IPD sale XeMODeX - Experts in Volvo Electronics
Did you know? 🤔
Logged in users can get email notification of topic replies Log in or register (free).
Amazon Link Buy your stuff using this and it helps MVS!

Brighter lows?

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

AlanS
Posts: 528
Joined: Sat Aug 12, 2006 12:34 pm
Year and Model:
Location:
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0
AlanS

Brighter lows?

Post by AlanS » Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:05 pm

One of my low beams just burned out. So, now is an opportunity to maybe put some better bulbs in. Any recommendations, or am I just wasting money trying to get a brighter bulb



User avatar
Rattnalle
Posts: 1500
Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:10 am
Year and Model: 2004 V70 2.5T
Location: Sweden
Has thanked: 15 times
Been thanked: 110 times
Sweden
Rattnalle

Re: Brighter lows?

Post by Rattnalle » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:22 am

Premium bulbs are slightly better but don't expect a night and day difference. I was happy with the upgrade on the S80 with halogen I had.



User avatar
volvolugnut
Posts: 88
Joined: Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:51 am
Year and Model: 2001 V70
Location: Midsouth USA
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 12 times
United States of America
volvolugnut

Re: Brighter lows?

Post by volvolugnut » Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:21 pm

In the USA you can get premium, brighter headlight bulbs at most auto parts stores. They cost more, they are brighter, but they do not last as long. Pick what you want most.

volvolugnut


2001 V70 T5, 1986 244DL, 1983 245DL, 1975 245DL, 1959 PV544, multiple parts cars.

User avatar
MoVolvos
Posts: 2016
Joined: Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:47 pm
Year and Model: 03S80T6~08C30T5
Location: NC
Has thanked: 23 times
Been thanked: 39 times
United States of America
MoVolvos

Re: Brighter lows?

Post by MoVolvos » Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:03 pm

AlanS wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:05 pm
One of my low beams just burned out. So, now is an opportunity to maybe put some better bulbs in. Any recommendations, or am I just wasting money trying to get a brighter bulb
I've been running LED's from Amazon and eBay on two cars and have a set ready for the 03 S80. Just choose something in your price range and check out the low ratings to see if the vendor is responsive. I've found recently eBay is very proactive in helping with warranty claims.


Blessings,

BKM

1998 S70 T5 - Donated
2003 S80 T6
2003 GS300
2003 Odyssey
2008 C30 T5
2019 Atlas SE 4 Motion

cbpitt01
Posts: 27
Joined: Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:08 pm
Year and Model: 2006 V70 2.5T
Location: Hickory, NC
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 1 time
United States of America
cbpitt01

Re: Brighter lows?

Post by cbpitt01 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:44 pm

Not sure what year/model you’ve got, but in my 2006 V70, it calls for H11 (55W) low beam and H9 (65W) high beam. But I run the 65W H9 in all four positions. To make the H9 fit the H11 low-beam harness receptacle, you have to trim one tab off inside the bulb plug area. There are several videos on YouTube of how to do this; the plastic is fairly brittle and I just shave it off with the tip of a fresh blade in a utility knife. I did this over one year ago with a pair of Phillips Vision bulbs and they’ve been going strong since. That extra 10 watts makes a big difference, at least to me, with no additional cost over what you’d normally pay for new halogen bulbs.
Here’s a link to one of the videos:


2006 V70 2.5T, Ice White/Taupe-Light Taupe, bought “newsed” @ 183,500 miles in Dec 2015; 225,000+ miles as of May 12, 2019!

MRScott
Posts: 7
Joined: Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:55 pm
Year and Model: 04.5,05,06,2011
Location: Oregon
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0
United States of America
MRScott

Re: Brighter lows?

Post by MRScott » Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:30 pm

A couple of thoughts, the lenses need to be clear for starters. Also some of the fancy bulbs provide, for a lack of a better term, diffent colors. These can inhance what your seeing and appear better.



User avatar
MoVolvos
Posts: 2016
Joined: Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:47 pm
Year and Model: 03S80T6~08C30T5
Location: NC
Has thanked: 23 times
Been thanked: 39 times
United States of America
MoVolvos

Re: Brighter lows?

Post by MoVolvos » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:08 am

MRScott wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:30 pm
A couple of thoughts, the lenses need to be clear for starters. Also some of the fancy bulbs provide, for a lack of a better term, diffent colors. These can inhance what your seeing and appear better.
5K White or 6K Diamond White would be the best. Anything above 6K starts to turn blue.


Blessings,

BKM

1998 S70 T5 - Donated
2003 S80 T6
2003 GS300
2003 Odyssey
2008 C30 T5
2019 Atlas SE 4 Motion

User avatar
BlackBart
Posts: 547
Joined: Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:03 pm
Year and Model: 2004 XC70 BlackBetty
Location: Montana
Has thanked: 38 times
Been thanked: 29 times
Sweden
BlackBart

Re: Brighter lows?

Post by BlackBart » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:17 pm

cbpitt01 wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:44 pm
... it calls for H11 (55W) low beam and H9 (65W) high beam. But I run the 65W H9 in all four positions.
If you're running additional wattage in the lows, and they're on all the time as daytime running lights, is there concern for the wire size and harness and overheating?

Also, are you causing glare to oncoming traffic with brighter lows? We often ran 4 Hella's or Cibie's in old school 4-round light cars, and they are bright, but they have very accurate cut-offs in the beam pattern.


ex-1984 245T wagon
1994 850T wagon
2004 XC70 wagon BlackBetty
Is it time for a 1964 122 wagon?

IslandV70
Posts: 128
Joined: Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:59 pm
Year and Model: 2005 V70 2.4
Location: USA
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 2 times
United States of America
IslandV70

Re: Brighter lows?

Post by IslandV70 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:23 pm

55W vs 65W is not enough to worry about.



User avatar
abscate
MVS Moderator
Posts: 18815
Joined: Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:54 pm
Year and Model: 99T5 ,99S70,2005V70
Location: NYC, ALBANY NY
Has thanked: 221 times
Been thanked: 731 times
Trinidad & Tobago
abscate

Re: Brighter lows?

Post by abscate » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:21 am

In the winter climates, you need the heat of the bulb to keep the lens clear of snow, leds won’t provide this.

If you have headlight washers those will perform that function


Empty Nester
A Captain in a Sea of Estrogen
1999-V70-T5M56 2005-V70-M56 1999-S70 VW T4 BMW

Post Reply