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Nite Ize LED Dog Tag

Updated on December 17, 2013

Since I have two energetic border collies who need plenty of exercise every day, in the winter months we usually have some off leash time outside when it is dark. Although they are far from any roads, where I would need to worry about traffic, my dogs have occasionally chased after a rabbit or a deer. They will come when called, but if I can't see them, I don't know that they've started to chase something. There are coyotes and other predators in the area, so I really don't want them going too far away from me. My dilemma was that I like to be able to give my dogs this off-leash exercise time, but I don't feel comfortable about their safety when I can't see where they are.

To solve this problem, I decided to get lights that can be attached to their collars. I started out with some inexpensive ones I saw at a pet food store, but they weren't very sturdy or waterproof. One fell apart after only a week or two, batteries went dead quickly or they just stopped working. It probably didn't help that I live in a wet climate and my dogs love to splash through puddles.

As the days started getting shorter this year, I decided to do a little research and find some higher quality lights for my dog's collars. After reading numerous reviews, I purchased two Nite Ize LED dog collar tags and couldn't be happier.

The Nite Ize are sturdy and water resistant and have a carabiner clasp that doesn't break or slip off the collar. They are available in several colors so I got one in green and the other in red so I can tell my dogs apart by the color of the light. The lights can be set to either continuous glow or blinking. The batteries can be replaced, but so far after using them for about 6 weeks on a daily basis, they are still going strong.

I also put the lighted tags on the dogs when we go for walks on leash in the dark to help make sure vehicles can see us walking along the side of the road. Although I bought these for myself, these lighted dog tags would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for someone on your list who walks or exercises their dog after dark!

Nite Ize Spotlit LED Dog Collar tag
Nite Ize Spotlit LED Dog Collar tag

This is a photo of my dogs Hank (red light) and Tim (green light) wearing their Nite Ize LED dog collar tags in the dark. The lights are very bright and show up very well for a long distance. I no longer need to worry about not being able to see my dogs when they go out at night and they look very festive for Christmas, too! If you don't have a dog, these handy lights can also be used on a zipper pull to keep a person more visible at night or even as a unique key ring.

There are several other colors and styles of Nite Ize LED lights that can be used for pet collars. I bought extra batteries to make sure I have plenty to last through the winter.

Nite Ize PetLit LED Collar Light, Dog Or Cat Collar Light, Replaceable Batteries, White LED Green Paw Design
Nite Ize PetLit LED Collar Light, Dog Or Cat Collar Light, Replaceable Batteries, White LED Green Paw Design

Nite Ize also has this model with a white light behind a bright green paw print.

SE CR2016 Battery, 25 batteries total
SE CR2016 Battery, 25 batteries total

Replacement batteries for the Nite Ize LED Collar lights.

Nite Ize SpotLit Clip-On LED Light with Carabiner, Weather Resistant
Nite Ize SpotLit Clip-On LED Light with Carabiner, Weather Resistant

There are also lights that change color instead of being one solid color.


These videos show how the Nite Ize LED dog tags are turned off and on and how to change the batteries.

It would help if the camera on this video were a little steadier, but it does show a good close-up of the Nite Ize collar tags and how they work.

This video shows how to replace the batteries in a Nite Ize SpotLit LED light.

Do you (or someone you know) walk, exercise or let the dog out at night?

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      The lighted dog tag sounds like a great idea for me and my black dog, Tidbit!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wow get this for yr dog 2day!

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Do not have a dog I am afraid, but useful post all the same!