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Did Tesla Finally Put Amber Rear Turn Signals?

M67v

#1 Model S fan
Sep 2, 2014
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Reading, PA
This may seem petty, but by simply making the turn signal amber, it could improve visibility a lot more. Also making the turn signal on the same circuit as the taillight is what I call "Bad Over-Engineering". "Bad Over-Engineering" is when someone over-engineers something but end up not making it any better than it would if they did it simple. Besides, every other Model S not sold in North America has ambers. Go figure. Furthermore, in a survey, most people prefer to have amber indicators in the rear according to a TMC post: Amber rear turn signals?
So did Tesla put amber rear turn signals on the Model X? It would make sense because of how much they advertise safety on the X. I already confirmed where the brakelight, taillight, and reverse light is, but amber turn signals can be possible.
taillight positions.jpg
 

PGeer

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Nov 10, 2014
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Port Townsend, Wa
One of the later movies in the Mule thread (can't find it this sec - somewhere in page 300 range) showed left turn signal. Brake lights were on (the horizontal lower slit) and the left one was blinking. It looked amber to me but hard to tell with lighting.
 

timf

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Apr 14, 2013
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As best as I've been able to tell, the lower light strip is a dual-color LED that acts as both a red brake light and amber turn signal. I haven't seen any indications that the "possible turn signal" section functions at all. It appears to be there for cosmetic reasons only.

It does seem rather odd to me that they use such a small area for the brake lights instead of using the full tail light as the brake light and the lower strip for just the turn signals. For safety reasons, I would want the brake lights to stand out as much as possible.
 

timf

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anticitizen13.7

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Dec 22, 2012
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In the US, and I'm pretty sure Canada, it's ok for the signals to be red. Since it saves the manufacturers a bulb by combining the brake and turn lights, that choice is frequently made.

For some reason, luxury cars in the US seem to have predominantly red turn signals. Mainstream cars like Honda typically have clear lenses with Amber bulbs. I prefer the latter for visibility and contrast reasons.
 

kf93

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Jun 16, 2015
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widodh

Model S 85 and 100D
Jan 23, 2011
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Venlo, NL
For some reason, luxury cars in the US seem to have predominantly red turn signals. Mainstream cars like Honda typically have clear lenses with Amber bulbs. I prefer the latter for visibility and contrast reasons.

As a European I really don't understand Red Turn signals. Sometimes I see a imported vehicle driving here with red ones. It's so difficult to see the difference. I really hope that Tesla goes global with Amber, so much better.
 

stopcrazypp

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Dec 8, 2007
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For some reason, luxury cars in the US seem to have predominantly red turn signals. Mainstream cars like Honda typically have clear lenses with Amber bulbs. I prefer the latter for visibility and contrast reasons.
Yes, I notice that too. Most luxury cars seem to have red turn signals.
 

wayner

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Oct 29, 2014
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Toronto
For some reason, luxury cars in the US seem to have predominantly red turn signals. Mainstream cars like Honda typically have clear lenses with Amber bulbs. I prefer the latter for visibility and contrast reasons.
Some folks prefer the aesthetics of fewer colours on the vehicle as they think a combination of red, amber and clear/white doesn't look so nice.
 

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