Designed to compete with the BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz C class, the Volvo S60 Mk1 was so successful, it stayed in production for some 9 years. The trademark Volvo safety and build quality characteristics, as well as the powerful engines used, saw the S60 used across many police departments, and it also been the car of choice in international racing. With the first generation Volvo S60 remaining in production 2000-2004, the lighting technology used in these cars is however over 15 years old today.
Factory-fitted options included H7/HB3 halogen and D1S/H7, D2R/H7 bi-xenon headlights, made by Bosch/AL.
The halogen version features an H7 reflector that produces an average light beam even when new. In many cases, its light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general ageing cause the reflective layer to peel off.
The bi-xenon setup features a 3.0-inch projector designed in the late 90s. This projector is known to lose its reflective layer right to the point where it becomes black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your Volvo S60 is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H7/HB3 halogen, D1S/H7 or D2R/H7 bi-xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average Volvo S60 xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your Volvo S60 will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.