The Guide to Buying the Best Hunting Light Bar
Our list of features you need to read prior to buying your next hunting light bar. Whether you're predator hunting, hog hunting, varmint hunting, or even duck hunting, these features all go hand-in-hand for safely lighting up the path ahead without spooking wildlife around you.
The Best Hunting Light Bar
There are many different features to look for when hunting, depending on the type of hunting you are doing. Let's go into detail about what kind of light bar to look for when hunting predators, varmints, hogs, or ducks. There is even a hunting light bar made for deer leases, which aims at safely lighting the way to get to your deer stand early in the morning without spooking any wild game in the area.
Hog Hunting Light Bar
The best hog hunting light bar is one that can light up hogs at short and long distances without spooking them. Here are the 3 key features to a quality hog hunting light bar:
- Adjustable Intensity
- Red in Color (red is hardest color for hogs to see, even more difficult than green. See the science behind it.)
- Capable of flooding wide area while also reaching out at long distances
A light bar for hog hunting must have adjustable intensity to prevent from spooking hogs, depending on what distance they are at. The best quality hunting light bars are capable of reaching out over 1,000 yards, which is great for seeing hogs down range and putting a plan together for sneaking up on them. As you can imagine, a 1,000 yard beam will be very intense at 50 yards, so the adjustable intensity allows the hunter to bring the beam intensity down for lighting up hogs at close range without spooking them.
Regardless of the strength of the beam, having the wrong color can be the quickest way to ruin a hog hunting trip. If a hog gets a clue that you are in the area or that something is off about the environment, it will take off in an instance leaving the hunter empty handed. If the hunter utilizes a light that is the color blind range of hogs, then there is a better chance the hog will not see the color and will not spook. Based on scientific factual evidence, red is the best color light bar for hog hunting.
To learn more about hog hunting lights, read our in-depth guide to Buying the Best Hog Hunting Lights.
Duck Hunting Light Bar
The best duck hunting light bar is one that will stand up to the conditions duck hunters experience when traveling through marshes, lakes, and bays. A quality light bar for duck hunting must not only light up the path ahead, but be capable of penetrating the fog that is commonly associated with traveling marshes first thing in the morning. Here are our key features to finding the best duck hunting light bar:
- Capable of standing up to vibration associated with duck boats
- Warm white in color for penetrating through dense fog
- Adjustable Intensity for maintaining night vision
- Long range spot and wide flood capabilities for illuminating the entire area ahead
One of the leading causes of pre-mature failure in light bars for duck hunting is from the vibration associated with being mounted to an aluminum duck boat. It's important for the light bar to have proper rubber padding, whether at the place it is mounted or where the mounts attach to the bar, to prevent pre-mature failure.
The best color light bar fo duck hunting is warm white, due to it's ability to cut through dense fog. This is the same reason fog lights are typically warm white in color. The best duck hunting light bars will be warm white in color, capable of lighting up a wide area for seeing what's around, while also reaching out to ultra-long distances. The Predator Cannon Hunting Light Bar in Warm White makes for a great duck hunting light bar because it can do all of these things, and even has adjustable intensity for maintaining your night vision when you get a bunch of reflection off nearby trees and obstacles. It is also capable of reaching out over 1,000 yards, which is great for seeing far ahead while traveling to your duck hunting spot.
Some duck hunting boats prefer lights that take up less of a foot print, such as the DURANAV® Duck Boat Light. These come standard with plug and play water tight connectors and were designed with duck boats at top of mind.
Predator Hunting Light Bar
The best predator hunting light bar will light up an entire field, giving the hunter the best chance at locating bobcats or coyotes. There are 3 key features that make a great light bar for predator hunting:
- Red in color (predators such as coyotes, bobcats, etc are color blind to red)
- Adjustable intensity to prevent from spooking animals
- Capable of flooding wide area while also reaching out to long distances.
Red is the only color light that should be used for predator hunting, any other color is far more likely to spook predators such as coyotes and bobcats. This has to do with their dichromate vision and their color blindness to the red wavelength. Although predators are color blind to red, an intense red beam can still let them know something is off. This is why it's important to have an adjustable intensity beam to use for locating predators. Higher intensity is needed for long distances while lower intensity for shorter distances. Some of the best quality predator hunting light bars are capable of reaching out over 1,000 yards. This red beam can be very intense at close distances, so lights such as the Predator Cannon Hunting Light Bar that have adjustable intensity can make or break a predator hunting trip.
To learn more about Predator Hunting Lights, read our in-depth Guide to Buying the Best Predator Hunting Lights.
Hunting Light Bar for Deer Lease
The best hunting light bar for your deer lease is one that can light up the path while getting to your deer stand first thing in the morning without spooking the wild game around you. The last thing you want to do is scare off the prized buck before you even get the opportunity to watch the sun rise and see the monster buck in your scope.
Here are our 3 key features to finding the best hunting light bar for your deer lease:
- Red in color, all dichromate vision mammals (most mammals except humans) are color blind to red.
- Adjustable intensity for lighting up path ahead without spooking animals
- Hunting Light Bar reflectors designed for flooding the path ahead with a lens capable of reaching out to long distances
When looking for a hunting light bar, red is a safe color for all things hunting. The majority of dichromate vision mammals, which include hogs, coyotes, bobcats, varmints, deer, and many other species are color blind to red. Although a red hunting light bar is harder for these animals to detect, an intense beam of this color light can still spook them. Having adjustable intensity is the key to prevent from spooking these animals.
Adjustable intensity is an important feature in all hunting light bars because a light bar that illuminates the path at 1,000 yards will appear very intense at 50 yards, and vice-versa. Adjustable intensity controls allows your hunting light bar to be more versatile. Another important feature is the ability to have reflectors designed to flood an entire field, while also having a lens capable of reaching out to long distances.
If you combine all 3 of these features into one hunting light bar, you get the Predator Cannon Hunting Light Bar. It's the most versatile light bar made for night hunting. It works great when mounted to all terrain vehicles, jeeps, high racks, top-drives, or even trucks.