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LED Whip Lights: Installation, Lifespan And FAQ

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LED Whip Lights

Installing Whip Lights

Installation On An ATV

  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Time Involved: 10-15 minutes

Installation On A RZR

  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Time Involved: 30+ minutes

Tools Needed for RZR Install

  • T-30 Torx wrench
  • Push pin removal tool
  • 10mm socket
  • 19mm socket
  • Allen wrench (provided with kit)
  • Zip ties (provided with kit)
  • Side cutter (wire cutter)

LED Whip Lights Durability And Construction

What does an IP67 rating mean?

A rating of IP67 means that your LED whip light is sealed up tight and protected from dust and water.  

An IP67 rating means an item can be submerged in water up to 1 meter in depth for up to a half hour and survive in working condition.

Solids Protection: Level 6

This is the highest level  for solids protection. At this level, your LED whip light is 100% protected from dust.

Liquids Protection: Level 7

This is the 2nd highest level for liquids protection. At this level, your whips are safe from water damage if submerged in water up to 1 meter in depth for up to a half hour.

This is a top notch rating that ensures your whip will have a long life even in adverse conditions.

As long as you don’t drive your ATV off a cliff into a lake, it’s all good.

Why aren’t whips rated IP68, the highest rating possible?

The biggest reason is that it’s not cost effective. In order to achieve an IP68 designation, the price would be through the roof.

No one wants to pay $500 for a 3’ whip.

IP67 is the best waterproof designation for all but the most extreme conditions such as deep sea diving.

Buyers want the best product possible at the best price possible.


Examples Of Whip Lights For Sale Online


How Long Will My LED Whips Last?

How long do LED whip lights last?

50,000 hours

Used 4 hours every single day, 365 days a year, a whip will last 34 years!!

Used 8 hours a day, they will last 17 years.

Used 12 hours a day, a 50,000 hour bulb will last more than 11 years.


Tricked Out ATV

Whip Light FAQ

How hard are whip lights to install?

Difficulty Level: 2 (out of 5)

I’d put the difficulty level as about the same as changing out your tires. It’s not HARD hard, it just takes some energy and a can do attitude. 🙂

It may seem a bit intimidating, but it doesn’t require any mechanical or electrical skills.


How long does it take to install LED whip lights?

Well, people in YouTube videos are getting it done in less than 7 minutes for an ATV and 12-15 minutes for a RZR/SxS.

Realistically, you’re probably not going to be able to get it done that fast.

An ATV installation is a lot easier than a SxS installation, there’s no panels or seats to remove and a whole lot less wire to run.

An ATV installation will probably take the average person about 15 minutes. Just a bit longer than the video experts.

With a SxS installation, plan on it taking 30 minutes. And maybe even a bit longer if you’re having a hard time figuring out where to run your wire. If you use a plug and play harness, this will definitely speed up the installation.


Do I need any special equipment or tools for installation?

The tools you need will depend on the type of vehicle you have.

For an ATV, the only tools you need are zip ties plus wire cutters and electrical tape if you have too much wire and want to trim it down.

For RZRs, SxS and other vehicles you may need more tools, it depends on your vehicle. These vehicles may require you to remove panels and seats in order to run the wire through the vehicle.

The tools you need are basic tools though, nothing specialized. For the UTV installation in the video, they used:

  • T-30 Torx wrench
  • Push pin removal tool
  • 10mm socket
  • 19mm socket
  • Allen wrench (provided)
  • Zip ties (provided)
  • Side cutter (wire cutter)

What is a plug and play harness or pigtail? Can I use it to install my LED whips?

A plug and play harness is a pre-wired harness that makes it easier to install a whip.

It allows you to wire from the rear of the vehicle using already existing wiring. With a harness or pigtail you don’t have to cut into existing rear wiring or run wire from the battery all the way to the back of the vehicle.

Most newer RZR and SxS are now designed with this feature to make it easy to install lights.

Typically for the RZR, you install the plug and play harness into the existing wiring at the tail lights, but your vehicle may have a different set up.

Every make and model of SxS will require a vehicle specific plug and play harness.

Example of RZR Plug And Play Harness

UTV INC Polaris RZR Plug & Play Tail Light

Example of Yamaha YXZ Plug And Play Harness

UTV INC Yamaha YXZ 12 Volt Rear Tail Light Plug And Play


Will these work on my vehicle?

Whips can be used on any type of off roading vehicle.

They will work with UTVs, ATVs, RZRs, Dune Buggies, Sand Rails and full sized vehicles like trucks and Jeeps.


What holds the whip onto the vehicle?

The LED whip light is held onto the vehicle by a whip mount. Some mounts also include a spring to allow for movement to dampen stress on the LED light as well as the mount and vehicle.

Spring Mount

On ATVs installing the whip mount is usually as simple as twisting on a washer and a nut.

  • Most touring and trail ATVs come with a whip flag mount area on the rear rack.
  • Sport ATVs will require an ATV grab bar which may or may not come standard on your ride.
LED whip lights
Sport ATV grab bar

On RZRs and side by sides, whip mounts are secured to the roll bars with clamps and a bracket. The clamps and bracket are easy to install and can be mounted vertically or horizontally.


Do I need a vertical or horizontal mount for my RZR or SxS?

When you order whip lights for your RZR/SxS, you will be asked whether you need a vertical or horizontal mount.

There are no real pros and cons to either installation setup.

Ultimately, it depends on your roll bar set up and what’s the most practical place for the lights.

Example Of A Vertical Mount

Kemimoto Heavy Duty Adjustable UTV Flag Mount 2 Pack

Example Of A Horizonal Mount

Nilight 2 Pack Mounting Bracket Kit 


Can I easily take these whip lights off and on?

Once the initial installation is complete, adding and removing your whips is as simple as pulling a pin and lifting the light out of its mount.


Do these whips need a switch or can I just use a remote or a phone app?

Your best bet for running these lights is a hard wired switch or a wireless remote. We recommend using both together.

Whip Light phone apps suck.

It is what it is.

I’m not saying don’t use a phone app, but go in with your eyes open and manage your expectations.

Phones apps are great in theory, but the reality doesn’t always deliver. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done on this front.

One of the most popular apps for LED lights is BLE Dim which is rated 3 (out of 5) with 500+ reviews. And this is just one example, there are tons more.

I’m sure that with time these apps will become better performing, but for now it’s hit or miss.


Do LED whips have Bluetooth? What is Bluetooth?

Most of the newer LED whips on the market come with Bluetooth.

Some less expensive lights may not come with Bluetooth, so if this is an important feature, make sure before you place your order.

Bluetooth technology allows for short range communication between mobile devices. It’s what allows whip lights to be able to sync up with music.


Can I sync these up with music?

In order to get your LED whip lights to sync up with music, you will need a Bluetooth wireless controller.

These are typically sold as an add on for an additional fee.

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