If you live in an area where the sun goes down before the end of the work day, or you like to take your dog for late evening walks or just allow it to run free in the night, there is always the risk that it can get run over by a car because it cannot be seen. To reduce that risk, it is important that you make it as visible as possible. A lighted dog collar that can be seen in the dark is a good option, when the light from a car hits it, it will reflect and the driver will know your best friend is on the road. The main reason to have a lighted dog collar and a lighted dog leash is for its safety but other reasons to have one include:
- Makes your pet visible to pedestrians during evening walks
- Helps you trace it easier in the dark
- Great when hiking or camping
- Motorists are able to see your pet sooner
There are two types of lighted dog collars and leashes, there are LED and reflective products.
LED Dog Collars and Leashes
The Yippr LED lighted dog collars and leashes have their own light and do not need to reflect light from a vehicle. They have lights powered by LED technology with battery operated lights and can either stay in a solid mode and also have flashing modes. Some other features include:
- Operated by battery
- Batteries are USB rechargeable
- The lights are bright but not blinding
- 360-degree visibility
- Lights stay cool to the touch
Reflective Dog Collars and Leashes
Reflective dog collars and leashes are made from material that reflect light and usually in colors that are luminous so they can attract attention. They do not need any type of power supply.
Key features include:
- Usually made with neon or bright colors that reflect lights
- Easy to clean, machine washable
LED vs Reflective Collars and Leashes
The main difference between the two is that the LED collars and leashes are much brighter than the reflective ones, this is mainly because they produce their own light while the reflective ones need light to shine on them for you to see them. It is really hard to miss those lights. In some cases, you may find that you do not see the reflective dog collar for example if you are a pedestrian walking along a dark road without any lights. The LED are visible at all times because they produce their own lights.
LED collars and leashes may need to be recharged from time to time while the reflective ones are always ready to go. If for example you are going on a long camping trip, you may find that the LED collar may run out of battery and you have nowhere to charge them while the reflective ones can always reflect light as long as it is there. However, these days there are the ones that can glow so they also do not need charging.
In terms of expense, you would spend more on LED dog collars and leashes since there is more technology used than in the reflective ones but do not be surprised if you also find a more expensive reflective one of superior quality.
Finally, LED dog collars and leashes are more appealing for the safety of your dog since they are more visible even in very dark places like a forest. You however need to be ready to recharge them or else they will become useless once the battery runs out. The reflective leashes come in handy in areas where there may be no way of charging and if you are trying to save money.