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Review - Alpena "Hexfire" LED aux lights_now with GIF

I suppose this could be considered a continuation of the The OHM-Ride "Anti-Incandescent" project since I was never satisfied with the aux lights I installed on the front. They were cheap 55watt halogen lights that got upgraded with LED inserts, but other than giving me some additional (much needed) side-spill I never felt like the project was worth it so I was keeping my eyes open for alternatives.

A buddy of mine found a set of Alepna "Hexfire" at Walmart for $20 each and put them on his Jeep. They looked impressively engineered but I was pretty doubtful at that price point. I was wrong! They are some surprising lights and outstanding at the value point.

Details on the Hexfire Light

Installed on OHM-RIDE


Each light has a single post mounting point and I finally decided to fabricate a metal plate to support them as they would be mounted on the somewhat flexible plastic bumper. Once I got the "c" shaped creation in place everything bolted on relatively easily though I nearly lost a wrench down in front of the radiator about four times.

Each light has 6 Cree LED listed as a total of 1,200 Lumens (so 2,400 Lumens total with both lights). You can't really tell by looking at the unit but four of the emitters are biased toward flood and two toward throw so when it's running you get a very wide spill with a modest hot spot that throws a good way down the road.

I consulted with the state inspection guy at my local garage before install, he said that these are absolutely NOT lights you'd leave on full time, too bright and broad, but if they are wired to only be on with the high beams they were okay so mine are wired via relay to the "high beam/brights" function in the car and turn off with low beams. I also have a kill switch inside in case I just want them off.

The lights are listed as 18 watts each, my testing showed them actually at 17 watts per light so it would seem the LED emitters are a touch under-driven which should contribute to a long LONG life when combined with the large aluminum heat-sink body. Total Amp draw metered out at 1.6 amps per light so these lights sure aren't going to strain the electrical system.

Color is a beautiful white.

The only downside I've found is that on the highway some of the newer road signs glared back really badly. No issue really, I just cut the hexfires off and ran with the regular headlights. I'm not so concerned with side spill on a highway anyway.

The results are everything I had hoped for. a nice rectangular box of light that spreads out side to side giving me a lot more side-spill off of the shoulders. This is super important in a rural area with lots of deer, you need to see out into the fields a bit for safety. It has also seriously improved my comfort when trying to turn from main roads onto unlit side roads going home.

Basically I feel like these lights, combined with the LED upgraded main headlights, represent the configuration that GM should have done in the first place.

and now some GIF animations for you. All shots taken w/camera on tripod and all settings locked to manual for consistency.

Hexfire Test 001
Low Beam (shuttered), High beam only, High beam w/Hexfires on.

The phone pole is about 80 yards away, the bushes past that are about 100-120 yards away on an uphill.

Hexfire Test 002
Low Beam (shuttered), High beam only, High beam w/Hexfires on.
 

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I installed amber 3000 lumen off-road fog lights (Rigid Industries) for fog and deer on our rural roads. Installed same place even look identical but cost a mint. Really can see the animals now and can see corners. Never had another car blink me. Use them on our local roads only.
 

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Great info as I just recently moved to a rural area last year myself and new Volt owner I was looking to have one I installed. I drive home after 12am after work and on many occasions spotting deers from a distance has become very important. Plus having a dash cam for insurance just in case helps. Not sure if installing one of those anti deer sounds help.
 

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I installed amber 3000 lumen off-road fog lights (Rigid Industries) for fog and deer on our rural roads. Installed same place even look identical but cost a mint. Really can see the animals now and can see corners. Never had another car blink me. Use them on our local roads only.
I suspect those Rigid lights are higher quality, and certainly more powerful but I think the hexfire will be "good enough. The only concern I have about the hexfire is if they have good weather seals. Time will tell.
 

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Cool stuff Dutch - question - could you provide pics with the lights on and off? I've been considering adding fog lights - I don't really need the distance but I would like a much wider beam on the ground - a true fog light. You all may think I'm nuts, but I'd love to find a set of Yellow LED fog lights - I think that would look good especially once I get my LED headlights in place. Waiting till Christmas to buy both as I spend too much money as it is - we'll see if I wait that long. :)
 

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I was going to set my camera up tonight and do it but by the time I got home from work I was totally beat. If the weather holds I'll try to make time tomorrow.

I've seen several "amber" led kits as well as plastic covers that turn white LED into amber, though I think you lose a lot of light doing that.
 

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Super Volt - Extreme Customization

C'mon Dutch, you need to step up ur game man!;)

Actually, the aux lights mod you did are not way overdone like the example Gen1 linked above...and yes that does appears to be a 'wing' mod on that Volt too!
LOL... I'm gonna go pour bleach in my eyes now.
 

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Dutch, those animated GIF's really prove the point and make big positive difference. Well done! Thinking of starting some lighting upgrades of my own.
 

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I absolutely do not intend any criticism (I think these look great) but I'm genuinely interested as to the advantages of LEDs over a HID kit? My understanding is that HIDs are both cheaper and brighter than LEDs (currently) while LEDs will likely last longer.
 

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Dutch, those animated GIF's really prove the point and make big positive difference. Well done! Thinking of starting some lighting upgrades of my own.
I was actually a little surprised at how dramatic it looked once I got the GIF put together. It's impressive in reality and WOW in the GIF.
 

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Re-post of the animated GIF files after the whole dropbox fiasco...

Alpena Hexfires




Low Beam (shuttered)
High Beam
High Beam w/Hexfire lights



Make note of how much more sidespill there is (seen off to the right in this image)
 

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yes, along with an override-off switch.
So I can either run lo-beam/high beam, or low-beam, high-beam w/hexfires

The only thing bad about them is that you do NOT want to run them in dense heavy fog, it just turns it into a white wall in front of you.
 

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UPDATE: Long Term Update

Since I just did a 6.5 hour overnight drive I thought it would be a great time for an update.
At the 1.5 year mark the Hexfire lights are still working fine and there have been no issues with the weather seals.
The anodizing has discolored slightly from black into a matte blackish/grey but it isn't really noticeable given that it's mounted on the grey panel of my car.

Most of my drive last night was through the mountain areas of PA and since there was little/no traffic I had long stretches with "high" beams and the hexfires on in misty/light rain conditions. I really appreciated the additional light, especially the sidespill as the deer were extremely active in the PA lowlands.

I'm still very pleased with this modification and consider it to have been a worthwhile project for my situation though if you are a urban/city driver it would most likely not be of any benefit to you.
 
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