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Old Oct 20th, 2016, 19:11   #1
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I have a 2000 Volvo V70 Classic. From the pictures you can see that the left side low beam light is almost gone I guess. Now my confusion is, when I took a look from outside of the headlight casing, I saw there are two bulbs. Could anyone tell me what are they for and/or Am I wrong? Also, if I am right, how many bulbs should I buy? Considering myself pretty much ignorant in these matters, forgive me in advance for my silly question.

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Old Oct 20th, 2016, 19:44   #2
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Hi deepupn

Each side has two H7 bulbs (main and low beams) and one other parking light bulb.

If you raise the bonnet, then look at the back of each headlight housing, you will find a round cover which you turn slightly then remove. That will then let you see the low beam bulb which you need to replace.

Remove it by unhooking the wire retaining clip, then you can lift the bulb out.

Fitting the new bulb is the reverse of removal. Don't touch the glass of the new bulb with your fingers.

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Hi deepupn

Each side has two H7 bulbs (main and low beams) and one other parking light bulb.

If you raise the bonnet, then look at the back of each headlight housing, you will find a round cover which you turn slightly then remove. That will then let you see the low beam bulb which you need to replace.

Remove it by unhooking the wire retaining clip, then you can lift the bulb out.

Fitting the new bulb is the reverse of removal. Don't touch the glass of the new bulb with your fingers.

Steve
Thank you so much for the quick reply. My another question is, should I need to upgrade my battery to install Led or Xenon bulbs for this car and should I at the same install any cooling systems for those high profile bulbs?

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Old Oct 20th, 2016, 20:29   #4
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Sorry, I don't know anything about LED or Xenon.

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Old Oct 21st, 2016, 19:54   #5
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Don't know about Xenons,but as far as I'm aware LED bulbs use less power and run cooler than standard bulbs.However if the V70 is a canbus car[others will know whether this is the case or not]then you have to get led's that are compatible with canbus or you'll get blown bulb warnings/flickering lights/lights that don't work or similar problems.If you're after better light output over standard you could try nightbreakers or equivalent.
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No you do not need to fit a higher capacity battery if you use HID or led lights , as they consume less power than halogen bulbs do . With the engine running at tickover the alternator is producing way more current than would be required for HID or LED use . In theory you could leave the lights on for far longer & use less battery capacaity doing so . I have a 1998 Tdi v70 fitted with HID dip beams & led main beams for fast reaction when switching to high beam . Both are rated at 6000K ( daylight balanced ) . My headlights are ABM units with projectors for the HID bulb . To be honest if you are fitting HID's into standard headlights with the lens pattern on the glass you may well dazzle oncoming drivers blinding them . I do not know if you have an annual vehicel inspection in Finland , but in the UK we have what is known as an MOT test , where every vehicle is inspected once it is 3 years or older , every year & we fail many cars with HID's in normal headlights
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Hi all, just added a couple of pix for clarification of H7 bulb replacement.
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I've done HIDs for several year and just tried a set of LEDs on a Mercedes.

I'd say, HIDs are better. You will need the H7R bulb type for your reflector headlights. I'd also recommend a 35W 5000K colour temperature with canbus system.

LEDs can suffer issues with flicker, some issues may not be apparent upon post installation tests and as such, need additional decoders etc, which means cutting a hole in the dust cover. Also they are generally 6500K colour temp and the blue hue is too much on the blue side, unless you look at something like GT Ultra, Osram or Philips items which are very expensive.
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