Even though dogs can see better in the dark than humans, we still need to be able to see our dogs - even if they make the best guides. So, we have picked out some of the best light up dog collars on the market to help you find the right one for your four-legged friend.
Getting the right dog accessories for walking in the dark is essential. Any dog owner will know that having a dog means extra equipment and fittings to keep them happy, safe and healthy. Additionally, a light-up dog collar is one of those things that will keep them out of trouble, that you didn't know you needed!
If you enjoy walking at night or early in the morning, it is a good idea to invest in a light-up collar so you and your canine companion can walk freely without the risk of them not being seen by cars or cyclists. There are many different light-up dog collars and harnesses out there - from battery-powered collars to glow-in-the-dark ones.
The best light-up collars for dogs:
Illumiseen LED Dog Collar
Best overall light-up dog collar
If you are worried about walking your dog in the dark, then a light-up collar will put you at ease. This LED light-up collar is rechargeable and gives 5 hours of illumination per one-hour charge. This collar comes in a variety of different sizes so that it will fit all dog breeds.
Sizes: XXS - XL (22cm - 70cm)
Closure type: Buckle
Battery: USB rechargeable / Five hours of battery life per charge
Review: "I wouldn't be without this collar! As I start work at 7am it means I have to walk the dog at 5.45am in the pitch dark. As the dog runs free without a lead it is so easy to keep an eye on her when wearing this collar. It is very bright and even though my dog is very hairy (she is a collie) the light is strong enough to shine through her hair. The only niggle is that I ordered the medium size which was far too long. It would have been better to order the small - however, there was none left in stock when I went to exchange it, so I just kept this one and tightened the collar as much as I could. I have been using the collar daily for a few weeks now and haven't had to recharge it yet. Totally recommend!"
PetSol Ultra Bright USB Rechargeable LED Dog Safety Collar
Best cut-to-size light-up dog collar
This one-size-fits-all cut-to-size collar comes in five colours and claims to be the brightest collar on the market. It is designed with F5 SuperBright LED lights and is weather-proof, durable, and easy to clean. In addition, the TPU collar has three different modes to choose from, fast flash, steady flash and constant, so you can rest easy knowing your dog is visible.
Sizes: One size fits most
Closure type: Easy to undo, but best to slip over your dog's head for longevity of the product
Battery: USB rechargeable / Around three hours of battery life per charge
Review: "I spent ages deliberating over which collar to buy and I'm glad I chose this one. It is a nice bright light and was so easy to trim to size (I did it, so it slips over my dog's head). He has longish fur so sometimes it gets a little hidden, but this is not the fault of the collar. I would recommend this product."
Rantow Durable Soft Breathable Mesh Dogs Collar
Best reflective light-up dog collar
This collar is made of reflective material, so if you are walking your dog on a leash, it will still provide some safety for your pet. Designed with mesh padding, this dog collar is handy as you do not need to charge it, but it will still allow your dog to be visible in the dark. This product comes in eight sizes, so there is bound to be a collar to fit your pet.
Sizes: XXS-XXXL (28-65cm)
Closure type: Buckle
Battery: Not LED
Review: "Bought this for my ten-month-old puppy who had managed to somehow destroy three collars in the last two months. It's been about a month now and it's great. I'm actually considering buying one for my other dog. It's quite a sturdy collar - with a bit of padding in there. The colour (yellow) now looks a little bit green, but it's survived many a mud bath. The reflective stitching shows up, but if you're doing night walking, I'd suggest still getting a light-up collar."
Illumiseen LED Dog Necklace Collar
Best battery life light-up dog collar
Another one size fits all, a cut-to-size collar that is USB chargeable and will last for around six hours at a time. The Illumiseen collar comes in six colours, and the brand also stocks a range of leads, harnesses to make sure your dog is the brightest on the block.
Sizes: One size fits most
Battery: USB rechargeable / Six hours of battery life from one charge
Water-resistant: Not advised for use in water
Review: "OMG. This is a revelation. Hot Rod the Rottweiler (named after Rod the mod) looks fantastic and being black not so easily seen at night, however, you can see him now for miles, well a bit of an exaggeration but, I cannot express my sheer delight seeing Hot Rod promenading down the Avenue wearing this collar around his neck. And, they are certainly right about the quality, it's incredible. I would recommend this to any pet owner."
LEUCHTIEu00ae Plus LED Light Collar For Dogs
Best battery operated light-up dog collar
If you are looking for a battery-powered light-up collar, then this LED collar from LEUCHTIE has 100 hours of battery life. It takes AAA alkaline batteries and is entirely waterproof, durable, and long-lasting. One thing to note is that the collar may slip over your petu2019s head so measure your petsu2019 neck to ensure you pick the correct size. The collar comes in 12 colours and motion sensored.
Sizes: Ranges between 35cm-70cm. Please refer to the size guide to see how to measure your dog's head/neck.
Battery: AAA batteries / 100 hours battery life
Water-resistant: 100 per cent waterproof
Review: "In my opinion, this is an essential safety night light for my dog. The batteries have a terrific life and I reckon close to the 100 hours claimed. I put it on the dog as soon as it starts to get dark at night just in case of an accidental escape - as I had one of my dogs tragically killed this way previously). I have three Leuchties now and rate them highly. No on/off switch, just turn it upside down and the lights go out. They are terrifically bright and mean the dog is clearly visible for a long distance when out walking at night. I highly recommend."
LED Dog Night Lights for Dog Collars
Most convenient light-up dog collar add-on
This handy light-up add-on is perfect if you want to add something bright to your dogu2019s existing collar. The LED night light can be attached to your petu2019s harness, collar or lead and comes in different colours and three modes of use.
Size: Fits collars up to approx. 2.5 cm wide
Switch to activate and alternate between flashing modes
Review: "I have bought many a collar light for my dog and always am disappointed. But this one is different and one I purchased twice so she would have two lights on her collar instead of just one. What I love is how easy it is to turn on and off, which makes a difference in the cold wearing thick gloves. I love the bright pink colour and it easily attaches to her collar without any jingling noise like others make. I highly recommend."
Faburo 6 PCS Clip on Dog Collar LED Lights
Best multi-use light up dog collar add-on
An alternative to light-up collars is an add-on is LED light collar clip. These multi-use tags can be used on your keys, bags, bike as well as on your dog. They come equipped with a CR2032 battery which can run for up to 40 hours. To activate the tag, press once for a steady glow, twice for fast flashing, three times for a slow flash and four times to turn it off. These tags are a simple way to ensure you can see your pet when going for walks in the dark.
Size: Diameter: 3.2cm Height: 5.1cm Width: 1.9cm
Tried and tested, 2020: "My dog doesn't tend to wear a collar, so I often forget to put a light-up collar on him when we go out in the evening. These lights are great because I can attach one to his harness and it's always ready to go. The pack of six means they'll last for ages, plus they come with extra batteries too. They're pretty bright but not blinding - what's important to me is that others dog owners and cyclists can see us coming on the paths. The hook closure is a little tricky, but once it's on, you know it's not coming off. Press once for on, twice for flashing and three times for a gentler flash."
Best light-up dog harnesses and jackets
Illumiseen LED Dog Vest
This works just like a human hi-vis jacket; the reflective dog harness will allow your pet to be seen by other walkers, joggers, or cars. This soft jacket would be suitable for any dogs who are used to wearing similar jackets. The harness has reflective strips and two rows of bright LED lights. With this jacket, there is no need for disposable batteries; the LEDs are powered by a rechargeable battery slotted in a pouch and can be charged through a micro-USB port and takes only 30 mins to 1 hour.
Light-up dog ball
Chuckit Max Glow Ball
This product is not a harness or collar, but as we are on the topic of lighting equipment, it's worth noting that glow in the dark balls are a great way to burn off some excess energy on your dog walk. As it is luminous, you and your dog will be able to find it with no problems in the dark. The ball is made from durable rubber and is easy to clean.
Benefits of using a light-up dog collar
As your dog is likely to be wearing a collar already, they won't make a fuss if they are given a different one. So, light-up dog collars or luminous add-ons are easy to take on and off. Plus, they will keep your dog from running into dangerous situations without being seen.
Should dog owners wear clothing that is visible in the dark?
Dog owners are just as responsible for taking extra measures to keep their safety in the dark and should wear something bright or high-vis. Therefore, clothing with reflective elements and reflective protective vests or bracelets or glow-in-the-dark accessories is highly recommended.