Off-roading isn't that much fun if you can't see where you're going. It's for that reason that additional lights
are some of the most popular mods for off-roaders. Before you decide which type of lights to outfit
your vehicle with, check out our test of ten different off-roading lights to find one that will work the best for
To test each of the following off-roading lights, Matt Mohl from CJ Off-Road mounted each of the lights to a Jeep and
tested them one by one in a snowy field at night. In order to show you the clearest indication of each light's
performance, both the driver's and a drone's perspective are provided. In order to gauge the effectiveness of the
lights, Matt positioned several markers out in the field, each marking an increment of 50 yards.
The lights tested vary in terms of brightness, beam pattern, and light color. There are lights made for every type of off-roading venture, from conquering rocky trails in the woods, to surfing up and down sand dunes. Regardless of which situation you are looking to light your rig for, there is a light for you. All of the following lights can easily be installed on any vehicle in any alignment, so if a certain light strikes your fancy, it can be used on your set-up.
First off, the CJ's in house brand lights were tested. Consisting of four three-inch high-powered LEDs, these lights provide
a lot of light for their price point. The spot pattern throws light quite far into the distance. With this
light, the 150-yard marker was barely visible. Overall, the color was more pure white verging on blue.
This is the second CJ Off-Road house brand light tested. While the 50-yard mark is hardly visible, it has an impressive spread. Again, for the price point, this is a lot of light and a great way to widen the range of
light on your rig.
- ZROADZ 3-inch LED Pod Lights
- Lumens: 1,600
- Beam Pattern: Spot and Flood
The ZROADZ Pod lights have a nice hybrid beam pattern. It's still wide like a floodlight, but more focused. This
light just reached the 100-yard mark. Overall, this light would function well as a fog light. Additionally,
the color is a neutral white, measuring in at 600k.
- Rugged Ridge LED
Driving Light Square 3
- Lumens: 840
- Beam Pattern: Driving Beam
These Rugged Ridge driving lights are bright. This one light illuminates the area behind the 150-yard marker.
All in all, however, this beam is mostly focused straight ahead, with the brightest portions of the beam being
directly in front of the vehicle. While the light does spread to the left and the right of the vehicle, it isn't
This Rough Country Cree LED Cube handily illuminates the 150-yard marker and much beyond that. This comes at the
cost of it having one of the most narrow beams. That being said, the 30-degree beam pattern is very good for
This Rugged Ridge Fog Light just hits the 150-yard mark. This driving beam pattern does grow wider the
farther out it goes. The spread of the beam is good at covering a wider area directly in front of the vehicle.
When the KC Hilites LED cube was tested, there were audible gasps from the participants. This light shot straight
past the 150 yard marker into the field behind it. The beam is narrow but travels very far. Additionally,
this light throws a good amount of light around the front of the vehicle as well, meaning you can keep your eyes
peeled for obstacles on the trail.
The Rigid Industries LED Pod light has a wide light pattern. One of the benefits of these lights that you
can't see from the test is that they are backlit. Also, these lights are sold as a pair so there will be more
light given off than this test lets on.
This Baja Designs light covers a lot of ground. This wide cornering pattern spreads out wide, and as you
can see from the aerial shots, it fills it all with light. The color of this light is warm, measuring in
at 500K. This is engineered to prevent driving fatigue caused by exceedingly bright, eye-searing light tones.
This Rigid industries light really goes the distance, literally. This light's driving beam pattern is determined to
go as far in a straight line as it can. This is the light that offers the most lumens of any tested, and it's quite visible. Additionally, this light is also sold in a pair, so this test only shows half of what they can do.
What we tested here only scratches the surface of the lighting options available for your off-road rig. Not only are
there many different intensities and beam patterns, but there are entirely different forms of lights like light bars, and upgraded headlights.
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