best UTV lighting option available today. However, with the 20-inch option costing $770, before buying the $75 wiring harness sold separately, the ONX6+ is simply beyond the budgets of many UTV users. Few people question whether Baja Designs justify the price tag, but whether one can afford that price tag is another question.

Specs

  • Raw Lumen Output: 9600
  • Wattage: 120
  • Color Temperature: 6500K

Pros

  • Competitive price point
  • IP67 protection against dirt and water
  • Three-year warranty covers casing, bulbs, and wiring

Cons

  • Lower lumen output than some competitors
  • May not be durable enough for certain uses

At just $170, Rough Country’s 20-inch Black Series Dual Row LED light bar has a lot to offer for a fifth of the price of the ONX6+. Industry-leading Cree LEDs are used in the light, producing 9600 lumens at 120 watts for the 20-inch option. The dual row bar uses an eight-degree spot, 90-degree flood combination beam pattern. With a die-cast aluminum housing and an IP67 rating, the Dual Row is dust-tight and protected against temporary immersion in water. Included with the light bar itself are a set of noise silencers, a snap-on cover, base and end mounting hardware, and a wiring harness with a switch. Rough Country backs the light with a three-year warranty that covers the casing, bulbs, and wiring. The Dual Row doesn’t provide the level of durability or outright illumination that the Baja Design’s ONX6+ does, but hundreds of users vouch for its overall value given its significantly lower price point.

Specs

  • Raw Lumen Output: 7,128
  • Wattage: 92
  • Color Temperature: 7.65 pounds

Pros

  • IP68 protection against dirt and water
  • High-grade aluminum alloy, E-Series quality construction
  • Mounting hardware and wire harness included
  • 10-year warranty

Cons

  • Low lumen output relative to its price point
  • Some customers report poor warranty claim experiences

Rigid Industries is another cornerstone brand in the offroad lighting segment. Their E-Series Pro is their top-of-the-line offering, but the Radiance+ line offers many of the same features at a discounted rate. The 20-inch Radiance+ bar produces 7,128 lumens at 92 watts through its combination beam pattern. The high-grade aluminum alloy housing and IP68-compliant design make it dust-tight and protected against continuous immersion in water. A heat sink also helps to prolong the life of the lights. Rigid Industries offers a 10-year warranty for the Radiance+ series, less generous than the limited lifetime warranty of their E-Series, but still comprehensive compared to other offerings in the segment. It’s worth noting that some customers have reported difficulty with getting their lights fixed or replaced through warranty claims, but these are ultimately anecdotal experiences. Included with the light is black, powder-coated mounting hardware, a 20-foot wire extension, and a multi-switch wiring harness.

Specs

  • Raw Lumen Output: 6,900
  • Wattage: 60
  • Color Temperature: 5000K

Pros

  • IP68 protection against dirt and water
  • Lifetime warranty for hardware, five-year warranty for electronics
  • Ultra-modular Infinity Ring system

Cons

  • Low lumen output relative to its price point

KC HiLiTES are legendary in the offroading scene for good reason. Besides the iconic look of the round Gravity LED Pro6 lights, they also offer 6,900 lumens at 60 watts through a combination beam pattern. The Pro6’s patented Gravity reflective diode technology creates a highly targeted light distribution to make greater use of the available lumens. Coupled with its IP68 rating, the Pro6 lights offer the durability and illumination you need when offroading. But, it’s their Infinity Ring system that makes them a true standout for those seeking a modular lighting setup. Through a unique hinge and bolt design, the Pro6 can be continually extended as one bar or separated into individual units, allowing as much modularity as you need. Depending on your exact setup, this may require buying additional mounting hardware. At $850 for the 20-inch version of the Pro6, KC HiLiTES is far from a budget-friendly option, but if iconic looks and modularity are what you’re after, it’s hard to beat the Gravity Pro6.

Specs

  • Raw Lumen Output: 9,000
  • Wattage: 75
  • Color Temperature: “Clear” (exact rating not listed)

Pros

  • IP67 protection against dirt and water
  • Lifetime warranty against defects
  • Includes wiring harness, switch, and mounting hardware

Cons

  • Potentially less durable than needed for exceptionally rugged terrain

If a full light bar is unnecessary for your uses or just not your style, then a simple pod lighting setup might be a good way to go. Pro Comp’s Wide Angle Cube lights project 9000 lumens per light at 75 watts through its combination beam pattern. For just over $200, you get two cube lights, a wiring harness, switch, relay, and two sets of mounting brackets and hardware. The lights are IP67 compliant, making them dust-tight and protected against temporary immersion in water. Pro Comp also provides a lifetime warranty for their lights against defects. Between their lumen output and their weather protection, Pro Comp’s pod lights offer a lot of value. They’re not the absolute highest performing pod lights on the market or the cheapest, but they strike a good balance that makes them a great choice for the average offroader.

Specs

  • Raw Lumen Output: 1,260
  • Wattage: 18
  • Color Temperature: 6,000K to 6,500K

Pros

  • IP67 protection against dirt and water
  • Two-year factory warranty
  • Budget-friendly price point

Cons

  • Less bright than higher-end options

Flood lights can be a worthwhile consideration for a couple of reasons. First, if you’re only using your UTV at relatively low speeds then long-distance illumination might not be a concern for you. Second, if the lights your UTV came equipped with from the factory already provide enough long-distance visibility, then you might just want a more expansive view at close range. If you relate to either of those situations, then the Nilight 60001F-B set of LED flood lights is a great, budget-friendly option. The lights produce 1,260 lumens with a 6,000K to 6,500K color temperature. With its aluminum construction, the lights have IP67 compliance, making them dust-tight and protected against temporary immersion in water. Mounting hardware and a wiring harness are not included but can be ordered with the lights for a total of roughly $40.

Our Verdict

The Baja Designs ONX6+ is simply put the brightest, most durable light on the market today. If your budget allows for the price tag, you won’t be disappointed. But, if the ONX6+ is more light than you need, check out the Rough Country Black Series Dual Row light.

Things to Consider Before Buying UTV Lights

Bulb Type

For all of the lights recommended in this article, we opted for LEDs thanks to their neutral color temperature, efficient power consumption, and longer overall lifetime. LED lights have become increasingly prolific in many offroad lights, but depending on your exact needs, it might be worth looking at HID or halogen bulbs. These different types of bulbs can offer lower cost or greater illumination than LEDs, although they often come with downsides such as overall shorter lifetimes.

Beam Pattern

Lights are about a lot more than just lumens. If you want a new set of lights to truly improve your nighttime driving experience, then you need to understand what exactly you need them to do. Generally speaking, you’ll find three different types of beam patterns available depending on the exact light: spot, flood, and a combination of the two. If you’re doing high-speed nighttime driving in your UTV then a spot light would likely be the most useful option for you as it lets you see far ahead on your path. The inverse is true if you’re going on slow-paced rides. If you’re only needing to see relatively close by, then a flood light would be a good option.

IP Rating

The level of protection your lights need from the elements is ultimately going to vary depending on the kind of environments you take your UTV through. Whatever your needs, the IP (ingress protection) rating system provides a useful scale to understand the level of protection your lights have against dirt and water. 

The IP code is composed of two numbers. The first number refers to protection against solid objects like dirt and goes from zero to six. The second number refers to protection against liquids and goes from zero to nine. For reference, the Baja Designs ONX6+ has an IP69K rating, making it dust-tight, waterproof up to nine feet, and pressure washable. By comparison, the IP67 rating of the Rough Country Black Series Dual Row makes it dust-tight and protected against temporary immersion in water.

Warranty

Smart engineering and good build quality are always going to be your first protection against malfunctions, but should something go awry with your headlights you want a trust-worthy warranty plan that keeps your UTV performing as it should. This starts, of course, with reading about the plan itself. How long is it? What exceptions do they not cover? Does it extend to secondary owners or is it only good for the original purchaser? Beyond that, spend a little time reading through forums about actual customer experiences. See if the business’s support department was quick to respond and easy to work with or if they were slow and difficult.

Color Temperature

If you’re looking to maximize clarity and visibility you want to pay attention to color temperature in any UTV lights you’re considering buying. Across the light options included here, the color temperature ranges from 5,000K to 6,500K, placing them in the white, daytime light segment of the spectrum. This is generally considered the best temperature for visibility. Most LED headlights generally stay in this range, but LEDs can go as low as 3,000K, a warm yellowish light, or as high as 12,000K, a cool blue light.

UTV Lights Pricing 

Depending on the quality and type of light you get, prices can run anywhere from $20 to $1,700. Light bars generally cost more than pods, with a budget-friendly option going for $100 to $200 while a high-end light bar can run anywhere from $500 to $800 for a 20-inch model. Pod lights tend to cost much less, anywhere from $20 to $200, but their performance isn’t ultimately comparable to light bars of equivalent quality. Depending on the company, other necessary equipment like mounting hardware and wiring harnesses may not be included in the base price, which can add to the price significantly.

FAQs 

You’ve got questions. The Drive has answers.

Q: Where should I mount my lights?

A: The answer to this depends on the type of light you’re mounting. Spot lights benefit from being placed high up, as they’re meant to throw light a long distance. Since flood lights are meant to illuminate the area close by, you want them mounted lower down.

Q: Are offroad lights street legal?

A: Legality is always going to depend on your local government’s laws, but generally speaking, offroad lights are not street legal. Most street legal vehicles meet various standards around light brightness, placement, and DOT compliance that offroading setups do not comply with.

Q: Can I mount lights myself?

A: Many light manufacturers include instruction manuals of varying detail outlining how to mount and install their lights, making the process relatively painless for many buyers. But if you’re not especially savvy when it comes to mechanics and electrics, it might be worth considering taking it to a professional to have it done.

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