Louis was very ambitious. He tried to establish his authority in the Dauphiné, but failed. He did manage to extend his territory eastwards, to Neuchâtel and Lausanne.
During his attempts to extend his territory, he would sometimes express loyalty towards the King of France, and at other times toward the German Emperor or the Duke of Burgundy.
In the end, nobody really trusted him. Louis also called himself Count of Geneva, claiming it was part of the inheritance he had received from his mother.
However, he was never able to realize this claim. The county of Geneva was held by Antipope Felix V. After Felix"s death, Louis fought a long battle against the Counts of Savoy for control of Geneva.
The struggle ended when the Emperor decided in favour of the House of Savoy.
Louis married twice:
Johanna (d 1445), the daughter of Count Henry II of Montbéliard an Marie of Châtillon. With her he had one son:
William VII (d 1475), his successor as Prince of Orange
Eléonore (1423–1456), a daughter of Count John IV of Armagnac and Blanche of Brittany. With her, he had two more sons:
Hugh de Chalon (-1490), Lord of Château-Guyon, who married Louise of Savoy, a daughter of Duke Amadeus IX of Savoy and Yolande of Valois.
Louis II died at his castle at Nozeroy on 3 December 1463.