I just found a source for bulbs for the dash switches on a ’96 Volvo 850 T5 sedan. They are # 7219 from Bulbster.com. You have to reuse the little white Volvo holders, but they are only $2.14 each instead of $8+ with the holders. They are T1, 12V, .7W, wire lead bulbs. Simply remove the old bulb from the holder, install the new bulb, and trim the excess wire lead. They seem to match the brightness of the one I had that still worked.
I also found the bulbs for the heater control panel. These are # e74 and are $1.55, T1 1/2 14V, 1.4 W, sub-min wedge base (european) and worked perfectly.
[Sent in by James M. Thanks James! – Matt]
Dash Switch Bulbs
Bonus! More on the Volvo 850
Volvo unveiled an entirely new model series in June 1991, the Volvo 850 GLT. The Volvo 850 GLT was launched under the banner of “A dynamic car with four world-beating breakthroughs”.
The four new features were: transverse 5-cylinder engine driving the front wheels, Delta-link rear axle which combined the dynamics and ride comfort of independent suspension with the security of a live rear axle, the SIPS integrated side-impact protection system, and the self-adjusting front seat belt mechanism.
The exterior design of the 850 bore a strong Volvo identity, and its 740 and 940 heritage was immediately apparent.
Volvo 850 GLT received a tumultuous welcome; seldom has a new car reaped so many awards as the 850.
Over the intervening years, the 850 series has been expanded with additional variants, among them turbocharged petrol versions and a direct-injection turbo-diesel.
The Volvo 850 was also the first car in the world to offer side-impact airbags, which were introduced in autumn 1994.
In model year 1997, the S70 replaced the 850 Sedan car.
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