Bell & Howell Light Bar Review: 60 LED Lights in One Bar

Bell & Howell Light Bar Review: 60 LED Lights in One Bar
3.1 (61.6%) 25 votes

Bell & Howell Light Bar is a portable light bank that includes 60 LED lights. Does it work? Read my Bell & Howell Light Bar review.

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About Bell & Howell Light Bar

Bell & Howell Light Bar is a rechargeable bar of 60 LED lights that weighs one pound and includes a built-in stand. The official website is trylightbar.com, with a registration date of January 2017. The screen capture below was taken of the product website in May 2017.

bell & howell light bar review

Claims & Features

  • 1 charge gives 10 hours of light (the website originally made a different claim, as you can see above)
  • Visible from over 2 nautical miles away
  • Compact & sturdy
  • Usable for indoors or outdoors
  • Will not overheat
  • Does not require batteries


Light Bar costs $19.95 with free shipping. There is an optional double offer in which a bonus light can be added for an additional fee of $10.00 which would bring the total to $29.95. I found Light Bar at a local Walgreens here in Las Vegas in July 2017 for $19.99.

Bell & Howell Light Bar Review

Convenient portable lights have been the darling of As Seen on TV marketers for years. In just recent years, such offerings have included InstaBulb, Click a Color, Light Bulb Bug Zapper, Bulb on a Rope, Underlight, BreezeLite, Motion Brite, Mighty Brite Switch, LyfeLite, ZappLight, Flexi Lites, and Switch Brite – to name a few.

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Now with the Bell & Howell Light Bar, we have a strip of 60 bright LED lights that can supposedly be recharged in an hour and last all day. Based on the use of the Bell & Howell name, and the product’s logo styling, it would appear that this item is loosely tucked under the same brand as TacLight. I should point out that the instructions state that it will take 8-10 hours to charge, not one hour like the website originally stated (that has since been changed). Once charged, it is said to last 5 hours on high and 10 hours on low. I found that it actually lasts longer than that, but it gets dimmer and dimmer to the point that it isn’t as functional. You’ll also need to charge it for 25 hours before the first use.

The good news is that this is a pretty foolproof product. LED technology has become less in expensive in recent years, and it is easy to find rather affordable light products sporting impressive brightness like this.

Light Bar offers a rather unassuming rectangular design with two stands that allow you to prop it up or hang it on a wall. To me, this seems to be something of an evolution of the tactical lanterns that heavily advertised in late 2016, and are still widely available. The idea behind those – and Light Bar – is to provide instant bright light to the immediate area. While the lanterns (TacLight Lantern, Atomic Beam Lantern) offer 360 degrees of light, Light Bar offers it at about a 180 degree angle.

LED lights tend to offer an initial full brightness that slowly dims to a glow over time.

I have little doubt that those who purchase this based on the advertising will be satisfied with the product, as it’s pretty hard to mess up a simple bar of LED lights. The fact that it is rechargeable is a huge plus.

The advertising and website state that there is a sensor that will turn the light on when the power is out, however I see no such sensor, nor do the instructions mention it. I’m guessing that this feature was removed from the prototype, but the website has not yet been adjusted.

On a final note, I suggest not giving the Bell & Howell name too much weight in your decision to purchase an As Seen on TV product. Nowadays the name is often licensed, and the products bearing the name rarely have any association with Bell & Howell other than the logo slapped on the case.

Light Bar began rolling out to stores around July 2017.


It may come as no surprise that you can find a number of LED rechargeable light bars for sale online. This model by OxyLED costs about $15 and holds high consumer ratings.

Video Review

Below you can see my full video review of the Bell+Howell Light Bar.

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Your Bell & Howell Light Bar Reviews

What are your thoughts about Bell & Howell Light Bar? Drop a comment below and a star rating above to let us know what you think about it.

Updated July 2017.

  • Leo Matthew Skudlarek

    Ordered 2 got one What the hell???

    • K9training

      I got 4 of them, They been plugged in for 6 days now and the red charging lite has not went off. WTF?

      • The red light is an issue, but it does fully charge. I just leave it on the charger for the recommended time and then unplug it.

        • Good samaritan

          Thanks for your review I bought two of the light the brightness is enough for what I need them for but my concern is the red light will not go off after two weeks, does it means that is normal.

  • Kimani Chappell

    I bought it [the set] and they are not that bright. They cannot illuminate a outdoor party. Nor can they illuminate a room. The instructions say “When the charging light goes out, your unit is fully charged.” My charging light has yet, after two months and the initial charge, to go out. AND the light starts to dim waaaaaaay too early. So I use them to illuminate vegetarian dishes I put up on my FB page. They help get rid of the shadows I was getting from florescent kitchen light.

  • Louis Marchesani

    I bought four of these. After charging for several days they don’t come on. A complete rip-off! DO NOT BUY!!!

    • Charles McCutchen

      Good morning Luis this is Charles just curious you got those those items can you look on the package and see which country they were made in.

  • David Eric Shur

    I bought the two, and they work great. I don’t need to use them often- should I just leave them plugged in all the time? Or should I leave them unplugged every once in a while?

    • I don’t know what that would do the battery. I would think leaving it unplugged would be better, but there are probably battery experts more versed than I who could shed more light on the topic. I use mine pretty regularly and so far I’m pretty happy with it.

      • David Eric Shur

        Thanks. I liked your review, which prompted me to buy them. Hope I get some other comments.

  • MaineCWP

    Two of mine came with no charger / a/c adapter

  • margaretb57

    I like this LED light bar, however, I find myself frequently recharging this product, as I use it for my plants. It gives good light but I do not believe that it lasts the full ten hours; it slowly dims out then I know it is time for a recharge. I have ordered two additional light bars so that I can charge one after another to maintain my lighting standards. Thank you for your review on You Tube.

  • JC08

    I liked your review, but didn’t notice you checking their claim of auto on during lights out? Did you do check that any other time? Also, wouldn’t it need to be plugged in to know when there’s a black out? Otherwise it would come on every time the lights are turned off.

    • Hi there. I did touch on this by mentioning that I saw no such sensor. I have also used it in a dark room and it does not turn on by itself. I believe that may have been a feature that was removed before it went into full production.

  • Charles McCutchen

    Alright Charles here simple question what is the country that this piece of equipment was manufactured in it was made in China I don’t want it. If anyone has bought anything that’s been made in China they know that it’s not made up to the standards of something that’s durable and long-lasting I think they only manufacture goods for us out of substandard resources

    • Jim Jersey

      Tell that to the millions of iPhone owners!

  • Sg102

    They say insane mode seriously its less than half of the power of my flash light and no you can’t see this 2 natutical miles away your lucky if you can see it half mile away It works fine for small spaces but that’s it

  • Neuro Toxin

    I have had my 2 light bars for a few months now, I don’t use them very often at all so I have never had to charge them yet but they work when I turn them on either way, one thing I was wondering, and only because my mother got 2 of the light bars herself is when they are fully charged does the charging light on the side turn green or turn off or something to state that it is fully charged….BTW, great review and thank you….also was wondering, have you tried turning it on while it is still plugged in charging to see if the light comes on, this is what I am thinking, if it is plugged in and charging then the light won’t come on, but while it is plugged in and turned on then when the power goes out the light automatically turns on, I am thinking that this is what they mean by a sensor that knows when the power goes out…plug it in and turn it on, if the light doesn’t come on while plugged in than that would mean that as long as it is plugged in and turned on when the power goes out…LIGHT BRIGHT!….lol…..just a thought, guess I could test that myself.

  • PatD

    RIP OFF. Not as advertise, they do not hold a charge; dims within hours. Works better when plugged in, but this does not prevent lantern from dimming. Auto on also does not work.