The best light-up dog collars

Light-up dog collars are perfect for dark nights, and we've rounded up our favourite light-up dog collars.

Man with dog and light-up collar in darkness

by Jade Moscrop |

Any dog owner will tell you that with having a dog, comes purchasing a bucketload of equipment to keep them happy, healthy and safe - we do it because we love them!

As well as treating your dog to a monthly subscription box to keep them entertained, a cooling mat in the summer to make them comfortable and agility equipment to help them stay healthy, it's important to ensure they have the right walking set up to suit your lifestyle, too.

If you walk your dog when it's dark, like in the mornings before work, or late in the evening, you might want to invest in a light-up dog collar to ensure your dog can be seen.

Light-up collars not only show you where your pooch is, which is great if you tend to let them off the lead, but it also serves as a warning to other dog walkers and members of the public that a dog is with you. This can come in very handy when it comes to cyclists, cars and other dangers out on the roads and paths.

We've checked out some of the best light-up pet collars, and lights for dog collars, online to bring you a selection of affordable options to help you find your perfect match.

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Best light-up collars for dogs

Illumiseen LED Dog Collar

Best overall light-up dog collar
Illumiseen LED Dog Collar
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Keeping your dog safe in the dark is essential and that's where the Illumiseen collar comes in. The LED light is rechargeable and will need topping up after every walk. It's good to know that this collar comes up large.

Sizes:

XX-Small - 22–29cm

X-Small - 23–35cm

Small - 33–45cm

Medium - 41–53cm

Large - 49–61cm

X-Large - 55–70cm

Closure type: Buckle

Battery: USB rechargeable / Five hours of battery life per charge

Water-resistant: Yes

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. Only niggle is that I ordered the medium size which was far too long. I 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
PetSol Ultra Bright USB Rechargeable LED Dog Safety Collar
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This cut-to-size collar claims to be the brightest on the market, and contains F5 SuperBright LED lights. The TPU collar is easy to clean, water-repellent and built to last. There are three different modes to choose from and it's available in five different colours.

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

Water-resistant: Yes

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
Rantow Durable Soft Breathable Mesh Dogs Collar
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Although this one doesn't light up, it will still offer some safety for your dog. The reflective 3M material helps them be seen and the design of the collar means it's comfortable and robust. It comes in eight sizes, so there are plenty of options.

Sizes:

XXS- 28-30cm

XS - 30-35cm

S - 35-40cm

M - 40-45cm

L - 45-50cm

XL - 50-55cm

XXL - 55-60cm

XXXL - 60-65cm

Closure type: Buckle

Battery: Not LED

Water-resistant: Yes

Review: "Bought this for my 10 month old puppy who had managed to somehow destroy 3 collars in the last 2 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
Illumiseen LED Dog Necklace Collar
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Another one of the cut-to-size variety, this collar gives you six hours use for one charge and is available in six colours. Illumiseen also stocks a range of leads, harnesses and more to help your dog be the brightest pooch 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
LEUCHTIEu00ae Plus LED Light Collar For Dogs
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If you'd prefer a battery-operated collar, this one takes AAA alkaline batteries, which should give you 100 hours of use before needing to be changed. It's 100% waterproof, durable and can withstand all sorts of activity. One thing to bear in mind with this collar is that it does slip over the head, so getting the correct size is crucial. It comes in 12 colours and will automatically turn off after a minute if the battery pack is facing the wrong way.

Sizes: 35cm, 37.5cm, 40cm, 42.5cm, 45cm, 47.5cm, 50cm, 52.5cm, 55cm, 57.5cm, 60cm, 65cm, 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% waterproof

Review: "In my opinion this is an essential safety night light for my dog. The batteries have terrific life and I reckon close to the 100 hours claimed. I put it on the dog soon as it starts to get dark at night just in case of an accidental escape. (I had one of my dogs tragically killed this way previously). I have 3 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
LED Dog Night Lights for Dog Collars
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If you want something to add on to your dog's already existing collar, maybe an LED light is for you. Perfect for attaching to a collar, harness or lead, it gives you that layer of safety without the faff of switching collars each time you go out.

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
Faburo 6 PCS Clip on Dog Collar LED Lights
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These multi-use tags are great for all sorts of things - keys, bag, bike and, of course, your dog's collar. A simple way to ensure you can see them, they come with a CR2032 battery which can run for up to 40 hours. Press once for a steady glow, twice for fast flashing, third for slow flash, and fourth to turn off the light.

Diameter: 3.2cm

Height: 5.1cm

Width: 1.9cm

Tried and tested: "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."

PetIsay Light up Dog Collar

Best value light-up dog collar
PetIsay Light up Dog Collar
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Looking like a glow stick and cut-to-size, this budget light-up dog collar is still a clever option for nighttime walks. Featuring an eight-hour battery life, it can be recharged thanks to a Micro USB port. It's also available in four colours.

Sizes: One size fits most

Battery: USB rechargeable / Eight hours of battery life from one charge

Water-resistant: Yes

Review: "I purchased the blue version of this. It came quickly and I used some kitchen scissors to cut it to size as I have a smallish dog. It was really easy. I wanted to see my dog now that the nights are drawing in. It is quite bright and I can see my dog when he zooms over the playing field to see one of his doggie friends in the increasingly dark evenings. I have not had to recharge it yet and I have had it for around 2 weeks now. There are 3 settings - a fast flash, slow flash and constant. I keep it on constant as the flashing might not be nice for the dog. I am very pleased with this product and would recommend it."

Benefits of using a light-up dog collar

Most dogs are already used to wearing a collar, so they won't be fussy when you put a different one on, or an extra collar. Many are lightweight and easy to take on and off, so won't add any extra time on to your pre-walkies.

As well as keeping your dog safe from potential danger, they can also help to light the way for you while walking, as well as help you to see where your dog has done its business.

What other products are out there?

If you've looked at these collars and still haven't decided, there are also some other products available that might be more suited to you.

Light-up dog harness

Ultra Pink Dog Small Harness

Ultra Pink Dog Small Harness
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This light-up LED dog harness charges with a micro USB cable, giving you eight hours use (flashing) for a two-hour charge. It's suitable for light rain and wet grass, but shouldn't be submerged in water. It's best for small dogs.

LED dog jacket

Illumiseen LED Dog Vest

Recommended
Illumiseen LED Dog Vest
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Just like a hi-vis jacket for a human, this soft jacket would suit dogs who are used to wearing similar jackets. It has reflective strips, plus two rows of bright LED lights to make your dog visible. The LEDs are powered by a rechargeable battery pack and take 30 minutes to an hour to charge. Available in sizes XS to XL.

Light-up dog ball

Chuckit Max Glow Ball

Recommended
Chuckit Max Glow Ball
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While we're on the topic of light-up equipment, it's worth mentioning that glow in the dark balls exist, which is perfect for burning some excess energy on your walk. You'll never lose a ball again! It's made from durable rubber and is easy to clean.

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Jade Moscrop is the Deputy Commercial Content Editor for WhatsTheBest, specialising in lifestyle topics. She also writes for Closer, Heat, and Mother&Baby.

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