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#4634706 - 01/14/18 01:54 PM H11 for my Volvo V70
Kira Offline

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5204
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
My low beams are H11.

My question is, what lamp is longest lasting?
I know any "super bulb" will have a shorter life so I just want good (darn good?) quality.
Osram makes good stuff.
Which basic GE?
Is going to Volvo for bulbs a smart thing to do?

By the same token, are there any garbage brands to avoid?
I've always heard Sylvania bulbs are second rate but I do not know.

I changed a H11 3 weeks ago. Finally, the other one blew.
After changing the second one I noticed the first one blew.....a 3 week old bulb!
These were Flossers from a European parts source.

It's a pain to change these lamps so I want good ones this time.

Thanks for your opinions and experiences.

#4634713 - 01/14/18 02:02 PM Re: H11 for my Volvo V70 [Re: Kira]
dlundblad Offline

Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 9999
Loc: Indiana
I read a while back that the Phillips Extreme Visions are pretty nice. No experience with them.

I would avoid the Silverstar zXe's. She only gets about one year out of them and they are somewhat expensive. That said, they do make some nice light and I bought some for $15 a pair on clearance at Walmart. When that stash is gone, we will probably try the Phillips.

Edited by dlundblad (01/14/18 02:02 PM)
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#4634739 - 01/14/18 02:24 PM Re: H11 for my Volvo V70 [Re: Kira]
VeryNoisyPoet Offline

Registered: 12/16/17
Posts: 290
Loc: Massachusetts
Phillips makes good products. However, something is wrong if a bulb failed in a matter of weeks.

Wear rubber gloves when changing bulbs. I wipe them with isopropyl alcohol and a lint free cloth after attaching the connector and immediately install in housings to keep any oil or dirt off them.

You may have also gotten a defective unit that failed early.

Edited by VeryNoisyPoet (01/14/18 02:26 PM)
1998 V70 GLT / 187k miles

"Use yah blinkah!"

"Be nice. The alternative involves an air horn and 7000 lumens of high beam."

#4634818 - 01/14/18 03:54 PM Re: H11 for my Volvo V70 [Re: Kira]
TTK Offline

Registered: 10/23/07
Posts: 565
Loc: TN
I suspect if you had gone to the dealer they would have covered the one that failed in such a short time. They will cost you ~ 20USD each at the dealer. They will install them for that price. Might be a smart thing to do.
2010 Volvo V70-3.2
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#4634879 - 01/14/18 04:58 PM Re: H11 for my Volvo V70 [Re: Kira]
chrly919 Offline

Registered: 01/11/13
Posts: 70
Loc: Tennessee
Phillips Extreme Visions is what I just put in my wife’s Jeep and Corvette. The ones I put in the Corvette were high and low beam and have been in service about 1 1/2 years. The C5 Corvette came with [censored] headlights. These bulbs made a big difference.

Edited by chrly919 (01/14/18 05:03 PM)
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#4634927 - 01/14/18 05:44 PM Re: H11 for my Volvo V70 [Re: chrly919]
Kira Offline

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5204
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Are they brighter? ...or some "high vis" color?

#4635085 - 01/14/18 07:59 PM Re: H11 for my Volvo V70 [Re: Kira]
BrocLuno Offline

Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5506
Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
When installing any high output light, make sure it is CLEAN and dry. No finger prints, no sealant or grease on the glass - nada. Any contamination will lead to early death ...

After they are cleaned, when you handle them, use a clean dry paper towel. No rubber gloves, no bare fingers, just clean paper. Always extends the life of all bulbs that run hot. Learned this the hard way ...

Edited by BrocLuno (01/14/18 08:02 PM)
Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.

#4635655 - 01/15/18 11:26 AM Re: H11 for my Volvo V70 [Re: Kira]
SubLGT Offline

Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 2646
Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: Kira
My low beams are H11.

My question is, what lamp is longest lasting?

Look for long life versions from Osram, Philps, etc. But you may not like the reduced illumination they provide, compared to the brighter but shorter-life bulbs like the Philips X-Treme Vision or the GE Nighthawk Xenon.

Edited by SubLGT (01/15/18 11:29 AM)

#4636001 - 01/15/18 05:48 PM Re: H11 for my Volvo V70 [Re: SubLGT]
Kira Offline

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5204
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Interesting thing:
I NEEDED headlights so I picked up a 2 pack of "Sylvania Xtravision bulbs at the nearest AutoZone.
They're made by Osram

--->The bad Flosser bulb was internally flawed. Its filament was intact. The pins were not connected in any way my ohm meter could detect.

--->IPD made good on the bad bulb by issuing a credit.
The rep reminded me to let them know if the other one fails early so they can keep an eye on their supplier.
He also said that there is no pattern of premature failure with the Flosser bulbs they sell.
I bought so many Flosser H7's through the years which served me well I will buy either again with my next parts order.

Thanks for the thread link. I did go back to look for bulb threads but missed that one.