IP 68 (water resistance) and IK09 (impact resistance): Our Alpha meets high industry standards. The FL1 standard is an ANSI/NEMA set of rules to make product specifications of different lamp manufacturers comparable.
Alpha Product Information
Type of light:
Bluetooth with remote switch. App applicable.
6.9Ah/99Wh SmartCore (14.4V Alpha)
Weight incl. battery:
Alpha Lamphead with remote and bar-mounts (specify 31.8mm or 35mm), 6.9Ah SmartCore battery (14.4V system for Alpha), Charger One-Alpha, 24V Power supply, Short and Long battery straps, User manual
The new Lupine Alpha is nothing less than the most powerful bicycle lamp for racing we've ever built. A full 7200 lumens, perfect illumination and an enormous range of up to 840 meters make your bike the ultimate nighttime racing machine.
Whether directly in front of you or several hundred meters away: the Alpha will show you every detail on your way. The Alpha combines 3 different lens types to create a perfectly illuminated image tailored for racing use. Two 22° lenses in combination with two ultra-wide angle lenses ensure never-before-seen Illumination at close range. Four 18° lenses focus part of the light and generate a range that outshines any comparable lamp.
Reduced to the essentials
Where there is light, there is heat. To optimize the cooling of the Alpha, the button has been moved to the underside of the lamp head. In
combination with the one-sided mounting method, space was created for more cooling fins and the heat management was adapted to the high performance.
Even during the fastest of speeds you can immediately see at what level your lamp is currently set: The Alpha has an extra large, colored LED status bar for displaying light levels and selected functions.
With the new Alpha's 2-way-switch, it's now even easier to switch between the light levels. You shift back and forth between the light levels in a flash, similar to a gear shift.
With the FrontClick quick-change system, your lighting will be more flexible than ever before. You can swap your headlamp from one helmet to another in seconds, without any tools.
Daytime running light function
Sometimes you just don't want to be overlooked but want to save electricity at the same time: In this case you simply use the daytime running light function integrated in the Alpha.
Lupine Light Control 2.0
The app for the new Alpha offers many possibilities: You set your light levels and special functions as you like them. Save your settings, create custom profiles for your activities, and simply use them again when you need them.
To prevent you from confusing your batteries, the Alpha plug has its own distinctive shape and color, but if you want to charge your smartphone via USB-One: it´s fully compatible.
Our Statement: Alpha vs. Betty
Is the Alpha better than a Betty? From 25 years of experience we can answer this question with just one word: Yes! The Alpha seems much brighter and, thanks to its specially designed light pattern, is much better suited for fast rides on a bike/MTB.
Great Light, August 15, 2020 By Marcus (Tallahassee, FL)(Verified)
This is an excellent light for road biking at high speeds (I'm sure for trail also, but I only ride road). I feel safe on 30+ mph decent on city roads that aren't the most well maintained. The field of vision is what really separates this light from the other Lupine lights and from less expensive brands. The quick release clamp keeps the light in the correct position even after hitting large bumps in the road. It's not necessary to move the light around with your hand, although you can if needed. The build quality of this light has no equal. Every detail has been carefully thought out, allowing you to fit this perfectly on your bike. I have a Pinarello Prince FX and it fits very well.
I especially like the shifter style remote because you don't have to cycle through a bunch of different brightness levels to find what you want. I have my light programmed for 4 different brightness levels (the smartphone app pairs with the light via bluetooth and you can customize the 4 levels to your exact desired brightness - you don't have to choose from preset levels only). But not having to cycle through a bunch of levels is very key. Imagine you're going on a steep hill for 1-2 minutes - here you might just need a lower level of light. Then when you hit the top of the hill, you suddenly need a much brighter setting to descend safely. If you go from 10mph on ascent to 30+ on descent, you want to be able to quickly and confidently move from one setting to the next. Much easier when don't have to through a preset loop. You can hit the up button on the remote say 2 times and you're where you need to be. Also its a hard stop at the brightest level so you can't overshoot and end up in the dark as you're going 30+ mph.
This is the second Lupine light I've owned. I purchased the first one 11 years ago. One major factor for me deciding to invest in the Alpha is the customer service. If you buy a less expensive light that's made in China and have an issue, good luck getting someone on the phone to resolve your issue. Both before and after purchase, Bill Gentile and Dan Haus were available to answer my questions and resolve a problem that was my fault. On the mounting bracket, it clearly says 2NM. Although I've been very careful with carbon biking parts (frame, seatpost, etc), I was careless and just over hand-tightened without a torque wrench. Looking back, I probably put a good 4-5NM on it and was careless, so I stripped out the screw. I emailed Bill on a Friday afternoon and, much to my surprise, received a replacement bracket and screw at no charge via Priority Mail - it arrived Monday (the next business day, not a week or two later). This is they type of service that you won't find elsewhere. Maybe you're smarter than me and won't make such a dumb mistake, but it does demonstrate that the customer service is top notch.
One note on the light brightness - it does down regulate automatically from 7200 to whatever your next lower setting is and so on if it gets too hot, to prevent permanent damage to the light. Let me just say that even on a 30+ mph descent, my next setting of 5500 lumens (and even my next setting at 4000 lumens) is more than adequate to feel safe. In riding during August in Florida, the light seems to run max of either 4000 or 5500 once it heats up. I am able to go up to 7200 at times, but its not always available because its summertime in Florida. I expect that once fall and especially winter hit then the full 7200 will be accessible more frequently. However, because I sometimes ride 3 hrs in the dark at once, running at 7200 would drain the battery too early anyway. So for me having the ability to run 4000 lumens for my entire 3+ hr ride, with a great beam pattern, is more important than being able to run 5500 lumens for 2 hrs or 7200 for 1 hr, 20 min. Speaking of the battery, the battery level indicator system is top notch. It will tell you in 10% increments the battery level. Also it has a series of red warning lights that prompt you to turn down your light to preserve battery or even stop once you have fully drained the battery. But even after that, there's a slight reserve for emergency. For myself, seeing just a single red light will prompt me to turn down the light to 2900 lumens (full charge battery can run this for 5 hr; note that I am choosing myself to down regulate to 2900... this, like everything on the light, is customizable). I have found that I can still ride for a long time even after turning down to 2900. Probably another 45-60 minutes, but I'm not exactly sure as I don't want to run out of light entirely lol. The bottom line is that if you pay attention to the light (very easy to see the large red dot), then you can manage your power while not sacrificing your ride.
The only drawback to this light is cost. You'll have to make that call.
Epic light, June 15, 2020 By Anonymous (APO, AE)(Verified)
Over 15 years in US Army Special Forces and the APLHA Light takes the cake of all the lights Iâ€™ve ever used, and Iâ€™ve used some that cost 10x of the Lupine Alpha. Easy to set up the light selections on the Lupine light control app with my iPhone so that selecting the most used light modes with the bluetooth remote is fast.
For mountain biking and my work you really wont need the lights full power but itâ€™s nice to have at night especially when searching for crashed drones. What sets this light apart from the others is its even beam spread and powerful center beam. Also it uses the latest high bin high efficiency Led lights. This light is the ALPHA of all lights!
nothing gets better, November 23, 2018 By Lloyd (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Best of the best. If you want to rule the night, this is it. My good ole Betty R moved to my helmet, can't be happier with my current setup.
If price is not a hindrance and with a lot of technology in this package, no other brands can match this IMHO.
Badboy, November 22, 2018 By Jack (Los Angeles, CA)
I have owned some good bike lights for my night riding but this alpha is the best of them all, now im the happiest mtn biker you will ever ride with in LA area with an alpha on my handlebar and betty on my hellmet! Im a Lupine for life now, thanks to that friend of mine who showed me off his Lupine lights! ????