Headlight Output Improvement Advice & Links

Full Headlight Upgrade - Old . vs. New test at night against a white fence

There’s been several interesting and helpful forum topics lately regarding improving Volvo headlight output. Given that some P80 models we’re talking about are up to a quarter-century old, you might consider putting this at the top of your to do list. Headlight improvements are an attractive use of your time for several reasons: It’s a […]

Re-chrome Headlight Reflectors? Yes.

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So to put it bluntly, my headlights are about as good as some cheap flashlights taped on the front bumper. I’ve looked at buying new assemblies, but even for “cheap” aftermarket I can’t justify the price. However, I’ve had an idea for a cheaper DIY solution, assuming you can do this. Is it possible to […]

Thor’s Hammer Headlights

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  Thor’s Hammer is the nickname given to Volvo headlights since the second-generation XC90 debuted in 2015 on the SPA platform. It’s a distinctive shape that, well, looks like a hammer ;-). The headlights got the moniker Thor’s hammer because Volvo is Swedish, and modern-day Sweden was the center of the Viking Age.   In Norse mythology, Thor is […]

Bulb Replacement Guide: 3000-Series Bulbs

Volvo Headlight Bulb2 - Not necessarily a 3000-series bulb. Just a nice image of Volvo bulb-related stuff that goes well with this article.

This is auxiliary data supporting  Volvo Bulb Guide and Cross-Reference topic in the Volvo forum. 3000-Series Bulbs There is likely a good story behind the some of the redundancy for 3#5# bulbs, but I don’t have it. Some manufacturers list THREE different numbers on the same package in addition to A(mber) and K(rypton) variations. Double check […]

Bulb Replacement Guide: Side Mirror “Approach” Bulbs

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This is auxiliary data supporting  Volvo Bulb Guide and Cross-Reference topic in the Volvo forum. Side Mirror Bulbs Volvo describes the bulb for the side mirror or “Approach” light as “12.8 V, 11 W.” Aftermarket show others (e.g. 6W and 10W) some with 10mm glass, some with 16mm, but all with a W2.1×9.5d base (unknown if […]

Bulb Replacement Guide: Neo-Wedge Bulbs

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This is auxiliary data supporting  Volvo Bulb Guide and Cross-Reference topic in the Volvo forum. Neo-Wedge Bulbs Sorted by volts, base, then wattage for ease of comparison. JKL Lamp # Volt Watt Base* Lumens Hours Length CNW1-CW44 12 V 0.48 W NW4.6 1.13 10k 9mm CNW1-7219 ** 12 V 0.72 W NW4.6 1.89 16k 9mm DNW1-DW44 […]

Bulb Replacement Guide: Festoon Bulbs

Dome Light - Not necessarily a festoon bulb, sorry. Just a nice image of Volvo bulb-related stuff that goes well with this article.

This is auxiliary data supporting  Volvo Bulb Guide and Cross-Reference topic in the Volvo forum. Festoon Bulbs Festoon Bulbs usually are Double-Ended (DE) devils often vary by base (cap size), length and diameter even among same voltage and wattage. Even with SAE, DIN, and ECE variations, this should help narrow things down* and rule out numbers for other voltages. The 1.2W vanity […]

Bulb Replacement Guide: Seven-, Eight- & Nine-Digit Volvo Bulbs

This image is not necessarily a bulb from the table,, sorry. Just a nice image of Volvo bulb-related stuff that goes well with this article.

This is auxiliary data supporting  Volvo Bulb Guide and Cross-Reference topic in the Volvo forum. Less common Volvo bulbs Less info available than some other bulb types. Often for switch and accessory illumination. Volvo# Volts Watts Base ECE (non) Osram# Lumens Info 3524511 12 V 1.5 W – – 2752MF? – Instruments bulb OSR_2439488A 3545170 12 […]

Improve Headlight Output with Projectors

New MVS Forums member and now MVS Contributor Darkfleet explains how he upgraded the headlights on his 1999 XC70. The DIY writeup joins a strong group of headlight upgrade and improvement tutorials and information like this one, this one, this one and this one. This writeup is tailored to his XC70, but this will work […]

LED Headlight Bulb Upgrade DIY

LED Bulbs are The Newest, Latest Headlight Technology A LED headlight bulb upgrade is the newest, highest-tech way to get better light from a Volvo’s headlights. And under $100, a cheap way also. (The lowest tech way is cleaning or buying new headlight reflectors.) Volvo DIY guru Robert Spinner shows us how to do this […]