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Force footwell lights on?


Moderator, Model S/X, California Forums
Mar 17, 2015
Lafayette, CA, USA
I'm pretty sure what the answer is but...

Is there any way, with the car in motion, to force the footwell lights to come on?

The vehicle in question is a Model S 85D, April 2015 build, tech package with autopilot (and various other options that are probably not relevant) but no premium lighting. The use case for this is that we're on the road and a passenger drops something to the floor, and needs to use the footwell lights to find it.

"Dome" on the center console GUI doesn't do it. And because the car doesn't have premium lighting, there's no "Ambient", which I'm not sure would turn on the footwell lights anyway. Opening a door turns on the footwell lights, but is obviously not safe to do when the car is in motion.

Thanks for any insights!


Still in love after all these miles
Jun 24, 2014
Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
Only way that I have figured is to open a door. I have to do that repeatedly when vacuuming the carpets in my garage because it is a black hole without the floor lights on. The domes stay on all the time with the door open. But the floor is timed for some reason.

Probably not the best idea while driving...


As rhythm raced inside, the ship came alive
Nov 24, 2014
Sunnyvale, CA
Even with premium lighting, the Ambient switch does not turn the lights on if you toggle it. Opening the door is the only way I know of to turn on the footwell lights.

I keep a small mag-lite flashlight in the glove box for these occasions, and general emergencies.


Oct 10, 2014
United States
This is another area where Tesla could really improve on. The new S class and 7 series have crazy interior ambient lighting while the car is in motion.


Moderator, Model S/X, California Forums
Mar 17, 2015
Lafayette, CA, USA
Thanks all for the confirmation that I'm not missing anything obvious. I'll probably do the mag-lite flashlight route.


Journeyman Member
Dec 12, 2014
Chicago, IL

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