HID’s – Retrofitting Them to Volvos with Factory (dull) Headlights

Putting HID headlights in Volvos. This was the thinking 9 years ago.. upgrade to HID (but run into endless problems). There's a better way: Reflectors & LED

The Old Way – HID/Xenon

Adding aftermarket Xenons to your Volvo can be a minefield of what to buy, where to buy it and what to do with it when the package arrives. Then there is the legality angle you must navigate. At 35W lights are ok but 55W are illegal?

HID

Here’s a Volvo Forum topic with information by those who have put HID/Xenon lights in their Volvos. This was the convention 9 years ago… owners upgrading to HID but running into endless problems of “ballast” and dash lights because the electrical draw was outside of normal parameters. Some owners just lived with the dash light or message center message.

BTW, if you’re looking for info on replacing various bulbs, see this Volvo bulb lookup chart series.

Some owners are buying new housing/reflectors and putting in LED bulbs, in effect skipping the entire HID/Xenon technology generation…

Now It’s Reflectors + LED Bulbs

Halogen -> HID/Xenon [skipped] -> LED

Around 2016, aftermarket LED bulbs arrived to a hungry audience of Volvo owners, and generally the whole automotive world. They’d been around as a niche segment in the automotive world — and of course as AC home lighting products — but this year was the turning point in terms of auto enthusiast adoption.


Model

Factory Replacement
Volvo HID headlight bulbs

Halogen to Xenon 
Conversion Kits
(upgrade headlights to
HID lighting)
Volvo C30
2008 – 2009
HID-D2S Bulbs
 
Volvo C30
2010 – 2012
HID-D2S Bulbs
H11 conversion kit
Volvo C70
2006 – 2009
HID-D2S Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo C70
2010 – 2012
HID-D2S Bulbs
H11 conversion kit
    
Volvo S40
2005 – 2009
HID-D2S Bulbs
H11 conversion kit
Volvo S40
2010 – 2012
HID-D2S Bulbs
H11 conversion kit
Volvo S60
2004 – 2006
HID-D2R Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo S60
2007 – 2009
HID-D2S Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo S60
2011 – 2012
HID-D3S bulbs
H7 conversion kit
Volvo S80
2004 – 2006
HID-D2R Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo S80
2007 – 2009
HID-D2S Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo S80
2010 – 2012
HID-D2S Bulbs
H11 conversion kit
    
Volvo V50
2005 – 2009
HID-D2S Bulbs
H7 conversion kit
Volvo V50
2010
HID-D2S Bulbs
H7 conversion kit
Volvo V70
2004 – 2006
HID-D2R Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo V70
2007 – 2009
HID-D2S Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo V70
2010
HID-D2S Bulbs
H11 conversion kit
    
Volvo XC60
2010 – 2012
HID-D2S Bulbs
H11 conversion kit
Volvo XC70
2004 – 2006
HID-D2R Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo XC70
2007 – 2009
HID-D2S Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo XC70
2010 – 2012
HID-D2S Bulbs
H11 conversion kit
Volvo XC90
2003 – 2005
HID-D2R Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo XC90
2003 – 2006
HID-D2R Bulbs
No Upgrade
Volvo XC90
2007 – 2009
HID-D1S Bulbs
H11 conversion kit
Volvo XC90
2010 – 2012
HID-D1S Bulbs
H11 conversion kit

Table courtesy plasmagarage.com

How to Select HID’s for Volvos with Factory (dull) Headlights

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