Lighted Dog Collar Buying Tips

This Buying Guide will help you find the right collar based on your dog’s size and how you will use the collar (i.e: outdoors, in water, etc)


A lighted collar is a critical product for your dog’s safety. A lighted collar gives you the added safety of 360 degree visibility unlike a blinker or a collar light which typically hangs under your dog’s neck.  Most lighted collars flash to increase visibility.


We are the experts in lighted collars and have been selling them for over 5 years and have talked with thousands of customers about their experiences and what works for their dogs and how they utilize the collars.    A lighted collar can be temperamental because you have electrical components exposed to weather, dogs running through water, pulling and turning, and everyday wear.  Most collars cost $20 (a dinner out) and last from 2 months to 2 years depending upon the dog and the collar.  We think this is a fair price for keeping your dog safe, if it stops a car or confuses a coyote one time, it’s worth every penny.

Tips to Buying a Lighted Collar

Here’s a lighted collar buying guide that is designed to help you find the right collar based on your dog’s size and how you will use the collar.

If you have a small dog, there are two options- there is now a small and extra small collar, made from Dog-E-Lites !    The challenge of a lighted collar is that the battery pack is inherently large, so it dictates the width of the collar.  Visiglo has the thinnest collar (3/8″).  Another option is to buy a reflective collar and add petlights (thinnest types of lights) to the collar.

We WERE so excited to be one of the first retailers in the US, to carry the Company of Animals VIVID lighted dog collars.  These collars HAD everything! — rechargeable battery packs, reflective stripes, two different modes, excellent quality nylon and a very secure buckle. Unfortunately, this great collar had some execution issues.  The chargers were an issue.  We are honoring refunds on this collar for 60 days.  The manufacturer(COA) is a top quality company and they have stood behind this product but it’s doubtful it will be released again next year.  About 80% of customers love this collar and it works great. Thanks to COA for trying to make a better collar.

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Medium or large dogs can wear any kind of collar.  If your dog has long hair or folds of skin around the neck, you are best with an LED Collar.

The LED safety collar uses two AAA batteries and is the brightest collar.  It fastens with velcro and the batteries last over 100 hours.  It’s SUPER BRIGHT and only flashes, so if you are sensitive, we recommend the glow collar.

The glow collar is very well designed.  IT holds up the best of any lighted dog collar. It has tubing inside which have a steady and blink mode.  This is great for sensitive eyes but it makes this the perfect collar for a dog to wear at night so you don’t trip over the dog.  The batteries last 35- 40 hours of continuous use and  takes (2)CR2032V  batteries.  This is a very durable collar but you have to cut the inside tubing to fit your dog before wearing it.  This is a one-time process.  Here’s the instructions.

glow-collar-sizing instructions



The reflective collar by Niteize has a velcro attachment and attaches to a collar or harness.

It has a glow or flash function and is also reflective.

The Puplight is a bright LED light that attaches below the head on the collar (or has its own elastic strap).  It is super bright and is worn by the Secret Service Dogs. It helps you and your dog see ahead in addition to protecting your dog.  It is a bit large and recommended for medium to large dogs.

We recommend adding a lighted leash to the collar when walking to form a visible line from you to the dog to protect you both. We have two leash sizes (4 1/2 feet and six feet) The Four and a half leash is a great design by Visiglo with both a steady and blinking modes.   The 6 foot leash is also bright and has red and blue blinking lights. The six foot leash comes in a small and large size.  The smaller size leash is thinner in width.

Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions about what would work best for your dog. 626 716 1250 TOP DOG









About Top Dog

Keep Doggie Safe is a group of dog lovers whose mission is to keep dogs safe. We specialize in lighted & reflective dog products, dog couplers and all items that help keep dogs safe. We have a panel of dog testers who test all of the products we carry in various conditions all over the US. Our Friendly US team can advise you on what product is best for you and your dog based on the breed and how you will use it. We pledge to do our best to write the best articles we can to help educate you about dogs and how to keep them safe. We welcome all intelligent comments and discussion and will post them so we can all keep learning together.
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4 Responses to Lighted Dog Collar Buying Tips

  1. topdog says:

    We would recommend both if you walk at night. The leash actually protects you too by forming a visible line higher in the air that drivers can see.
    If you bring your dog to the dog park at night or have them off leash- then a collar will be fine. Our guardian dog lights are also fantastic to add to a collar.

  2. topdog says:

    We would recommend the Nitebeam lighted collar for a yorkie. It’s the most lightweight lighted collar for small dogs. You could also try the small pet light that is waterproof and emits a beacon.

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