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Newer models have an LED plug on passenger side rear (Vin 40k+)

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by pointbob, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. pointbob

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    I did not opt for premium lighting and was very disappointed with the feeble lighting of rear trunk.
    After some fishing around, I found the LED power connector on the passenger side (same plug as the LED in glove box, and frunk) that was taped to a wire bundle but partially dangling. cutting the white securing tape gave another 3-4 inches of play. Checked on a multimeter and it activates only when trunk open! Yippie!
    Was able to thread a wire through the back of the trunk between the liner and body with fish tape to the other side and now have 'ultra premium' lighting in rear!
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  2. iadbound

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    Good find. What did you end up attaching to it? Pics?
     
  3. tliving

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    Premium lighting (I have it) does nothing for the trunk or frunk so its still pathetic. It was a lot of money ($1K) but I still like it anyway.
     
  4. FrederikC

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    I have used the extract same plug (in the left side) for my LED strips.
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  5. Majerus

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    It would be interesting if the plug was there for the under door panel lighting as well..

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  6. iadbound

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    Very nice.
     
  7. FrederikC

    FrederikC Teslafied.eu

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    there is cabling for it In the Doors, will put a meter on it when I get time.
     
  8. Majerus

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    Did you happen to put a meter on it?
     
  9. FrederikC

    FrederikC Teslafied.eu

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    Yes, and there is NO power on it. :crying:
     
  10. Majerus

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    Well that is unfortunate, is the premium lighting enabled with a button on screen or is it always on?
     
  11. chickensevil

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    Note that the lighting in the doors are NOT always on. I don't have it in my car to tell you when it does and doesn't work. So to FrederikC I suggest you recheck again under different situations.
     
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    There is an on-screen button to enable it and the light level is controlled by the screen dimming level. If you dim the screen, it dims the ambient lights too.
     
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    My VIN# is 50K+ so I hope to find same wires in rear trunk to add LED strips under the parcel shelf rests.

    Q: are there 2 plugs available, one on each side of the car?

    Where do I go in the car to find the plug, is full panel removal necessary, any write up with hints for what snaps and fasteners come into play to do panel R&R is hugely appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    FrederikC, can you tell us more about your LED installation? What LEDs did you use, did you make a harness, etc.? Thanks a lot.
     
  15. ENZA

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    great info!! how did you know it's VIN 40K+?
     
  16. stev

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    On the driver's side I found the connector at the charging port. Other side just beneath the carpet - you can pry it open to get it. The connectors are taped to other wires.
     
  17. Barry

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    It may be a simple matter of adding am absent fuse.
     
  18. Brass Guy

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    Door "ambient lights" are only on when it is enabled on the screen and the headlights are on. Dome or parking lights do not turn mine on.
     
  19. chickensevil

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    Maybe ask Tesla of they could enable that on the software? Because what you should be paying for from the factory is the labor and hardware right? Might be able to talk them into it!
     
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    I was ready to order the ambient lighting and then they combined it with the interior upgrade... Didn't want to spend on the whole thing so I ended up without it on my order (delivery in December).
     

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