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Any way to force the floor lighting to stay on?


Supporting Member
Supporting Member
Aug 1, 2015
I was doing a bit of cleaning in my Model S yesterday, using a portable vacuum cleaner to clean up sand and salt from the driver's side floor. The car was in a garage with limited lighting. After a short time (a minute or two? not sure) the floor lighting shut off and I could no longer see what I was doing. I tried switching the overhead lights on and off, and the lamps on the doors, but neither affected the floor lamps. I ended up using a flashlight to see, rather a crude solution. The floor lighting seems to actuate when you open the door and then shut off after a fixed time. Oddly, it also comes on after you close the door. But I needed the door open to do the work.

Anyone know of a way to keep the floor lamps on? My previous cars simply had the lights on if the door was open.

Otherwise, I guess I will need to do this sort of task while the car is outdoors....


Supporting Member
Mar 17, 2015
Lafayette, CA, USA
Bottom line, no, there isn't currently a way to do this (have the footwell lights come on and stay on). At least not when I asked on this forum a couple weeks ago. :p


Still in love after all these miles
Jun 24, 2014
Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
Nope. There is no way. I have tried everything. It's like a dark cave when they go out. I actually replaced them with better LEDs, which really light things up. They are still timed, unfortunately. But all you have to do is open any door and they will come back on for a short time. When vacuuming, I typically just open and close the back door when in the front and vice versa when in the rear. Inconvenient. But it works pretty well. I don't know why, but the trunk lights, which I also replaced with better lights, stay on much longer.


Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
Toronto, ON
My last car had always-on footwell lighting about as bright as what the Tesla has, but they would brighten up (or a second set of lights came on - - not sure) when a door was opened. I would prefer something like this.

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