The Best Hog Feeder Lights of 2018 (Reviews)
So you’re after a good feeder light to make hunting for hogs at night that much easier? A feeder light will make getting a clear and ethical shot off with your scope much easier when a hog (or other animals) comes near your feeder, without spooking them and scaring them off. Typically hogs cannot see the colors green and red when they are shone near them, however, we believe that that the color green is the best option when it comes to setting up feeder lights for hog hunting.
So whether you hunt hogs with a rifle or a bow, there’s a wide variety of feeder lights on the market, and whether you’re on a budget or willing to invest in something heavy-duty, there’s one out there for you. So get your skinner knife ready, as we go through our top 5 picks for the best hog feeder lights of 2018.
Top 5 Rated Models Comparison Table
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Reviews of the Best Hog Feeder Lights of 2018
#1. Kill Light Extreme Bright
The Kill Light Extreme Bright is the brightest Kill Light in the lineup and claims to be 4x brighter than the original Kill Light (seen below). It can illuminate a range of 30-40 feet in diameter, using a PIR motion detector with 360-degree detection. They also incorporated Anti-Spook technology, which gradually increases the light from low to high brightness when the motion sensor is activated. This ensures animals aren’t scared off by a bright, sudden flash of light.
The Extreme Bright comes with two modes: Motion and Timer. In Motion Mode, simple switch adjustment settings allow you to set the light to stay on for durations of 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 or 15 minutes after an animal trips the light. Timer Mode turns the light on at dusk using the photocell. It can be set to run for 1, 2, 4, 6 or 10 hours of light after the sun goes down. It can also just run manually with the switch.
Cons? It’s pricey; the most expensive on our list. And despite its quality build, it’s still not exactly waterproof.
But if you’re willing to invest in it, the Kill Light Extreme Bright is a large, super bright feeder light with a variety of timer modes and “Anti-Spook,” which is a very innovative feature. Our Pick For the Best Hog Feeder Light of 2018.
- Very Bright. Good Range
- Motion and Timer mode has lots of options and settings to choose from
- Anti-Spook Technology slowly ramps up light intensity
- Not waterproof
Verdict: Best Overall
#2. Moultrie Feeder Light
The Moultrie Feeder Light is an excellent choice for a budget feeder light. It features a ring of 35 high-powered lights, which have adjustable brightness, and can illuminate up to 35 feet away. They can be activated with either motion, photocell or manual activation, and have a 4-way switch with on, off, dusk and motion modes.
Like the Kill light, the Moultrie can run off of 4 C batteries, and there’s also an external power port for when the batteries run out. It can be attached to most Moultrie feeders, as well as most other brands.
The biggest complaint people have with the Moultrie is that it just isn’t durable. Leaving it out for a long time can lead to corrosion and it being damaged by rainwater. Which, like with the Kill Light, is disappointing, seeing as how it’s meant to be left out through all kinds of conditions. Best to attach it directly underneath the feeder.
Otherwise, it’s a very bright light for a very affordable price, and it has a very versatile assortment of on-off switches and activations to choose from.
- Very bright
- Tons of activation/switches
- Runs off batteries or external power
- Attaches to almost all feeders
- Not durable
- Not waterproof
#3. Kill Light Motion Activated Feeder Light
With a name like the Kill Light, this hog light better do the trick. The 24 green LED’s provide plenty of light, easily illumination close to 30-40 feet around the feeder. At the same time, however, they do not scare away hogs or other animals. It’s motion-activated, saving energy and making it less likely to scare off animals, and runs off of C batteries and can be powered for up to several days with the built-in photocell. It can also be powered by an attached auxiliary cable when the batteries have died, or the photocell has run out.
One cool thing about the Kill Light is the abundance of attachment options you have; you can attach the Kill Light underneath the feeder, using built-in magnets. It can also be connected with built-in, retractable rings and clips, which are helpful if you’d like to attach it to a varmint cage. There are even self-tapping screws for permanent attachment.
Two things we don’t like: First, it is not waterproof, which is unfortunate for a light built to be outdoors. The body is just not quality and secure all-around. If you’d like something more robust, the Moultrie might be a better option. The Moultrie is also brighter.
Overall, the Kill Light is an excellent light for hog hunting; it would be a lot nicer if it were more durable and hefty. And it’s quite reasonably priced; in the mid-range of feeder lights.
- Green LED doesn’t scare animals
- Variety of attachment options
- Wide illumination range
- Runs off batteries, cable or photocell
- Not very durable, not waterproof
- Not as bright as other lights
#4. Wildgame Innovations Moonshine
The Wildgame Moonshine is the least-expensive light on our list. It has 16 green LED’s, and a PIR-activated motion sensor. It can run off solar power, with built-in solar panel charging the internal Ii-on battery to run all the night. An on-off switch lets you turn it off when you aren’t using it for long periods, however.
The best thing about the Moonshine, other than the low price, might just be the weather-resistant design. Most other lights, including all the others on our list, are not weatherproof, which is quite important for a light designed to be outdoors. So that’s a welcome change.
The downside, however, is that the sensor is not very sensitive, and the light is not very bright. It doesn’t put out as much range as the other lights you can choose from for just a bit more. And the hog has to be quite close to the sensor to really activate it.
Overall, it’s not a bad light for the money, but it’s worth spending a bit more for something brighter and with a better motion sensor. If you need weather-resistance and low-cost, however, it will work just fine.
- Solar power; Li-ion battery built-in
- On-off switch
- Not very bright
- Motion sensor has a limited range
#5. Blind Side Feeder Light
The Blind Side Feeder light is built in the same shape and configuration as a trail camera, designed to be compact and sturdy while attaching to just about tree, post or camera mount. Versatility is the name of the game with this one. The single green light is very bright and can illuminate up to 30 yards, and it can be run off motion-activation or manual with the flip of a switch. It will flip off automatically after 20 seconds of no motion – enough to get a good shot but still conserve energy and not kill the battery. If you’d like the light to stay on continuously, just flip the switch back.
The Blind Side runs off the standard 4 C batteries, which should last an entire season. To attach it to a feeder or post, you can either use the metal cam buckle mountain strap on the back, which works on just about any post, or the threaded mounting inserts for mounting on standard trail camera mounts. Super easy and versatile.
One complaint many hunters have is that the auto light does not stay on nearly as long as it should; though it says 20 seconds, it often shuts off way too quickly once the hog steps out of the motion sensor’s sight. Some have wished for a longer delay. It also does not have an option for external power.
Otherwise, if you’d like feeder light that is in the mid-range in terms of price, but is versatile and can attach to just about any feeder or pole, or even tree, the Blind Side Feeder Light is a quality choice.
- Versatile. Attaches to trees, posts, feeders
- Auto-on, or continuous mode
- Illuminates up to 30 yards
- Light doesn’t stay on as long as supposed to
- No external power
Things to Look for In Feeder Lights for Hunting Hogs
Here are the main factors to consider when looking to buy a good set of lighting for hunting those wild hogs from your feeder.
Range and Brightness
How far does the feeder light shine? How much will it illuminate? You need to be able to see enough to get a clear shot off at any animals, but don’t want a light so bright it scares away them away or illuminates you instead. Most lights will have a range of at least 30 feet in diameter, with some going 50-60 feet, and a few even out to 100 – though that is quite a lot.
Power Source / Batteries
Most feeder lights will run off batteries, usually C batteries. But some will need internal batteries that charge via a solar panel, while others will also have external power ports so you can hook it up to a power source via a cable. Most will last weeks on a single charge, and even months on a fresh set of batteries.
Motion Detectors / Triggers
Most hog feeder lights are motion-activated; they will turn on whenever an animal steps into its path, and then shut off after 20 or 30 seconds. Many will also have manual modes and switches, letting you flick it on when you want, and timers, so you can set how long you want it on for.
Weatherproofness and Durability
Because of the nature of hog feeders, i.e. being out in the open and sometimes subject to poor weather conditions, your potential set of hog hunting lights for your feeder may also be subject to this. This is why it's vital that any potential set you are thinking of buying, is waterproof and can handle being left out in the rain for long periods of time. You'll also want something that's designed to last you a good number of hog hunting trips and not wear away after one trip in harsh weather conditions.
Consider Your Scent When Setting Them Up
When you connect a new model to your feeder, there's a strong possibility that the hogs will pick up your scent on it, potentially scaring them away. You can simply apply some basic scent control techniques that you would typically use for deer and other game hunting.
Give your new lighting a quick spray down with a scent masker, and always be sure that you're clothing is not giving away any scents that the boars could pick up and potentially scare them away for the feeder.
In the end, we recommend the Kill Light Extreme Bright as our Top Pick for the Best Hog Feeder Light of 2018. It’s got 35 extremely bright LED lights, a range of 45-50 feet in diameter, and a variety of modes and controls – Timer Mode, Motion Mode, and Anti-Spook Technology, which gradually ramps up the brightness when triggered to avoid scaring the animals. It’s expensive, but a worthy investment if you take your hog hunting seriously.
Whichever light you choose, you’ll be all set to get some clear shots with excellent visibility, without scaring any hogs away at night.