Volvo S70 Made from 1998 to 2000, this sporty model replaced the 850 sedan and instantly became a hit.

Low beams horrible, need advice on new bulbs

  #1  
Old 12-29-2016, 06:56 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 16
Default Low beams horrible, need advice on new bulbs

Since I've owned the car my headlights have been lacking.

My low beams spotlight the road roughly 10-15ft in front of the car.
Name:  image.jpeg
Views: 46
Size:  104.5 KB

My high beams aren't horrible but I'd prefer better.
Name:  image_2.jpeg
Views: 43
Size:  103.0 KB

Ive looked up projector headlamps but ain't paying $400 for headlights.

What bulbs would do me best?

Thank you and God bless
Russell
 
  #2  
Old 12-29-2016, 10:40 AM
Psaboic's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: SW, WA
Posts: 2,225
Default

First off I would check to make sure your headlights are aimed correctly. If they are not aimed right, all you are going to do with brighter bulbs is put more light in the same wrong place.
That said, if they are aimed correctly, you could do what I did. I put 80W/100W bulbs in our car and they made a huge diference. The only modification I made was I put relays in to handle the extra curent draw.
 
  #3  
Old 12-29-2016, 09:21 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 9
Default

I'd make sure the bulbs are indexed correctly in the reflector housing.Then use the built-in leveling bulb to help aim the light beam. I have no lighting issues with my S70 for low or high beams.
 
  #4  
Old 12-30-2016, 01:15 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Kingsport, TN
Posts: 1,515
Default

In car headlights, the light has to shine backward and bounce off the reflector. The bulbs are fine. No amount of monkeying with them will solve the problem. The problem is the reflectors. If you take the headlights apart, you will see that the mirror is gone. yes there must be a mirror there.

There is not a really easy fix for this, but in my case I experimented with making a lining of chrome stickers all over the reflector, and that worked great. I used monokote chrome decal material and it's be in the headlights about 8 months now. Works pretty well. You could also try shiny metal duct tape, but I did not. 3rd best is probably "chrome paint" but none of them are really all that mirror-like. You need a mirror. Monokote only costs about $3 for enough material to do it.
 
  #5  
Old 01-15-2017, 12:47 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 16
Default

Went out last night and adjusted the head lights as best as i could. They still leave a TON to be desired.

Where are the grounds for the head lights?
 
  #6  
Old 01-15-2017, 12:48 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 16
Default

Off
Name:  image_6.jpeg
Views: 34
Size:  80.4 KB
 
  #7  
Old 01-15-2017, 12:50 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 16
Default

low
Name:  image_3.jpeg
Views: 35
Size:  90.0 KB
 
  #8  
Old 01-15-2017, 01:04 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 16
Default

high
Name:  image_9.jpeg
Views: 33
Size:  90.0 KB
 
  #9  
Old 01-15-2017, 01:07 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 16
Default

Im thinking new bulbs on payday.

Whats the very best bulbs i can simply plug in to install?

Whats the best "easy enough" to install option?

Ill go price replacment housings.
 
  #10  
Old 01-15-2017, 01:24 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 16
Default

so far ive found left side for $80 and right side for $94.
 
  #11  
Old 02-13-2017, 10:25 AM
rspi's Avatar
Administrator
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 15,762
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
bkhan145
Volvo 240, 740 & 940
6
03-16-2019 02:22 PM
98isb360
Volvo 240, 740 & 940
8
06-02-2017 03:31 AM
enjuaguese
Volvo 240, 740 & 940
2
01-01-2016 04:13 PM
Volvo_Neps
1998-2000 model year V70
3
10-07-2013 10:28 PM
panopticon
Volvo 850
5
03-21-2005 09:38 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Low beams horrible, need advice on new bulbs


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.