jablackburn wrote:The standard headlights are awful. I recently put some Silverstars in my S70, and they are great. People say the life isn't very long, though.
E-code lenses (Euro spec) seem to be the way to go. I'm holding out for projectors on mine.
My 1998 V70 XC had the stock hi/low factory bulbs in it when I bought it, and the right home that night over the infamous Route 17 in Norcal back to Santa Cruz was, well... *tense*... the next day I visited my friendly euro parts shop and ordered up some nice 'lil Hellas, the H7 hi-beam bulbs in 110w flavor which I'm now rockin' on the '98 XC with great success, although I'll need more lights soon (see below)...
I still needed the Hellas once I moved back east, too... an ultra-white beam, 'low voltage draw', 110 or 120 watt xenon style hi-beam bulb that really reaches out and touches those frequent deer and Moose (!) infesting the roadsides up here in the Vermont north woods... I now can get up to speed late at night again with much more confidence. In 37 years of fast night driving all over North America, I've not hit a deer or moose yet... and the Hellas, while not a rack of four 7" Cibie dedicated driving and peripheral lights on a custom powder-coated bull- bar (I'm workin' on that with my buddy John Buffum, an old champion Audi factory rally pilot with a long win history and a taste for Big wattage at night)... they really give ya a LOT of bang for the $37.00 for both bulbs that I spent back in Norcal last year. For anything else other than a PIAA/Hella low-current draw H7 hi-beam xenon-style bulb though and I'd spring for a dedicated line with it's own fuse or a set of ring lights from IPD (expensive, but I think I took the plunge and ordered them last week...;^)
thecheat's right on, though- be *really* careful of anything other than the low-draw, high-output Hella or PIAA ultra whites, and if ya need to spiff up the headlight lenses, definitely do it.. did it on a few of my other Volvos in the past that needed that attention and it DEFINITELY made a difference as well, a nice bookend to a more powerful H7 hi-beam bulb... good luck, and enjoy the added reach! ;^)