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      2018 V90 - Low beams seem dim?

      It may be all in my head, but does anyone think the low beams in their S90/V90 are dim? High beams are great, but I keep looking at other cars around me at night, and my car's headlights aren't nearly as bright.

      Any other folks think this, or is it just me?
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      I just started a lease of a 2019 Mercedes CLS and find the headlights of my V90 OR better in low beam and much better in high beam. The low beam LED has that unpleasant sharp cut-off on both cars which I find dangerous, especially when transitioning from going downhill to uphill--there's no illumination above the cut-off. But the V90's cut-off is softer, allowing you to see slightly farther into the distance.

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      Quote Originally Posted by PJPHughes View Post
      It may be all in my head, but does anyone think the low beams in their S90/V90 are dim? High beams are great, but I keep looking at other cars around me at night, and my car's headlights aren't nearly as bright.

      Any other folks think this, or is it just me?
      We have a 2018 V90, I think the low beams are adequate, and the high beams a bit better. My previous daily driver was a 2007 Toyota Avalon Touring which came with self leveling Xenon HID headlamps. That equipment in my opinion puts out more light where I want it then what the Volvo produces. Not a big issue for me, just a comparison. Do love those Active Beams though!

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      If I compare it to the M5 with matrix led than you are right they are a bit dimmer and technology wise-behind(comparing the active European once) But other than that I thought they worked great.


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      I thought the same thing about my 2018 V90CC. Is it possible they aren’t aimed correctly? Most cars have a headlight adjustment screw. I haven’t checked. Has anyone else found this to be an issue? Thanks.

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      Quote Originally Posted by PJPHughes View Post
      It may be all in my head, but does anyone think the low beams in their S90/V90 are dim? High beams are great, but I keep looking at other cars around me at night, and my car's headlights aren't nearly as bright.

      Any other folks think this, or is it just me?

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      I fully agree with original post. My 2018 S90 with their best headlight package does seem weak on low beams. I am pleased, however, with the high beams. IIHS also agrees with us that the Volvo S90 low beams are "Marginal" at best on the inscription model. Interesting that in their testing the entry level low beam headlights on the Momentum model are higher rated as "Acceptable" compared to the Inscription. I've debated what I can do about it but haven't had time to research it yet. I'm hoping that Daniel Stern lighting has an easy solution for me!

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      Dont have any issues with my s90 inscr and low beam its deff 2x better than s60 2017 inscr.
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      Hi beams are good, low beams, especially when its raining, are mediocre at best.

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      The headlights are not as good as what I remember from my Volvo 240 sedans or 940 wagon, but are still much more than adequate. The low beam headlights on my 19 Suburban and 17 Fusion are awful.
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      Former Volvo’s: 2018 V60 Dynamic, 2008 S80 3.2 (first one with adaptive cruise in US), 2006 XC90 V8, 2004 V70ASR, 2003 V70ASR (OSD and replaced by 04 due to tranny problem with valve body), 03 S80 T6 (OSD), 99 V70, 98 V70 (twins to match our new born twins), 96 850GTA, 93 940 Wagon (Cloth, no sunoof), 92 240 and 90 240 DL.

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      Quote Originally Posted by PJPHughes View Post
      does anyone think the low beams in their S90/V90 are dim?
      YES!! Previously had Audi with Xenons. 2018 V90 not even close to the illumination those offered.
      2018 V90 T6 Inscription

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      I wonder how many of you who find the low beams lacking previously owned cars with the sharp vertical cutoff that is typical of LED's...and is that the issue? As I've noted before, that cutoff is relatively soft compared to my 2019 and a previous 2017 Mercedes. In both those, there is virtually zero illumination above the cutoff line. A friend bought a 2018 Chrysler 300 and was so unhappy (scared might also apply) with that characteristic that she turned in the car after 6 months and bought a used Toyota with halogens.

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      previously had BMW Xenons and now with V90CC.. although different, I think the low beams are fine and the high beams are great! the active high beam crontrol is just amazing!! IMO
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      The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also known as IIHS ratings for Headlights is actually very objective and very well done from a scientific standpoint. It doesn't seem to be prone to all the inaccuracy that plagues our Government's attempt to rate fuel efficency via the EPA. On the 2017-2019 S90 the "Marginal" and "Acceptable" headlight ratings I referenced above are the only factor that keeps the S90 from getting their highest possible rating which is referred to as "Top Safety Pick +". As mentioned above I'm hoping to research it soon to determine whether there is a better choice of LED bulb that would get better illumination from the low beam reflector housings.

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      Quote Originally Posted by VLD1 View Post
      I wonder how many of you who find the low beams lacking previously owned cars with the sharp vertical cutoff that is typical of LED's...and is that the issue? As I've noted before, that cutoff is relatively soft compared to my 2019 and a previous 2017 Mercedes. In both those, there is virtually zero illumination above the cutoff line. A friend bought a 2018 Chrysler 300 and was so unhappy (scared might also apply) with that characteristic that she turned in the car after 6 months and bought a used Toyota with halogens.
      I do not sense the LED cut off that you refer to on my Volvo. However, county Explorer that I use, which is equipped with projector beams, has a very sharp cutoff and is very annoying.
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      Former Volvo’s: 2018 V60 Dynamic, 2008 S80 3.2 (first one with adaptive cruise in US), 2006 XC90 V8, 2004 V70ASR, 2003 V70ASR (OSD and replaced by 04 due to tranny problem with valve body), 03 S80 T6 (OSD), 99 V70, 98 V70 (twins to match our new born twins), 96 850GTA, 93 940 Wagon (Cloth, no sunoof), 92 240 and 90 240 DL.

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