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Add LED Lighting to your Tesla Integrated Front Console for $6

Discussion in 'Model X: Interior & Exterior' started by arijaycomet, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. arijaycomet

    arijaycomet Member

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    My full write-up is on my personal blog... CLICK HERE.
    Product used: ONEVER Flexible LED Strip

    At the moment it is half-off ... so instead of $12 it is $6 for this particular LED strip. Really glad I did this as I was finding it hard at night time to see what was in my console.
     
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  2. mal_tsla

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    Nice write up. I stuck my led strip to the front face of the cross member just under the cover. It's the black part that goes across the opening at the very front.

    This way the lightning would be aimed towards the back. I left a few LEDs under the face like you did, too. I found doing it this way more evenly lights under the very front as well as the cupholder area. I noticed yours is very bright up front and much less so nearer the back, due to coiling the whole strip up front facing down.

    You probably prefer it that way, but just in case, I thought I would share :)
     
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  3. Reekdog

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    Sweet! Thanks for the tip!
     
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    Hmm yeah I figured I might play around with the exact placement a bit more. I wanted a strip this size that was dimmable but the only ones I found to dim had a remote, or some sort of rheostat that would be hard to reach/touch once installed. So I went with this fixed light situation. I've noted your placement, and may give that a try. (Not sure how easy to remove/restick the strip will be but I may find out haha)
     
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    I used 3M adhesive strips to mount it. The built-in adhesive wasn't strong enough to stick to the smooth plastic.

    It's removable adhesive strips available at the hardware store.
     
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    What are people's thoughts on the "warm white" vs. the "cool white?"

    I do have the upgraded interior lighting, and just looking at the image in the blog, I am thinking the cool white may be a better match for the lighting already present in the car.

    Thanks!
     
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    the lighting in the car is more warm than cool. I tried to match the color, no luck. I ended up adding some orange photography gels in front of the LEDs to get a closer look and then called it a day. If you find a good match, do share!
     
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    Oh wait, I just noticed the OP's LEDs are 2700-3200K. That *is* much warmer than the car's lighting. I started with a 5500K LED, it was too blue, tinted it whiter with orange gels. Result is still a little too blue, but no idea what temperature.

    If I had to guess at what's in the car, I'd say it is around 4500K.
     
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    Fantastic write-up! But. Exactly my question about the color. Which option to order from amazon, cool white or warm white...? Please update the blog entry with the info!! :)
     
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    RE: Warmth/Color of lights...

    #1 - We've had 6 Tesla vehicles total. In the vehicles that have a DARK (black) headliner, the overhead dome lights have always appeared to be a warmer, more orange hue. In the light headliner vehicles, the dome lights have always appeared to be more blue, cooler. This may just be in our heads, but my wife was actually ho noticed it first and I concur. As such, IMO, the dark headliners have warmer interior OE lighting from Tesla.

    #2 - WARM WHITE is the version that I got, based on the above info. It is definitely a more natural, warmer, more "orange" glow if you will. The color is more what we all think of when we think incandescent lighting, really. I was afraid that the "cool" white would be too blue, and since I have a dark headliner, I assumed the warm would match my warmer interior lights. Plus, I tend to personally prefer the warm over the cool spectrum of bulbs, but that is just my preference obviously.

    Hope this helps those who are asking!
     
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    Thanks for the info.

    I feel like my interior lights are cooler, so may try that version. I can always splurge for another six bucks and try the other if I'm not happy with the cool.

    Thanks again!
     
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    Awesome. Just ordered. I love a cheap DIY mod that massively helps a design defect.
     
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    For grins, I just put my colorimeter on the model X dome lights (overhead). Looks like it is about 4700K.

    I also measured the headlight "eye liner" - the white EL tape under the lights, because to my eye they looked more like "daylight white" -- 6500K. They measured about 6100K.

    So if anyone finds an LED strip with a 4500-5000K rating, do share, because I'd swap mine out in a heartbeat for a better match.
     

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    BRILLIANT!!! Nicely Done !!!
    Just with the car came with such a significant element.
     
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    Thanks for clarification there. Since I don't have PuP I have no ambient interior lights. But good to know there are none here even with premium!
     
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    I ordered both warm and cool, I'll check them our with my dark headliner and let you know which one is better.
     
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    Very cool idea. Does any of the light leak out through the center console when the cover is completely shut? Can you tell that the LEDs are illuminated with the cover completely shut when driving at night?
     
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    The way mine is setup and having the lights so far forward, you can't see it without the cover open. No light leaks out that I can see. No distraction whatsoever. Enjoy!
     
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    I wanted to order... but today when I checked Amazon is out.
    Will need to try different set ...
    Not really sure what's equivalent will have to read up on it.
     

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