Ford F-150/F-250: Aftermarket Light Reviews

Are you thinking about adding aftermarket lights to your F-150 or Super Duty truck? Here's a run down on the most popular light bars, spot lights, and off-road lights. Discover which brands are best and the costs involved.

By Brett Foote - December 8, 2014
Contributors: VolForLife, il duce, meatco1

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250 Super Duty (2005-2014).

Aftermarket lighting is a popular modification for F-150 or Super Duty enthusiasts and for good reason. This kind of add-on lighting not only sheds some light on potentially dangerous obstacles when operating in low light, but they also look great and add a menacing appearance to a truck. While cost is always a factor in making a decision on what light to run, so is durability, brightness, and expected lifespan. For the serious off-road enthusiast, the following options make for huge upgrades over stock lighting.

Off-Road Lighting

RigidKCAnzo
Price $150-$700 $100-$300 $100-$400
Bulb Type LED Halogen LED
Lens Clear glass Clear glass Clear plastic
Mounting Type Bracket Two axis mount Bracket
Warranty 1 year 23 years Lifetime

Best Quality: Rigid

Best Value: KC

Rigid

Price - $150-$700

Bulb Type - LED

Lens - Clear glass

Mounting Type - Bracket

Warranty - 1 year

Rigid makes what are arguably the highest quality off-road light available. You will be hard pressed to find a lot of negative opinions on Rigid lighting, because the quality is indeed superb. You must pay for that quality, of course, to the tune of around $150-$700 or more. All Rigid products receive a high quality powder coat finish that protects for a long time. They also have scratch resistant lenses, which separates them from some of the competitors. Recommended if you are looking for a top quality brand.

KC

Price - $100-$300

Bulb Type - Halogen bulb

Lens - Clear glass

Mounting Type - Two axis mount

Warranty - 23 years

KC makes a great product for the money, slotted below a comparable Rigid light. For between $100-$300 you can pick up a set of quality lights that will last. They are well respected in the F-Series community. Their two axis mount makes it very easy to aim and change the light's direction. Made in the US, they are made to last. Recommended if you are looking for good quality without spending a lot of money.

Anzo

Price - $100-$400

Bulb Type - LED

Lens - Clear plastic

Mounting Type - Bracket

Warranty - Lifetime

Anzo lights look the part, but they are widely considered to be of inferior quality and have a lower output and lifespan than comparable lights. The benefit is the cost, which ranges from $100-$400. If you are simply going for the look and don't actually go off-road a lot, these are a good option. Recommended if you are going for looks over quality.

Spotlights

KCHellaRugged Ridge
Price $100-$300 $70-$300 $150-$300
Bulb Type Halogen Halogen LED
Lens Glass lens Coated reflector Clear glass
Mounting Type Two axis points Upright bracket Stem
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime

Best Quality: Rugged Ridge

Best Value: Hella

KC

Price - $100-$300

Bulb Type - Halogen

Lens - Glass lens

Mounting Type - Two axis points

Warranty - Lifetime

KC makes a great spotlight at a reasonable price. They come with a great warranty and are built to last, making them a respected and popular option. Mounted by two axis points, they are rather easy to aim in any direction you want. Recommended if you are looking for spotlights with a great warranty.

Hella

Price - $70-$300

Bulb Type - Halogen

Lens - Coated reflector

Mounting Type - Upright bracket

Warranty - Lifetime

Like KC, Hella makes a good product at a reasonable price. These lights are bright and well respected around the F-150 community, and will only make your wallet $70-$300 lighter. Hella are made very durable and also very light. Recommended if you are looking for a good product at a great price.

Rugged Ridge

Price - $150-$300

Bulb Type - LED

Lens - Clear glass

Mounting Type - Stem

Warranty - Lifetime

Rugged Ridge spotlights will only set you back around $150, but come with some mixed opinions. However, they are a good looking option that is pretty bright. They are also available in corrosion resistant black finish. These lights are designed for the hardest conditions, which means their durability is reliable. Recommended for mid-level budget shoppers looking for custom look lights.

Light Bars

VisionRigidKC
Price $130-$700 $200-$2,000 $200-$800
Bulb Type LED LED LED
Lens Clear Clear Clear
Mounting Type Bracket Bracket Bracket
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime

Best Quality: KC

Best Value: Vision

Vision

Price - $130-$700

Bulb Type - LED

Lens - Clear

Mounting Type - Bracket

Warranty - Lifetime

Vision light bars are known for their brightness and good looks. They are also reasonably priced options, starting at $130 and up. If you are on a budget, these are a great option that will last for quite a while. They offer a flood beam pattern that provides a wide amount of light. Vision makes all of the military and police lights, which shows their durability and reputation. Recommended if you are looking for bright lights at a good cost.

Rigid

Price - $200-$2,000

Bulb Type - LED

Lens - Clear

Mounting Type - Bracket

Warranty - Lifetime

Rigid light bars, much like their off-road lighting counterparts, are well known for their quality, brightness, and long life span. They also look great. Prices can vary, ranging from $200 on up. They are known to spread the light over 200 feet to the left and the right of the center of the beam. Recommended if you are looking for durable lights.

KC

Price - $200-$800

Bulb Type - LED

Lens - Clear

Mounting Type - Bracket

Warranty - Lifetime

A respected name in reliable lighting, KC makes a quality light bar as part of their lineup. For between $200 and $800, you can have a great looking and long lasting light bar for your Ford F-Series. These are the most durable of all the light bars. They also offer a great lifetime warranty, which is a big role in their success. Recommended if you are looking for a durable and reputable light bar.

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