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Tesla Model S Side Marker Bulb Replacement

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  1. B.TSLA

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    #1 B.TSLA, Mar 26, 2014
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  2. pgiralt

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    Thanks to Al and Ed's for the video! I know many have been asking how to change those bulbs.
     
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    What a simple alteration to make your Model S unique looking. I might want to do it just to switch to an LED instead of a halogen bulb.
     
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    I've wanted to do this for a while - kill off the last non-LED bulb (that I know of).

    David
     
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    I love it. Anyone have a link to an LED bulb that will work here?
     
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    These appear to be T3 wedge bulbs. Lots of choices for LEDs and colors.
     
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    I believe he said T10 in the video.
     
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    PaulusdB Mayor Gnomus Vintage Limb

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    Are you sure? BLUE led's?
     
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    Maybe his car is blue
     
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    Goes with the car..... Hey its hip in So California!!

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    #13 PaulusdB, Mar 28, 2014
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    That being the case, I'll have to comply.
    Unluckely it's illegal by Dutch regulations. But hey, so are the blacked out taillights and blinkers on my '86 Benz...
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    Video appreciated. Guy should have taken his ring off though IMO
     
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    #15 araxara, Mar 31, 2014
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    I got the above LED bulbs and installed them (ordered on a Thursday evening and got them the next Monday). They are the same length as the originals, so they fit corrected. The bulbs produce the same color amber light as the front LED turn signals.

    The passenger side is easier to install, since you can fully remove the wiring harness from the fender. I would suggest doing that side first. Also keep in mind which way the harness unscrewed so you can replace it the same way. Otherwise, you will be spending a long time (like me) trying to figure out how to insert it. You should keep your key handy and lock/unlock the car so you can see the bulb flashing to make sure you have inserted it with the correct polarity. Or you can leave the emergency blinkers going, but you will have to deal with removing a hot incandescent bulb. Here a few installation pictures:

    The bulb packaging:
    LED Package - Front.JPG LED Package - Rear.JPG

    The Two Plastic Clips That Need to be Removed (sorry for the blurry pics):
    Plastic Clip 1.jpg Plastic Clip 2.JPG

    The Installed LED Bulb:
    LED Side Marker Installed.jpg

    Short Movie Clip Showing the Blinking Bulb:
     
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    araxara S-P85#3,218 X-90D#3,299

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    If you are going to go with some product from Amazon, I would look at a high out LED. This one looks good and it's 3W and "360º" of light. It costs more, but it has a higher intensity output which you will need in the daytime: Amazon.com: Amber 3W High Power 360-Degree Shine 158 192 W5WB 921 T10 LED Bulbs For Car License Plate, Parking, Interior and Door Lights: Automotive. Also, notice that it has a metal heat sink and the soldering is not exposed - I've had LEDs fail in cars due to vibrations and had to re-solder the LEDs.
     
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    Well, being the cheap...er... "value-minded" guy I am, not to mention my preference for a Prime item... I went ahead and bought the Amico units from Amazon that I linked above.

    They are also 360 degree coverage units, and have reviews saying they worked well and were already brighter than the incandescents they replaced... so for less than $4 each, I'll give em a shot.

    I'll let the folks here know how they work out...
     
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    Here they are in Blue!

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    Car is dirty.... wash tomorrow.:redface:
     
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    Pretty sure that's not road legal in California.
     

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