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Headlights on model S upgrade

Leigh47

New Member
Jul 7, 2015
3
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Bendigo Victoria
Hello, has anyone be able to upgrade the model S headlights, the light output is sub standard for a car of the class and cost, I have already hit on kangaroo and narrowly missed another because of the poor light output.
What I feel is needed is a 55w HID upgrade to the single lamps and some addition driving lights or light bar.
Trying to find a wiring diagram is like pulling teeth from Tesla.
any suggestion welcome.

Model S p85+ three months and very happy....except for the headlights.

regards Leigh.
 

Winston

Member
Nov 8, 2014
38
37
Western Australia
I think I remember reading that Tesla reduced the headlight output for Australia and some other markets. If I am remembering correctly, it was because regulations state that headlights over a certain threshold require a headlight washer system which Tesla doesn't have in the Model S, so instead of adding it, they just lowered the headlight brightness to something under the threshold. Once again, I'm not 100% sure on this, but I'm fairly sure this is the case.
I'll see if I can find the source for that and I'll add it if I find it.
Edit: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/40823-Xenon-headlights best I could find.
 
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Keiron

Member
Dec 9, 2014
229
17
Melbourne,australia
Yep agreed light output could be better.

Gudday Leigh47,

I too have had entanglements with roo's but the car saved by bum -before I hit it..... mind you its was real close..

My solution is I am fitting a light bar to just above the number plate to see how that performs optically and power efficiency as I am disturbing the slip stream over the bonnet. I have no idea if it will effect driving range which is a critical factor for me as I push the range envelope regularly. On that note, would you mind a fellow Model S boy sucking up some electrons when next doing my Bendigo run?
 

Astroboy747

Member
Aug 24, 2015
138
3
Earth
Thanks! I'm interested in the reply, as I'd be keen to fit it with good bulbs, Astroboy...

"Unfortunately we do not give any retrofit suggestions because we dont specialize in that. We know that lots of customers from Norway buy our kits and install in their Teslas with minimum modifications."

This was the reply that I recieved. I mean I am sure it is just as simple as replacing the bulbs and ballasts with American ones. I know Europe also has issues with headlight brightness so they are downgraded as well.

Would really like to hear from someone who has actually tried swapping them over with OEM parts.
 

ICUDoc

Active Member
May 19, 2015
1,717
1,131
Sydney NSW
"Unfortunately we do not give any retrofit suggestions because we dont specialize in that. We know that lots of customers from Norway buy our kits and install in their Teslas with minimum modifications."

This was the reply that I recieved. I mean I am sure it is just as simple as replacing the bulbs and ballasts with American ones.
Thanks, Astroboy747. I'll see what the lights are like when mine (EVENTUALLY, I ORDERED IN FRIKKING DECEMBER!) arrives. Sounds like a simple replacement...
Are the rear plate lights still ugly incans? The Abstract Ocean ones look worth the spend to upgrade the look of the car from behind...
 

Dborn

Confirmed
Aug 26, 2011
2,715
357
Sydney, Australia
The Abstract Ocean ones are indeed high quality and work fine. They have the added advantage of providing more light for the rear view camera and thus help rear visibility when it is really black back there.
 

paulp

Active Member
Jul 23, 2015
2,907
1,352
Adelaide, Australia
The Abstract Ocean ones are indeed high quality and work fine. They have the added advantage of providing more light for the rear view camera and thus help rear visibility when it is really black back there.
abstract ocean also use a postal service with a very good tracking system. It's what tesla should provide it's buyers.
 

Astroboy747

Member
Aug 24, 2015
138
3
Earth
Thanks, Astroboy747. I'll see what the lights are like when mine (EVENTUALLY, I ORDERED IN FRIKKING DECEMBER!) arrives. Sounds like a simple replacement...
Are the rear plate lights still ugly incans? The Abstract Ocean ones look worth the spend to upgrade the look of the car from behind...

I heard someone following me (dad) telling me the license plate lights looked good and you could see the plate quite clearly. The back end lights of the vehicle are very attractive in my opinion. Also there is only one reverse LED light on one side on the taillight unit.

YOU ORDERED IN DECEMBER??? We ordered our P85D in February 15' and it arrived a couple of weeks ago. And I ordered a 70D in July and its in transit. Expected in November. What is taking so long?
 

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