1996-2015 Volvo VNM and 1996-2003 Volvo VNL Bi-Xenon (HID) Headlamps

I’ve been told that the HIDs will run really hot or they will fry the connectors, or melt the headlamp plastic. Is this true?

Absolutely not! The total power drawn by the HIDs, ballast included, is nominally 35W. That’s compared to the low beam filament in the 9007 bulb at 55W, and the high beam filament at 60W–there’s actually a lot less heat being generated.

There are a lot of junk HID kits out there–some of the ballasts have so little surface area that they do run hot, but you won’t see that with this kit. And a lot of the kits that try to get by with just putting an HID bulb into a halogen housing also get a very poor beam pattern, and consequently often go to higher power (very often you’ll see 55W ballasts) trying to compensate. It doesn’t work, and you end up blinding other drivers.

Am I able to keep these on all day?


I have a broken adjuster on my current headlight. Does that need to be fixed before installing the kit?

No. The lamp housing in the kit includes the adjuster mechanism. Whether you have a problem with your adjusters, or a cracked/leaking headlight housing, it gets replaced when you install the kit.

Do I need the LED daytime running light (DRL) option?

In the United States, daytime running lights are not required. On first-generation (1996-2003) trucks, the stock configuration runs the low beam headlights at approximately 9 volts, which is approximately 50% power. If you wish to retain daytime running lights, the amber LED assembly is added and a special wiring harness provide the logic for it to function properly: on when DRL supply is active, off when headlights are on, flashing with the turn signals, and a parking light function when the parking light circuit is energized. Again, it’s your choice whether to include it on your lights.

Model year 2004 and newer trucks utilize the turn signal lamps as daytime running lights; since they are unaffected by the upgrade the LED is not usually ordered.

How soon will my order ship?

Once in production, most orders go out the same or next business day. All orders ship via USPS Priority Mail, so you’ll have tracking information as soon as it is ready to go. Your order will generally arrive in 2-3 days in the lower 48, not including Sundays.

Can you ship to Canada?

Absolutely. Orders to Canada pay actual Priority Mail shipping cost. Like orders shipping in the US, you’ll have tracking information from the package’s delivery to the post office, through customs, and to you via Canada Post.

Can I purchase spare bulbs or other parts?

Yes. You’re on the road all over the place, wanting to have spare parts is certainly understandable. While you can get replacements at almost any auto parts store, they generally charge close to $100 per bulb! You can get a set here for half that, and know that if you ever have a failure you don’t have to wait or overpay for its replacement. However, keep in mind that the average life of the HID bulbs in this kit, available for $50/pair, is about 10 times the lifetime of a standard halogen bulb. Add a spare set of bulbs to your order here.

What exactly does the kit replace?

The kit replaces the entire headlamp assembly (including the adjuster mechanism), and the headlamp wiring harness. On trucks with the LED option, the wiring harness plugs into the 5-pin OE plug near the hood hinge, and includes all light functions for the new kit: power to the ballast, high beam solenoid, DRL, turn signal, parking/side marker light, and between the ballast and xenon bulb. Without the LED option, the only factory connector that is unplugged is the one going to the headlight bulb. You reuse the mounting screws that hold the headlamp onto the hood and the turn signal housing. You don’t cut anything, and if for any reason you weren’t happy, you can put it back to exactly the way it was.

What tools will I need for installation?

T15, T27 Torx sockets/drivers (for removing the OE lights), and an E7 external Torx for aiming. A small flat-head screwdriver can also be useful in unplugging the electrical connectors.

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