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LED Headlight RetroFit on Older Cars

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Mike K, Aug 10, 2016.

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  1. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Well-Known Member

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    New isn't always better. The Model S LED lights suck hard, apparently, and Tesla has done nothing to remedy this design flaw. A lot of things about Model S need to "get with the times".
     
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    Thanks, FS911, I thought i had no real options for the LEDs in my car and i was right! I await a good bolt-on replacement solution....
     
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    FlatSix911 Porsche 918 Hybrid

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    FlatSix911 Porsche 918 Hybrid

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    I agree completely... the LED headlights are very poorly rated.

    Why would you want to downgrade to LED headlights (2018-2019) from the original Tesla Model S with HID lights(2012-2017)?
     
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    If you do facelift upgrade and you want headlights match you need that
     
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  9. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 Porsche 918 Hybrid

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    Nonsense, you can retain the better HID headlights with a facelift bumper upgrade... :cool:
     
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    Are all functions enabled by this emulator, e.g. on/off depending on the settings in the car? Cornering lights when turning the steering wheel? Leveling according to load in the back avoiding blinding others?

    Appreciate the input since I already bought a set of led headlights to retrofit, but not sure which path to take on the installation/integration...
     
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    Yes, everything will work.
    But all emulators sold out
     
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    If a-t-il all possible, could you reference to where I could purchase such a kit and detail somehow what should I expect from the <overdrive > qualifier. I’ve got a HID that intermittent on our November 2013 model s and am puzzled as to what to buy. So far I’m tempted by these:


    Philips D3S Standard Authentic Xenon HID Headlight Bulb, 1 Pack
    Philips D3S Standard Authentic Xenon HID Headlight Bulb, 1 Pack
    Or

    RCP D3S 6000K Xenon HID Replacement Bulb Diamond White Metal Stents Base 12V Car Headlight Lamps Head Lights 35W, 1 Pair https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01KSTL06U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_n7u6DbNG500GH
     
  13. FlatSix911

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    The referenced links are just the bulbs... you will need a kit with the ballast, ignitor and bulbs. Hope this helps :cool:

    https://www.amazon.com/OPT7-Bolt-55w-9005-HID/dp/B00UIU6K3S/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=tesla+9005+hid+kit&qid=1576435478&sr=8-5

    https://www.amazon.com/DDM-Tuning-Premium-Ballasts-Hi-Output/dp/B06XHX41LT/ref=sr_1_26?keywords=9005+hid+kit+ballast&qid=1576435761&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011&rnid=2470954011&rps=1&sr=8-26
     
  14. Sumon

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    My DRL's lit up as in the attached pic when I open the car. 20180425_201654 - kopie_LI.jpg When I start driving the (more or less) horizontal parts of the DRL's dim to 50%.
    I do not like that. Anyone knows of a mod to keep all DRL's at 100% at all times ?
     
  15. Nick70d

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    Drl light I believe its software control in both older and new model S, btw if the led use 100% power it will generate heat, too hot it will kill the led , thats what happened to some newer model S with led headlight.
     
  16. Sumon

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    Yeah, that happened to my car too. I've replaced both headlamps last year ... $$$$$
    Funny thing is, it's always the 50% burning leds that malfunction (after a few months or years).
    So, I think the problem originates in the soft- or hardware that switches the leds from 100% to 50%.
     

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