Where to go for inexpensive, DIY improvement in light?
- E-code glass?
- jewel headlights?
- HID Xenons?
I have a 98 S70 and the headlights are really not very powerful at all. I can drive with my brights on and nobody flashes me. My bulbs are fairly new (within a year) and are the GE halogens they sell at wallmart. I have tried PIAA’s and they aren’t any better.
BEJinFbk, MVS Contributor and all-around car guru:
“If it’s pitted badly enough to affect your light output, I’d think you’d be able to feel it in the glass.
I’ve never heard of a polishing kit for GLASS headlights, just plastic.
I started with SilverStars, changed up to E-code glass and got reasonable, but not terrific lighting.
Short of jewels, HIDs would probably be my next step for improved lights.
But for now, SilverStars and E-code glass made a noticeable improvement on the cheap. “
MVS Moderator MadeInJapan:
“It’s been a while since I’ve posted but found this discussion something I can relate to. Actually, I have a ’98 S70 too and have had the same issues. Although the Silverstars were better, I was burning through them sometimes within a month, then I found the solution! And…it’s fairly cheap!! Change our your whole set-up to HID light bulbs. You can buy the kit for the H7’s here:http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DDM-H … 35W-or-55W You’ll have to use a 1 inch bit to drill the hole on the back side of your headlight cover and then just insert the new bulbs that have a rubber grommet to keep moisture out over the hole and then mount your ballasts to somewhere nearby- I used velcro (passenger side, behind the head light and driver’s side onto the battery). Anyway, they work great- I didn’t even upgrade to 55watts and it’s much brighter now!! They look sort of fluorescent but much brighter and I have had none burn out (by the way- a life time warranty!). Check out the bulb color carefully- I stayed with as white as I could get- of course you could go towards the blue spectrum if you want but I found that they look cheesy, especially on a Volvo (personal taste).”