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Installed H11s on January of 2014, they have lasted ~20k miles. Tonight one of the H11s has burnt out. Very happy with the lamps and I'm primed to purchase another H11 set, H9s are fine I hardly use my highs.

I'm open to others opinions/suggestions. Feel free to comment.
 

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Not a lot of other choices for those sizes. You could modify H9 bulbs to fit the H11 plugs but it could cause a lot of glare. You'll get 2100 instead of ~1400 lumens though
 

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Not a lot of other choices for those sizes. You could modify H9 bulbs to fit the H11 plugs but it could cause a lot of glare. You'll get 2100 instead of ~1400 lumens though
Hmmm... never thought of that. Looking a both lamp bases it looks like a very simple modification. I'm going to do it! Thanks.
 

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I found this on your thread:

http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?234693-Freedomfries-V70&p=2611201&viewfull=1#post2611201

So you have a H7 bulb that fits into the H9 housing and replaced the H11 socket with a H7 ceramic socket correct?

Free shipping on those sockets, and the more options with H7 may sway me to do this modification.
I think our headlights are different. My V70 lowbeams are H7 and the highbeams are 9005:


(Those two guys in the background are having fun)

My Osram bulbs are the 65w "Rallye" ones which are essentially an H9 filament/bulb on a H7 base
 

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Left is H9 right is H11.

The H9 a spare Osram lamp I had kicking around. The H11 is the Osram Nightbreaker. The glare is not bad, I see a lot worse on other vehicles so it shouldn't be a nuisance to others.
 

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Heyoo!

Just got the order from amazon for 2x Phillips Standard H9 lamps! on the recommendation.
Now I'm curious why Volvo switched the lowbeams from H7 to H11 after 2004. H7s are brighter (1500 vs 1350lm) and have a longer life (tc 930 vs 580hr). Maybe for more robust connectors? The H7 connectors are quite flimsy.

The 65w bulbs draw 0.8A more current (@ 12V). Shouldn't be an issue but you could get ceramic connectors.
 
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