Lighted dog collars can make your pet more visible and safer at night. But which are the brightest collars? And are there any you should avoid? In this article, Richard Cross reviews five of the best LED and lighted dog collars to help keep your pet safe.
My top recommendation for a lighted dog collar is the Pet Industries Collar. It's a bright and durable product that's great for night-time walks. There are also three flashing modes (quick, fast and continuous) and it has a water-resistant design. It won't light up the path ahead, but for extra visibility it's difficult to beat.
Night-time walking is often a necessity - especially in winter - but it can be dangerous. The most obvious hazard is road traffic, as a driver might see you but not your dog. This is especially likely for dogs with dark coats.
Keeping your dog visible isn't just about road safety though. A dog that's difficult to see can be unnerving for pedestrians. I've seen several dogs startle people by silently bounding up to them on a longer leash - in one case leading to a heated argument. It can also be hard to see where your dog has pooped so you can pick it up.
For these reasons, many pet collars, leashes and retractable leashes come with reflective material. When a headlight shines on them, the light is reflected back to make your dog more visible. These are great for walking near well-lit roads - but they don't help you (or other people) see your dog in the dark.
That's why light-up dog collars with LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have become more common. These use battery-power to either flash or glow, making your dog much more visible at night. In this article, I've reviewed five of the best LED dog collars to help you get a great product for your pet.
Please Note: LED dog collars can be great for increasing the visibility of your pet - but I recommend using them in combination with something that's reflective (such as a harness or leash). Bright headlights can often overpower LEDs, which means they aren't as visible for people in cars.
Choosing an LED or lighted collar is the same as any dog collar - at least in most respects. It needs to be comfortable for your dog, durable, strong and easy to take on and off. With that said, there are some extra considerations:
Note: If your dog pulls, or if you're going to be jogging with your dog, it's important to buy a harness for the leash attachment. Your dog can still wear a collar for the ID tag and lights, but continuous pulling can damage a dog's neck unless a proper harness is used.
Now you know what to look for in a lighted or LED dog collar, here are five of the best options. Each has been highly-rated by dog owners and provides great value for money. As always, make sure you read the mini-reviews to get the best option for your pet.
Please note: I've included both "true" LED collars and those that light-up like flashlights. I wanted to include both types, as the right option depends on where you walk your dog.
My top recommendation for an LED collar is the Pet Industries USB collar. It's a highly-rated model that can last up to seven hours on a single charge. It's also bright and available in a range of colors, so it's great for making your dog more visible at night.
What makes this collar stand-out from the wide range of other LED options though?
Firstly, it's designed to be long-lasting and durable. It has a heavy-duty metal D-Ring and buckle, so you can use it for walks without worrying about it breaking, and the collar is made from nylon for extra strength. It's also suitable for use in all weather conditions, due to the insulated wiring. This extra durability comes at the cost of weight though - as it's not the lightest LED collar.
There are three lighting options: static, rapid and slow. The rapid mode is likely to give many people a migraine - but there's no argument that it gets attention. You'll probably stick to either the static or slow modes most of the time though (rapid flashing collars drive me mad!)
The collar is charged via USB and takes around one hour to recharge. This is quick - although you'll need a USB adaptor for your mains socket if you don't want to charge it at a computer (these come with most smartphones so you probably already have one).
One of the best things about the Pet Industries is that it provides excellent brightness. In fact, it's so bright it can be difficult to look at directly if your eyes are adjusted to the night. This brightness, combined with the durable design and range of colors, made it an easy top pick. The USB charger also means it's one of the best rechargeable LED dog collars.
Quick Summary: The Pet Industries LED dog collar is an excellent option for making your dog more visible at night. It's a durable collar made with a metal buckle and nylon material - plus it's very bright when switched on.
LED collars are great for making your dog more visible, but they don't light-up the path ahead of you and your dog. If, for this reason, you want a dog collar with flashlight, then the Puplight2 is an excellent choice.
Unlike typical lighted collars, the PupLight2 has a single light that hangs from the front of the collar. This can illuminate up to 30-feet ahead of your dog, making it easy to see where you're going. The light is also designed to provide visibility through 360 degrees - it doesn't just light directly ahead of you. As someone who often walks along woodland paths at dusk (or even night), bright illumination makes walking much easier and less stressful.
As you can see from the photo, the PupLight2 hangs from the front of the dog's collar. This keeps it away from your dog's skin and coat. While this is important for all dogs, it's particularly useful for those with long hair.
There's also the option of changing the angle of the light. The intense brightness means I'd be worried about blinding drivers if the light was horizontal, so this is an essential feature.
As a bonus, the PupLight2 also comes with a reflective dog collar. This is great for extra visibility when walking on roads, as bright headlights can often overpower the lights on a collar.
One thing to note about the PupLight2 is that it's only available in a single size. The strap can be adjusted to fit dogs with necks from 6"-26" though, so it should be suitable for most breeds. It also has a 200 hour battery life from AAA batteries - although it's not rechargeable (unless you buy rechargeable AAA batteries).
The PupLight2 isn't perfect though. While it can illuminate up to 30-feet ahead, this is only if you have it at the right angle and your dog keeps his head up. There's also no option to adjust brightness, which would have been a useful feature.
Quick Summary: The PupLight2 is a great choice if you need to light your path when walking at night. It also provides extra visibility - especially with the reflective collar. There's no option to flash or pulse the light, but it's still one of the best lighted dog collars.
If you don't want to buy the Pet Industries, then the BSeen is an excellent alternative. It's a water-resistant LED dog collar that's available in a range of colors, charges via USB and has several modes - plus it's sold for a very reasonable price.
The collar contains 11 separate lights. Like the Pet Industries, these can be set to continuous, blink or quick blink depending on your preference. It's charged via USB, so you don't need to buy new batteries, although you'll either need a computer or a smartphone charger.
There's only one size available - 27" - but the collar can be cut to any length. Just make sure you cut between one of the lights. You can also double wrap the collar for smaller breeds.
Other features include a water resistant design, a number of colors (including pink and orange) and a 60-day guarantee. It's also one of the brightest LED dog collars, so it'll greatly increase the visibility of your dog at night.
Quick Summary: The B.Seen is a simple collar, but its brightness means your dog is much more visible at night-time. There's only one size, but you can cut the collar to whatever size best fits your dog.
If you've already got a great dog collar (perhaps one of those snazzy leather collars), you might not want to purchase a new one - even with an LED light. That's where "The Beacon" comes in. It's a bright LED pendant light that can be attached to almost any collar, dog harness or raincoat - and it also has several light modes.
The Beacon is a lightweight device containing several LEDs. It's a simple product with a button for setting the light mode (continuous, fast flash or slow flash) and a charging port. There are also three LED color options, while the pendant design emits light in all directions.
The product comes with a durable Quick Clip for attaching to almost any dog gear, including harnesses and collars. Ruffwear also mentions that it can be attached to people for extra visibility.
A downside of the original Beacon was that it wasn't rechargeable. This has been fixed in later models, as it can now be recharged via USB. A charging cord is included, but you'll need a computer or smartphone plug.
If you want your dog to be more visible but don't want a lighted collar, The Beacon could be a great alternative. The pendant design is great for improving visibility - although it won't light the path ahead like the PupLight2.
Quick Summary: The Ruffwear Beacon is a lightweight pendant light that attaches to your dog's collar or harness. It has a bright light, so it's great for visibility, and there are several flashing modes.
If you regularly walk your dog early in the morning or late at night, visibility can be a problem. An LED light collar - or any collar that lights up - can be a great solution.
My top pick for an LED collar is the excellent Pet Industries collar. It provides great illumination and a durable design - although it's heavier than other LED collars. If you need a collar that lights up the way ahead, then the PupLight2 can do the job.
Do you have any questions about choosing the best LED dog collar for your pet? Let me know in the comments section!