Vehicle lights have come a long way in even the past thirty years. But there are still moments when you are traveling where you wish you had more light.
You might be burning up some whoops on your way to camp in Baja or simply getting into your favorite local campsite a bit later than planned. In either case ,you will be glad you read our list of top overland lighting products when you need to light up the darkness.
We have compiled some of the best overland lights for driving and around your campsite.
KC HiLites Gravity LED Pro6 Light Bar
The Gravity LED Pro6 8-light light bar is an impressive array of off road lights poised to make a statement in appearance and in performance. The patented Infinity Ring system allows users to adjust their light bar from a straight bar to curved on the fly. The Pro6 system is modular and customizable to provide various widths and beam patterns. Whether you are hitting jumps in your sand rail or trying to track down a trailhead in the wee hours, the Pro6 is an excellent off-road lighting choice.
Baja Designs Squadron Pro Driving/Combo LED Lights
The Squadron Pro from Baja Designs is a joy to use in any pattern. The Driving Combo pattern is the best all-around option and regardless of the shape of the beam, the Squadron Pro will throw out 4600 lumens of CREE LED goodness. The aluminum construction is tough and resists overheating and the lenses and optics are serviceable with parts readily available from Baja Designs. A feature relatively unique to Baja Designs lights is the warm 5000K light temperature that is much closer to daylight colored than a lot of other off-road lights.
Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini V2
The usefulness of a traditional glass-globe lantern is hard to justify when units like the Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini exist. Unlike propane lanterns that are bulky and require fuel and mantles to operate, the Lighthouse electric lantern is rugged, easy to pack, and can be recharged via USB and solar. Expect over 500 hours of run time on low and around four hours of run time on full power. The icing on the cake is that the Lighthouse Mini can even charge your phone or other USB devices while simultaneously lighting up your campsite.
DENALI D7 2.0 LED LIGHT KIT
When it comes to adding serious light to your adventure motorcycle or overlanding truck, the folks at Denali know how to get it done in style. The Denali D7 provides about as much light production in a 4.5 inch light as we have found anywhere. The D7 is a spot light, but with a 200-foot wide beam that is sure to light up the sides of the road on your most spirited rides. The D7 is compatible with Denali’s DataDim technology which allows the intensity of your off-road light to dim when you switch to low beams.
KC HiLites Cyclone LED 6-Light Universal Rock Light Kit
Rock lights aren’t just for the hardcore wheeler anymore. Installing a set of high-quality rock lights like the KC Hilites Cyclone LED Rock Lights under your rig will not only help with navigating obstacles at night, but also serve as a valuable camp scene light. The Cyclone LEDs put out over 500 lumens and come in a kit with everything you need to install including a wiring harness, various mounting solutions, and a fuse block. If you really feel like channeling your inner Vin Diesel, the Cyclone LEDs are available in various colors.
Petzl Actik Headlamp
It is hard to imagine trying to navigate a campsite or the trip to the cat-hole in the woods without a good, high-quality headlamp. The Petzl Actik is a lightweight headlamp with wide, regular, and spot modes as well as red light and strobe functions. The Actik runs on three AAA batteries that last approximately 60 hours on full blast and over 400 hours on red light mode. An exciting function for travelers with high expectations for their equipment is the ability to use the Petzl rechargeable battery pack without having to throw out regular batteries.
Rigid Industries SR-Series Pro 30″ Light Bar
The Rigid SR-Series light bar is a single-row light bar developed to fit into narrow places such as roof rack fairings or behind bumpers. The SR comes in a variety of lengths and beam patterns, but the 30” combo pattern light projects 18,810 lumens at a beam distance of 545 meters! You can distinguish the SR-Series PRO from the rest of the Rigid line up by noticing the branding and blacked out circuit boards for a stealthy look compared to most light bars.
ARB Intensity Solis Driving Light Kit
The downside to off-road lights is they are designed to be used off-road only. Translation: if the typical modern-day off-road lamp is pointed into the eyes of a human, the damage could be permanent and potentially deadly. Enter the ARB Intensity Solid Driving Light with a dimmer switch. Instead of having to flip off your lights, simply hit the dimmer and enjoy a lower power beam. When on full power mode the Solis light puts out a whopping 18,000+ lumens which presents a great value proposition compared to other high-end off-road lights. ARB recommends most travelers sport a spot/flood kit as it equips the vehicle with a spot beam on the driver side and a flood beam on the passenger side for an optimum combined pattern.
Eagles Nest Outfitters Twilight Camp Light
Although camp lights are not essential, adding a bit of ambiance around the campsite is often an excellent way to make a good campsite, great! The Twilight Camp Light is a ten-foot long string light designed with the lightweight hammock traveler in mind. Powered by three AAA batteries the Twilight will light up your hammock, swag or tent for up to three days of continuous light. Best of all, the Twilight only weighs four ounces without batteries, that is an extremely light (see what I did there) piece of kit to make camp more comfortable.
Baja Designs S1 LED Pod Lights
The Baja Designs S1 is without a doubt, the most adorable off-road light that we know of, but that doesn’t mean it is any less effective at packing a huge punch in a small package. At just two inches cubed, the S1 is ideal for motorcyclists and rigs that value discrete placement. With 4900 lumens and a wide-cornering light pattern, the Baja Designs S1 is a fantastic fog replacement for when space is limited.
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