Light up the Black Knight

By Will Gentile, for

The world of off road lighting ranges from the mild and modest, to the wild and costly, with lights ranging from regular run of the mill halogen spot lights, to HID, to the emerging technology of LED off road lighting.  One of the newest players in the game of LED off road lights is Black Knight Lighting.  Based out of San Diego, California and Ensenada, Mexico, Black Knight offers a range of LED lighting solutions, ranging in size from 4” all the way up to 52” in single stack and double stack configuration.  Light output measures out from 800 to 38,000 lumens, generated via 3 watt and 10 watt LED bars.  One of the many benefits of LED light is the extremely low power draw, allowing you to run much more light on much less power, a large benefit over halogen technology.

Tested and proven in the sands of Baja, Black Knight’s LED bars have stood up to the elements of some of the harshest racing conditions on planet earth, with their offerings continuing to grow daily.

We recently installed a pair of 6” amber LED bars on the front of our project Cherokee, as well as a 42” white bar.  The purpose of the build was to have a vehicle that excelled in all areas of off road use in a variety of conditions, whether it be rock crawling during the day, or bombing through the desert in the dead of night, and Black Knight’s LEDs as well as HID upgrade offerings got the nod for the project.  The lights have been used and abused between blowing sands in the middle of the Johnson Valley night, to monsoon like conditions in the hills of Pennsylvania, and blistering snowstorm conditions in Connecticut.


Driving through a soup like fog in the middle of the night on the way through the trail, visibility was at an all time low, easily the worst I had ever driven in, a product of mid-summer humidity in New England.  It was pitch black, lit only by the very faint glow of the moon overhead.  Any sort of normal light created a wall of bright fog in front of the XJ.  Upon flipping the switch for the amber LEDs, and killing the headlights, visibility instantly improved, the amber light slicing through the humid air to the ground below.  The lights guided us back to camp that night in what would otherwise have been an adventure driven by braille.  Credit where it’s due, Black Knight makes a killer product at a very fair price.  For more information on Black Knight Lighting, be sure to check them out online at, or their new website coming soon,

About the Author

Jeff Knoll is the former Event Director for the King of the Hammers event. He has raced various classes in SCORE, BITD, MORE, and MDR. Following the California 200, Knoll travelled to Washington, DC to meet with BLM officials regarding the Special Recreation Permit policies of the BLM. Knoll serves on the BLM’s Desert Advisory Sub-Committee regarding Special Recreation Permits. Knoll also drafted language for Nevada’s Senate Bill 156 in 2011 regarding action sports safety.

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