IPD sale XeMODeX - Experts in Volvo Electronics
MVS-Amazon link helps MVS!

Get email notification of topic replies. Log in or register (free). Amazon Link Buy anything with this and it helps MVS!

adding extra back up lights

Help, Advice, Owners' Discussion and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's stylish, distinctive "P2" platform cars.

2001 - 2007 V70
2004 - 2007 V70 R
2001 - 2007 XC-70
2001 - 2009 S60
2003 - 2007 S60 R

Post Reply
azureblue
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:09 am
Year and Model: 2001 V70 T5
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Has thanked: 3 times
Been thanked: 2 times

adding extra back up lights

Post by azureblue »

Can I just tap into the trailer electrical connector, to hook up an Led light bar, for extra back up lights? I think I will mount it under the bumper..
2001 V70 T5, 195K. My seventh Volvo.
User avatar
darrylrobert
Posts: 424
Joined: Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:25 am
Year and Model: 2001 v70xc M58
Location: australia
Has thanked: 4 times
Been thanked: 23 times

Re: adding extra back up lights

Post by darrylrobert »

depends on how much current its drawing. to be on the safe side i recommend using a relay.
1981 260 GLE converted to 240 M46 after auto box failure
1987 740t auto converted to M47
1997 V70t5 auto converted to M56
1998 V70 factory M56 (parts car)
2001 XC70 factory M58
2002 XC70 auto (parts car)
azureblue
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:09 am
Year and Model: 2001 V70 T5
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Has thanked: 3 times
Been thanked: 2 times

Re: adding extra back up lights

Post by azureblue »

I'm not trying to re create the sun back there - just one of those small 6 LED units in the middle. :-) Would you know what the maximum current draw from the connector would be?
2001 V70 T5, 195K. My seventh Volvo.
User avatar
oragex
Posts: 5206
Joined: Fri May 24, 2013 6:20 am
Year and Model: S60 2003
Location: Canada
Has thanked: 102 times
Been thanked: 321 times
Contact:

Re: adding extra back up lights

Post by oragex »

I don't think it would hurt. Just try wiring it directly to a bulb connector. I did so with the 3rd brake light, like the result, I think it helps getting more attention when braking www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_3Wrx2JvBE
azureblue
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:09 am
Year and Model: 2001 V70 T5
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Has thanked: 3 times
Been thanked: 2 times

Re: adding extra back up lights

Post by azureblue »

I was thinking about that too. So the extra drain on the bulb connector won't throw a warning?
2001 V70 T5, 195K. My seventh Volvo.
User avatar
darrylrobert
Posts: 424
Joined: Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:25 am
Year and Model: 2001 v70xc M58
Location: australia
Has thanked: 4 times
Been thanked: 23 times

Re: adding extra back up lights

Post by darrylrobert »

I swapped all my rear lights with LED including the revereser lights, very bright and white not yellow. As for the bulb out warning, if i recall there isnt one for reverse lights, or i did the add a resistor to the shunt trick..
shunt mod
shunt mod
1981 260 GLE converted to 240 M46 after auto box failure
1987 740t auto converted to M47
1997 V70t5 auto converted to M56
1998 V70 factory M56 (parts car)
2001 XC70 factory M58
2002 XC70 auto (parts car)
azureblue
Posts: 422
Joined: Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:09 am
Year and Model: 2001 V70 T5
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Has thanked: 3 times
Been thanked: 2 times

Re: adding extra back up lights

Post by azureblue »

Thanks - If there isn't a bulb out warning for the back up lights then A swap would work better
2001 V70 T5, 195K. My seventh Volvo.
foggydogg
Posts: 75
Joined: Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:28 am
Year and Model: '00 V70xc 98 V70glt
Location: District Of Columbia, not one of the Several States
Been thanked: 1 time

Re: adding extra back up lights

Post by foggydogg »

+1 on replacing the existing bulbs, did it on both my V70s, brighter and whiter both.
69 1800s, @500k Death by Rust
94 850 Turbo, T-boned, ambulance for me, crusher for it
97 850T5 project
98 V70R, Junkyard rescue
98 V70GLT x2, parts cars
00 V70xc x2, both now dead
62 122s four door, 2l, FI head, discs up front, ipd swaybars
56 445 Duett basket project
1950 Studebaker 2R10 flatbed, T9 crashbox
RichCrewe
Posts: 21
Joined: Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:47 pm
Year and Model: S60 2002
Location: UK
Been thanked: 2 times

Re: adding extra back up lights

Post by RichCrewe »

Could you tap into the trailer light circuit? (Ideally by just buying the correct cable/connector rather than splicing in.) If that's fused for a 21W incandescent bulb, that should support a fairly hefty LED array.
Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post