7 LED Light Bar Setups For The Tacoma

3rd Gen Tacoma with Sherpa Roof Rack and C4 Fabrications Front Bumper

7 Tacoma Owners Review Their Off-Road Lighting Setups

Welcome back to another community poll. This is a column interview Q&A with independent owner-submitted feedback from the overland community – centered around one topic. Each owner has thoroughly tested their products through off-roading or overlanding and gives us their honest opinion review of their set-up.

Off-roading can be a thrilling adventure, but it can also be dangerous when driving in dark or poorly lit areas. That’s where light bars come in handy!

Light bars come in the form of light pods daisy-chained together or as a row of LEDs. They are commonly mounted on the roof, bumper, or grille.

Light bars offer enhanced visibility and illumination beyond what your headlights can provide, making seeing obstacles and hazards on the trail easier. They also provide an aesthetic upgrade to your truck.

Let’s look at a few options available for the Tacoma!

Note: The builds listed below are in no particular order

1. John Ure: Alibaba

1st Gen Tacoma With Alibaba Light Pods, CBI Front Bumper, Custom Retrofit Headlights

Light Bar

  • 5″ Alibaba Pods | White/Clear
  • Lasfit 22″ LED Bar

Tell Us About Your Setup 

I first picked these lights because I loved the look of the pod lights, and they were very affordable. They even have the amber DRL function like the high-end lights. The light output is decent for the price but won’t throw as far as most other lights. I have them mounted to my Prinsu roof rack and have the two on the ends angled outward for more light spread. I also have a 22″ Lasfit LED bar on my bumper.

For the price, they do well and look great!

2. Josh Oats: Diode Dynamics

3rd Gen Tacoma with Diode Dynamics SS3 Pod Light Bar Mounted on Sherpa Roof Rack With C4 Fabrication Wide Body Hybrid Front Bumper

Light Bar

  • Diode Dynamic SS3 Pros (x14) | Yellow/White

Tell Us About Your Setup

I wanted to have a different setup than most and to have full control of the lighting on the roof rack. Blaze Off-road wired the lights allowing me to run the outer six ambers alone, the center 8 white lights alone, or all 14 together.

The lights are individually mounted to the Sherpa crossbar using drop-in nuts and hex bolts.

3. Jeremy Cadua: Baja Designs

Lifted Cement 3rd Gen Tacoma with Baja Designs S8 20" Light Bar

Light Bar

  • Baja Designs S8 20″ | White

Tell Us About Your Setup 

I needed more light for night runs, especially since on my first trail run, I got stuck in the dark with no auxiliary lights. I was ready with my Baja Designs light setup on the next trip, though.

My 20″ S8 is mounted inside my Southern Style Offroad bumper. It fits my needs and lights up the trail for anything I’ve encountered.

4. Nathan Pease: Cali Raised & Baja

3rd Gen Tacoma with 30 Inch LED Light Bar Amber Driving Combo Pattern S8 Series from Baja Designs & Cali Raised LED Dual Function Light Bar

Light Bar

  • Cali Raised LED 43″ Dual Function | Amber/White
  • Baja Designs S8 30″ | Driving/Combo Pattern | Amber

Tell Us About Your Setup

My 43″ Cali Raised LED light bar is mounted to my Prinsu roof rack, while my 30″ Baja Designs light bar is mounted to my C4 Fabrication hybrid front bumper.

I chose the Cali Raised LED light bar for my roof rack because it’s affordable yet provides fantastic light output. The 30″ Baja Designs light bar gives the bumper a totally different but awesome look as well. The light output is great and comes with a backlight feature.

I love both light bars because of their looks, light output, and how perfectly they fit the truck. Plus, it’s pretty cool how they both match my truck’s theme.

5. Stephen Moore: X-Terrain

3rd Gen Tacoma with X-Terrain Light Bar in White

Light Bar

  • X-Terrain LED 20″ | White

Tell Us About Your Setup 

I picked this light because of its hidden and protected design inside the bull bar on my ADI Off-Road Front Bull Bar Bumper. I like this light for a few reasons; it’s compact, bright, protected by my bumper bull bar, and serves a great purpose in lighting the trail.

Another pro of having my light bar on my bumper is that it provides adequate lighting while winching.

6. Bryan N: KC HiLites

Lifted Army Green 3rd Gen With KC HiLites Pro6 Gravity LED Light Bar & Viper Cut

Light Bar

  • KC HiLites Pro6 Gravity | Amber

Tell Us About Your Setup 

I went with the KC HiLites Pro 6 light bar because there’s nothing quite like it on the market. The output is insane, and it gives my truck that Baja trophy truck look I was looking for.

The bar is mounted to the top is a Prinsu roof rack.

7. Konrad Chojnowski: Lightforce

Light Bar

  • Lightforce Nightfall Series
    • 30″ Mounted In Bumper
    • 40″ Mounted On Roof Rack

Tell Us About Your Setup

The shot above is before I made some major changes, but the light setup is still the same. As you can see, I’m absolutely loaded with an absurd amount of lights, lol.

Lightforce is a solid brand. They have quality lighting products and I have been super happy with them on all counts. I added yellow Lamin-X to the bars, it’s actually surprising how well it works. The light color is a amber/yellow shade and the film has held up great. Anyone looking for quality and a more budget friendly price should consider Lightforce.

Final Thoughts

1st Gen Tacoma with TEQ Customs Headlights & Prinsu Roof Rack

That wraps up another Taco Tuesday!

We hope that we were able to shed some light (pun intended) on the light bar options currently available for the Toyota Tacoma. Not only do they enhance the aesthetic appeal of your truck, but they also provide much-needed illumination for those nighttime adventures. Light bars are an easy way to add a ton of lumens to your build with a single wire.

Next week, we’ll be featuring MOLLE panels on your Tacoma! If you have any MOLLE panels on your truck, make sure to submit them and be featured!

Happy trails!

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