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Hi all,<p>I have now got 46000miles (18months) on my UK S40, and the lights are on all the time (DRL) <p>So far I have not had any go, until yesterday and today when one has stopped then started working again. So it needs sorting soonish<p>So question is are the standard bulbs longlife like these here??? H7 BTW<p><A HREF="http://www.powerbulbs.co.uk/product.asp?numRecordPosition=6&P_ID=200&strPageHistory=&strKeywords=&SearchFor=&PT_ID=77" TARGET="_blank">http://www.powerbulbs.co.uk/pr...ID=77</A><p>As i do alot of miles I am impressed how long they have lasted.<p>How long do normal ones last if they are on all the time???<p>Cheers<p><br>
 

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Re: Replacing headlight bulb are std bulbs longlife????? (Richard_S40)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Richard_S40</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hi all,<p>I have now got 46000miles (18months) on my UK S40, and the lights are on all the time (DRL) <p>So far I have not had any go, until yesterday and today when one has stopped then started working again. So it needs sorting soonish<p>So question is are the standard bulbs longlife like these here??? H7 BTW<p><A HREF="http://www.powerbulbs.co.uk/product.asp?numRecordPosition=6&P_ID=200&strPageHistory=&strKeywords=&SearchFor=&PT_ID=77" TARGET="_blank">http://www.powerbulbs.co.uk/pr...ID=77</A><p>As i do alot of miles I am impressed how long they have lasted.<p>How long do normal ones last if they are on all the time???<p>Cheers<p><br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think they're H11, not H7 (at least they are in the US).<p>From the <A HREF="http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/2005/2005_S40/05s40_10b.htm#pg155" TARGET="_blank">owners manual</A>:<p><IMG SRC="http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/2005/2005_S40/IMAGES/pg143.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Bulbs used in the car<br>1. Low beam headlight 55W H11 <br>2. Bi-Xenon headlight (option) 35W D2S <br>3. High beam headlight 55W HB3 <br>4. Brake light, Rear fog light P21/W5 <br>5. Turn signal, front/rear (amber bulb) PY21W <br>6. Tail lights, Parking light, Side marker light P21/W5 <br>7. Footwell lighting, cargo compartment light W5W <br>8. Vanity mirror 1,2W <br>9. License plate<br>lighting, Parking light<br>in headlight housing<br>Side turn signal<br>(amber bulb) W5W <br>10. Front fog light (option) 55W H11 <p><br>
 

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headlights last a lot longer if you leave the switch to the off or DRL position, there slight .7 or so voltage drop means the head lights last 2x or more longer. High lights don't work in that position, you can still flash to pass, they just don't stay on. <p>Never tried long life bulbs, don't know how they are really made or is this one of them marketing things? Take a bulb cheapen it up, then come out with the original bulb and market it as a increased performance bulb. Don't laugh, it was not that long ago that regular fuel was 89 octane and 87. Then in the 90s they started to call 89 mid grade and introduced an un-named fuel at 87 I guess it was called cheap stuff. 15 years later we think "regular" is 87..... not.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Oldman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">headlights last a lot longer if you leave the switch to the off or DRL position, there slight .7 or so voltage drop means the head lights last 2x or more longer.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I'm told that Volvos no longer dim the lights slightly in DRL mode, they're always on full. This definitely used to be the case however.<p>Tom.
 

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Is that a MY 06 thing? <p>My V50 seems to adjust the headlight brightness automatically when in DRL position. In the dark (even in the garage) they are on full but when you back out from garage and sunlight hits a certain sensor, the headlights dim noticeably. I did not notice this at first but one night I started experimenting with the DRL setting and found this behavior.<p>I have one suggestion to the original question about long life bulbs: I bet there is some model code printed on the bulb base. Write that down and Google. There's a good chance that the code reveals the exact bulb type. If you can find the manufacturer, that makes it even easier.
 

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my dim you can see this during the day and if there is say a black pickup truck in front, you can't tell by looking at them, nor at night... the dash lights are light sensative.
 

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Cheers for the replies. <p>Havent had the time to get some new ones, but have a temp spare in there for the meantime. <p>I have experimented today with mine in bright light and there is no difference from dip to DRL on the switch. Mine is a 2005 model. <p>The std bulbs are longlife. Philips code 12972LL, checked on google thanks FinnSpeed. Will check out Volvo price against those from powerbulbs, as they are bright and last sooo long.
 

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like I posted above, the only way I can tell is during the day with the lights reflecting off say a black truck in front of me, I did it today just for grins.
 
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