Lightforce Nightfall LED Bar Review

3rd Gen Tacoma With AlphaRex Headlights & Lightforce Nightfall 30" & 40" LED Bars

Lightforce Nightfall Series 30″ & 40″ LED Bars Long Term Review

There are a lot of options on the market for LED bars – there’s no question there. But most of us are looking to strike a good balance between function, quality and price. I think Lightforce products fit the bill perfectly, especially the Nightfall LED bars.

In a previous post, I covered the flagship Lightforce lights. The HTX2s – the large circular lights you can see in the image above (they have a combination of LEDs and HIDs). These lights are pretty impressive. Check out the HTX2 install and review here.

In this post, I’ll cover my experience with the Nightfall bars. Let’s jump right in.

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Features & Specifications

Lightforce Nightfall LED Bar Collection Review & Overview

To start, no these lights are not blue, these are just protective covers so the lenses don’t get scratched. They do now have a handful of Nightfall sizes available in an orange amber. I decided to add yellow Lamin-X; more on that later. Let’s cover all the relevant specs and features first.

To start, every light bar comes with everything you need, down to the stainless steel brackets and hardware, as well as a total harness with relay and switch.

40" Lightforce Nightfall LED Bar On AL Offroad HD Roof Rack for 2nd & 3rd Gen Tacoma

Let’s run through all the relevant details.

  • aluminum extrusion body
  • black anodized finish
  • durable polycarbonate lens
  • cree LEDs
  • heavy duty wiring
  • Gore waterproof membrane
  • can be submersed to almost 10 feet
  • voltage protected
  • quality circuitry
  • stainless brackets/hardware
  • complete wiring harness
  • waterproof connectors
  • RoHS certified
  • IP68 + IP69K
  • lifetime satisfaction guarantee

Lifted 3rd Gen Tacoma With Lightforce LED Lights

Since I’m only running the 30″ and 40″, I’ll only include the relevant outputs below.

Nightfall 30″

  • 1 lux at 656 yards
  • raw lumens – 10,688
  • effective lumens – 5342
  • color temp – 5000k
  • current draw – 9.7 amps

Nightfall 40″

  • specs are not provided/accessible
  • potentially found data that states 1 lux at 689 yards
  • lumen numbers are potentially ~30% more due to size increases (compared to 30″)
  • color temp – 5000k
  • current draw is just over 11 amps

In case you’re curious, I’ve got my 30″ in my RRW hybrid front bumper (no longer available) and my 40″ in my AL Offroad HD roof rack.

Adding Yellow Lamin-X Film

Lightforce 40" Nightfall LED Bar With Custom Yellow Lamin-X Covers

While I do like white light, I prefer a yellow amber color. This is both for improved visibility (orange/yellow amber is best) and for overall looks – a bit of function and form. To achieve this, I decided to take some custom cuts of Lamin-X to spruce things up.

Adding Amber Yellow Lamin-x Film To Single Row LED Bar

We got a few different sizes (cut to perfect measured internal dimensions) and applied them to both light bars. I also did this with my Lightforce ROK lights. The application is pretty straightforward, you just need to peel the backing off of the adhesive and carefully press it evenly across the lens.

I did not take the light bars apart to do this. We got a 1″ x 30″ and 1″ x 40″ set of strips and applied them directly to the lenses. I used a plastic trim removal tool to get into all the edges.

While I had previously heard good things about Lamin-X products, I was definitely skeptical about how they would hold up in this kind of custom application. I can happily report that even months and months of exposure to daily driving, trail riding, and countless power washes, there isn’t a single corner that has peeled. Pretty impressive! Lamin-X certainly has done their due diligence in creating an adhesive backing that works really well.

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Output Comparison Shots

Let’s quickly run through how these lights perform, from a few different angles. Headlight output provided for reference. I’m parked roughly 3 car lengths from the garage in the first three shots.

AlphaRex Headlights Output Only

AlphaRex Headlights Output For Tacoma

Better than the stock headlights by a mile, but still relatively dim compared to the light bars.

Nightfall 30″ Output Only

Lightforce 30" Nightfall LED Bar Output

The 30″ provides more than enough light for the average user.

Nightfall 40″ Output Only

Lightforce 40" Nightfall LED Bar Output

The 40″ has a bit of glare on the hood (could use a hood stamp/wrap), but packs quite a punch.

AlphaRex Headlights Output Only

AlphaRex Headlights Output For Tacoma

There was some snow on the ground when I took these shots in an open field. This first photo is for reference again.

Nightfall 30″ Output Only

Lightforce 30" Nightfall LED Bar Output

As mentioned, the 30″ bar is in my front bumper. I could have it pointed a bit farther away in the distance, but my HTX2s take care of the super far visibility, so I like to point this bar a bit forward of the headlights.

Nightfall 40″ Output Only

Lightforce 40" Nightfall LED Bar Output

Once again, quite a bit of glare, and this bar is pointed just ahead of the 30″ one. The trees seen center and to the left are roughly 100 yards away. The trees directly in the middle, farther back, are about 200 yards away.


Lightforce Nightfall LED Bars - Long Term Review & Overview

I’ve run a few different light companies, and I’m familiar with the general offerings out there. I even ran Lightforce lights years ago on my 3rd Gen 4Runner. I can confidently say that their light bars, and even their product lines in general, are a really good value.

I’ve taken the truck through several states, and very climate and condition you could think of. The lights have always performed well, and in direct comparison with other lighting setups, I saw that the Lightforce Nightfall lights really provide a lot of bang for their buck.

These lights have plenty of usable light, and with the yellow Lamin-X sheets, I’m even happier. In the darkest and worst conditions, both on and off-road, my overall experience with this setup has been super satisfied. At roughly $600 and $800 (30″ and 40″), the prices are very reasonable.

Lightforce LED Light Review - Tacoma On Imogene Pass

Sure, there are cheaper LED bars out there. And there are also way more expensive ones, sometimes double the price. But the real question is, what are you looking to get out of your lighting setup? Lightforce has been around for a while, and as for all my experiences, they’ve been nothing but good.

These lights are well manufactured, built with quality parts that perform. Any cheaper will most often mean you are skimping somewhere and it will not be worth the short term savings. Any more expensive, and you might ask yourself if the cost is worth it. I’m not saying that no one should buy something more expensive, but I’m trying to speak to the general end user.

These lights perform really well, and wired with my Trigger Controller 6-Shooter, I get all the function I could ever need. These lights haven’t done so much as flicker once, and the coating (often a point where other companies struggle) has held up really well over the long term. The output is more than sufficient, and I’ve been stoked to run these lights.

Final Thoughts

3rd Gen Tacoma with Lightforce Nightfall LED Light Bars, Lightforce HTX2s & Lightforce ROK LED Pods

I’m usually pretty thorough with these posts, so I won’t bore anyone by repeating too much here.

A reputable brand, quality internals, a great warranty, and performance to boot – you can’t go wrong with Lightforce lights. Let me know if I missed anything!

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