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Upgraded Interior lighting M3... Toughts?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by djgabriel2004, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. djgabriel2004

    djgabriel2004 Member

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    I did some upgrades in my Model 3 Ambient Lights. They are controlled from the Main Screen.

    Ambient light Upgrade M3

    What do you think?
     
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  2. Big City

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    I think you should post those pictures in this forum.
     
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  3. djgabriel2004

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    yes you're right

    Here some pictures attached.



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  4. Eth3r

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    How do you control it from the screen?
     
  5. Lifeinabox

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    So more details, please...
     
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    Nice! Tap into existing power source at feet? What LED strip did you use? Multiple colors?
     
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    I’ll be posting installation pics and the materials I Used for this mod maybe tonight or tomorrow. I’m at work
     
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    Hi All,
    Here is a little DIY for the Ambient Lights.

    Estimated Cost $150, Estimated Labor time ~3hs

    IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT: don't do that if you don't have basic electric knowledge or if you don't feel confident with that mod. Also Tesla Might void your car warranty if you do it.. soooo do it on your own risk.


    At the beginning I tried with EL wire but The model 3 Doesn't have any place to put it and I didn't like how it looks during the day so I found this kind of optic fiber with a Laser light that fits perfectly in the M3 A/C Vents.

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    There's a Small Gap at the end of the Air vent where you can pass the fiber thru and it will hold it. don't pull to hard because the Fiber can break.

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    you need to remove the Plastic triangle, pass the fiber thru the holes and grab it in the foot well (Remove the plastic where the foot well light is (1 screw and 2 little plastic things that you need to pull out)

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    Since Tesla has the Self healing fuses where it will cut the power if it detects more power draw than what it is expecting I had to find another Ambient light where I can attach it. so the next one is the Ambient light that is in the door right where the cup holder is.

    - You need to remove the door panel (there's a 3rd Screw under the Plastic red light) check the here the video.

    it will look something like this.
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    The best way to pass the wire thru the rubber booth is from the door to the car so you might need to remove the speaker. there's some youtube videos with good ideas... I used a Bike brake wire plus a zip tie.

    The wire needs to be attached to the light bulb wire, RED-RED and BLACK-BLACK also follow the original harness, put tape every 5 inches or so to avoid any lose Vibration remember (vibration=noise)


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    You can see how I ran the wires in this video

    There's space where you can put the Laser and the voltage to USB converter under this plastic


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    Hope you liked that mod. Let me know if you have any questions.


    Materials needed

    -2.5M Optic Fiber plus Illuminator (Link)
    -12v To USB Converter (Link)
    -24 AWG wire (Link)
    -Low Voltage connector (Link)
     
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  10. djgabriel2004

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    #10 djgabriel2004, Feb 11, 2019
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    A Day time video.




    Night time

     
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    I like it, but I am not willing to try that.
     
  13. DdotRoq

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    Beautiful upgrade. Your photo with a bunch of tools gave me anxiety, so while I believe it is beautiful, I don't have the courage to try this myself.
     
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  14. Trips

    Trips "Boring bonehead questions are not cool. Next?"

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    Love it. What did you do with the footwell lights? I saw something similar with the door and this seems a lot cooler.
     
  15. Lifeinabox

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    Same.
     
  16. djgabriel2004

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    Footwell lights are from Abstract ocean.

    I was playing with the doors too and it look like this but I didn't install it yet bc I always test it a few Nights (and days) before to see if really like it.


    Door panel test.jpg
     
  17. DdotRoq

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    What floor mats are you using?
     
  18. djgabriel2004

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    look them in ebay: HEXOMAT - All-Weather Heavy Duty Floor Mats
     

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