Halo headlights are some of the most distinctive headlights you can install on your Jeep Wrangler. Not only do they provide the unique “angel eyes” effect, but some of them can be used as daytime running lights, and many kits including matching fog lights too.
The most recent Wrangler models have round headlights that can be replaced with halo headlights for an easy and eye-catching upgrade.
All you need to do is buy an aftermarket kit and you can install these lights yourself and have them up and running in no time.
With so many headlights to choose from, here’s a brief guide to halo lights for the Jeep Wrangler, so you can find a set with all of the design features you need.
Why choose halo headlights?
Halo headlights are just one of many options you have for your Jeep Wrangler. So why choose halo headlights in the first place? Why not just install auxiliary lights, such as a light bar, or stick with your built-in factory lights?
The first reason is that your Jeep’s headlights are due for an upgrade. The Wrangler’s built-in headlights just aren’t bright enough for offroad driving, so upgrading your lights is one of the first things you should do after you drive home your new Jeep.
But why halo headlights specifically? One advantage is that your halo headlights can be installed in place of your factory headlights, and won’t require any additional wiring.
Most halo headlights feature a high and low beam in the center, surrounded by the ring or halo, which acts as daytime running lights.
If you’re going to be driving offroad and don’t need your lights to be street legal, you can even purchase halo lights with multiple colors and lighting patterns.
Let’s take a look at some other features available in halo headlights:
Most halo headlights are made using LED technology. Although classic halo ring lights used CCFL technology, it’s much less common in headlights today. This means that no matter which LED halo light you choose, you’ll be getting a significant boost over your built-in halogen headlights.
LED headlights are known for their superior light quality, which has a color temperature similar to daylight, and a life expectancy of up to 50,000 hours!
The only downside to LED headlights is that they don’t produce enough heat to melt ice and snow, which can be an issue if you live in a cold climate.
Depending on where you live, you may also want to install fog lights on your Jeep. Fog lights are installed low to the ground and have a diffused beam pattern, helping you see better in low-visibility conditions such as fog and mist.
While your halo headlights themselves won’t serve as fog lights, many kits come with a pair of LED fog lights that you can install too.
Buying them as a set ensures that the fog lights will match the design of the headlights and are compatible with your Jeep. For example, you can install round 4-inch fog lights that pair with the round 7-inch headlights on your Jeep Wrangler.
Another feature that’s available in some halo headlights is multicolor RGB functionality. This means the lights can change color and lighting pattern. You’ll find lights that offer five colors all the way up to 15 million hues!
This is a great option if you want to put on a show at your offroad destination and be able to control your halo headlights from a Bluetooth app.
Driving with flashy colors won’t be street legal, but you can always switch to the white color and standard lighting mode for the drive home.
What to look for in halo headlights
Now that you know some of the features that are available in Jeep halo headlights, what else should you look out for? What sets quality headlights apart from the rest?
Here are just a few technical specs you can use to find the best quality headlights:
First, look for headlights with anti-flicker technology. Most kits come with an anti-flicker harness that you can install, although some have an anti-flicker module built in.
Flickering is common when you install LED lights into a unit that was originally designed for halogen bulbs. The electricity flowing to and from your LEDs isn’t consistent with the design of the circuit board, causing interruptions in the current.
An anti-flicker module or wiring harness will prevent flickering, and keep your dashboard from giving you “bulb out” warnings by mistake.
If you’ll be driving your Jeep on paved roads, then choosing halo headlights that meet the rules of the road is a must. Fortunately, it’s easy to tell if your headlights are street legal by looking for a DOT/SAE marking on the lens.
If your lights only meet SAE standards, then they aren’t street legal. The SAE sets the standards, but only the DOT can approve them for use.
One of the benefits to DOT approved headlights is that you don’t have to cover them up on paved roads, the way you do with LED light bars and other auxiliary lights. However, keep in mind that just because some features of your halo headlights are street legal, it doesn’t mean all of them are. Multicolor settings should only be used off-road.
The last thing to consider when comparing halo lights for your Jeep Wrangler is the IP rating. This helps you determine how durable your halo headlights will be.
IP ratings aren’t just for headlights. They’re also used to rate smartphones and other tech devices in terms of resistance against dust and water.
IP stands for “ingress protection” and is measured on a scale of 0 to 6 (for dust) and 0 to 9 (for water). Most high-quality headlights have an IP-67 rating. Anything lower and they might not be able to handle dusty roads and wet weather conditions.
Halo headlight options
Now that we’ve looked at some of the specs to keep in mind when purchasing Wrangler halo lights, let’s consider a few examples.
These three halo headlights come with “plug and play” kits for easy installation, and are compatible with several different Wrangler models
Lightworx 7” Halo Headlights
These 7-inch halo headlights are DOT approved, and feature a white halo ring that can serve as daytime running lights, as well as an amber color for turn signals.
The high and low beams each have their own projector, giving you more defined light at a color temperature of around 6000k. Each high beam produces 3800 lumens, while the low beams produce 2900 lumens.
You can choose between two different types of plugs: the H4, which fits the Wrangler TJ and CJ, and the H13, which fits the Wrangler JK. You can also purchase an anti-flicker harness, which is required for some Wrangler models, but is optional for the JK.
The lights are made with an aluminum housing and a poly-carbonate lens, and have an IP rating of 68, giving you plenty of protection from water and other elements.
Jeep JL Wrangler / JT Gladiator LED Headlight Kit
This LED headlight kit is designed specifically for the JL Wrangler and JT Gladiator. It comes with either the Lightworx halo headlights or the EVO II.
This is a great option that comes with all of the gear you need for a home installation, including custom mounting brackets and wire adapters.
That means you can plug it right into the JL or JT without having to do any additional wiring. It also comes with an optional anti-flicker harness.
Lightworx JK Wrangler Halo Series Foglight
This halo foglight kit is designed to be installed along with the Lightworx halo headlights, although both sets can be bought and installed separately. You can choose either the 2007-2009 kit or the 2010-2017 kit, depending on the year of your JK Wrangler.
These lights are 4” inches round, and have their own halo ring with two colors, light and amber, so you can use them as both fog lights and turn signals.
They produce a total of 2900 lumens, making them far more powerful than your factory lights, with a peak power draw of 40 watts. They’re DOT approved and have a rating of IP-68 for water and dust resistance.
Find the right halo headlights for your Jeep Wrangler
These halo headlights provide a significant upgrade from the Jeep’s OEM lights, giving your Wrangler a more distinctive look in the process.
Whether you want a set of headlights and fog lights for driving in low-light conditions, or you want RGB headlights with Bluetooth controls, these aftermarket headlight kits offer plenty of options. All you need to do is decide what features you’re looking for in your halo headlights, and what components you need to install them in your vehicle.With custom brackets and wiring options, as well as an anti-flicker harness and multiple plug options, Inspired Engineering has everything you need to install halo headlights on your Jeep. Browse our halo headlight selection to see what’s available for your JK, CJ, or TJ, and give us a call if you need any help making a decision!