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Hella Micro DE Fog lights Review

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by elblako91, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Jul 25, 2011 at 2:13 PM
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    elblako91

    elblako91 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to share my opinion and experience on Hella's micro DE fog lights. First off I was looking for something to fill in that space in between the headlights and my rig. I tried KC fog lights but after having them on a lot i ended up melting the plastic lens with the stock bulb it came with. I then tried KC's flood light and still wasn't pleased with the output. I then turned my attention to Hella's micro DE fog lights mainly because it had a projector style lens. At $125 they are a little pricier than the KC's. The light out put was better than the KC's but still wasn't pleased so I retrofitted some 35 watt 3K HID's into them and got just what I wanted. The cutoff line is sharp because of the projection lens so you can have them on and won't blind oncoming traffic. I'd recommend these to someone wanting to fill in the space between their headlights and have a low wide pattern to it. My only complaint about the Hellas is that the holes that are used to mount the light are not threaded and I had to use their self tapping screws to mount it. If you over tighten them (like I did) then they will strip.

    Here are some pictures I took while i was parked in front of my GF house. I will try to get some cut off pictures tonight.

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    LOW BEAMS ONLY
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    LOW BEAMS & HELLAS
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  2. Jul 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM
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    :eek: Holly crap. Good job dude.:thumbsup:
    More night shots please.:)
     
  3. Jul 25, 2011 at 6:42 PM
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    Heading out as we speak to get some night shots.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2011 at 7:12 PM
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    Some better night shots

    Low beams only
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    hellas only
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    Low beams + Hellas
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    Low beams only
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    Fog lights only
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    Lows+Fogs
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    Fogs only
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    Low beams + fogs
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    High beams +Fogs
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  5. Jul 26, 2011 at 4:18 AM
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    Great job on the pics!:thumbsup:Thanks. :)
     
  6. Jul 26, 2011 at 4:51 AM
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    How involved was the retrofit? Was it just plug and play and re-routing wires or did it involve a tear down of the lights and drilling out the housing?
     
  7. Sep 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM
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    Well I had to take out the stock H3 bulb and then break of the flip over tab that holds the H3 bulb in place since the HID bulb would not go in with out it being out of the way. I then secured the HID bulb to the housing using radio control flying wire since its flexible and very strong. Wrapped it around the light a couple of times and tied it off. Bulb does not move at all. Then i slipped the rubber grommet over the hole back of the housing and drilled a hole to allow the two HID wires to come out. Put some silicone around it and wired them up. So far I haven't had any problems with them.
     
  8. Jan 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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    i hope my hella micros turn out good. i just ordered hella micro des and some morimoto h3c bulbs from TRS and am going to use a pair of volt ballasts. i hope they have a nice goled yellow output.
     
  9. Jan 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM
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    i was wondering about retrofitting the hella micros, i have set on my truck but being how small they are i didn't think a retro was possible. good to know.
     
  10. Jan 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM
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    907taco- how is the light ouytput on those micros with just the halogen in them? i was wondering because of the height i would be mounting them and if it would make a difference in the light output. im thinking about mounting mine on my lower bumper valance
     
  11. Jan 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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    the light output makes a huge difference IMO. mine are at about 32" off the ground. I don't have any pics and they never do any "light" justice when people post but they actually are bright. OP pic of fogs only, they look just like that.
     
  12. Jan 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM
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    UPDATE: both of my DDM raptor ballasts have gone out. I ordered DDM slim ballast as i had them before and ran 2 years with out issues. Their full size raptor ballst suck tho. I'm about to replace ballast. Only issue I have had with this retrofit so far other than that no water has gotten in the housing and no melting of any sorts. They are holding up great.
     
  13. Jan 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM
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    Thanks for the update OP. I've been on the fence about these for my wife's accord, I will get them now and do the retro.
     
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