Community Poll: 5 Rock Light Setups

Lifted 3rd Gen Tacoma Show Truck w/ Rock Lights On Highway

Increased Visibility For Night Wheeling & Aesthetics

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.

Rock lights are a commonly overlooked modification when upgrading truck lighting. However, they can make a significant difference in both functionality and aesthetics. These small lights are typically positioned in the upper part of the wheel well or the undercarriage, illuminating the area around the wheels for enhanced visibility on trails and an impressive off-trail appearance.

Although there are alternative uses for rock lights such as underneath the hood or on the roof rack for better camp visibility, their primary intended use is for lighting up the ground around your vehicle.

Let’s now take a look at a few rock light setups for the 3rd Gen Tacoma!

1. John Ure: Lasfit Switchback

1st Gen Tacoma Overland Build With Lasfit Off-Road Switchback LED Rock Lights Kit White & Amber

Rock Lights 

  • Lasfit Off-Road Switchback LED Rock Lights Kit | White & Amber

Tell Us About Your Setup

I added rock lights to my rig because I wanted to have a little extra scene lighting at night when setting up camp and a little more trail visibility at night. They aren’t the hardest to install but running the long wires and trying to keep it clean is a difficult task. I’d give it a 5/10 in difficulty.

I went with the Lasfit offroad rock lights because they are a switchback amber/white. So far, my favorite has been the amber because it provides just enough light without being too hard on the eyes. If you are wanting to have more visibility around your tires at night or just want the extra lighting around camp, I think they are a great mod.

2. Paul H: KC HiLites Cyclone V2

Prerunner 3rd Gen Tacoma with Amber KC HiLiTES Cyclone V2 Flood LED Light

Rock Lights 

  • KC HiLites Cyclone V2 Flood LED Light | Amber Lenses

Tell Us About Your Setup

If you’re from Texas, it’s essential to the culture to run rock lights. Anything from bulletproof builds to pre-runners won’t be found without these down south. Rock lights aren’t just cosmetic, but rather more for trail fixes and night-time visibility for those big-time rock crawlers.

I went with one Cyclone in each corner of my build; these little guys pack a punch! They are all wired with Deutsch pigtail connectors to my Auxbeam switch panel. In all honesty, these are a must-have if you’re planning on showing out nonetheless showing up! Go grab yourself a set of KC Cyclones for your rig, you won’t regret it!

3. Kyle Duran: OPP ULITE

Lifted 3rd Gen Tacoma with OPP ULITE LED Rock Lights

Rock Lights 

  • OPP ULITE Led Rock Lights

Tell Us About Your Setup

I wanted to run rock lights on my rig simply because they look good! On a serious note, I wanted them for more light, whether it is on the trails, needing to work on the truck at night, or even just extra light around camp.

The installation was pretty easy, it’s more of a time-consuming process wiring everything together and making sure to eliminate shadows as best as you can.

I went with the OPP ULITE rock lights because they had surprisingly good reviews for being cheaper lights. Initially, I only wanted to use them until I could figure out nicer ones to go with. However, they have been great and I’ve had no reason or desire to change them. Rock lights help make your truck stand out and provide great lighting on the trails at night.

4. Cole Gilliland: KC HiLites Cyclone V2

Lifted Cavalry Blue 3rd Gen Tacoma With KC HiLiTES Cyclone V2 Flood LED Light

Rock Lights 

  • KC HiLites Cyclone V2 Flood LED Light

Tell Us About Your Setup

As an avid off-road enthusiast, I decided to upgrade my rig with the KC HiLites Cyclone rock lights. I must say, I am thoroughly impressed. These little beasts have transformed my off-roading experience.

The installation process was a breeze; I had them up and running in minutes. Once lit up, the vibrant RGB colors and dynamic strobe patterns instantly turned my vehicle into a head-turning spectacle on the trails.

5. Tuan: Baja Designs

Lifted 3rd Gen Tacoma With Baja Designs Rock Light Kit Universal

Rock Lights 

  • Baja Designs Rock Light Kit Universal

Tell Us About Your Setup

We decided to go with the Baja Designs rock lights because the build quality and light output are awesome. Baja Designs is the top dog when it comes to lighting and it is backed up by science. Fun fact, many of the Baja racers use them as their preferred lighting as well.

We also love the way the lights look on the truck. It makes seeing everything while off-roading so much easier. And they are a great way to see everything at camp.

Final Thoughts

1st Gen Tacoma with Lasfit Off-Road Switchback LED Rock Lights Kit White & Amber

What do you think, are rock lights awesome or overkill? I think they add a uniqueness to the truck. There don’t seem to be many trucks out there with rock lights but when they’re on the road, they always turn heads. And of course, they are meant to make night runs safer.

In next week’s exciting Taco Tuesday, we’ll be highlighting portable fridges. If you have an awesome portable fridge setup in your Tacoma, don’t miss the chance to be featured! Simply use the link provided at the top to submit your setup. We’ll see you next week!

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