TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Upgraded Welcome Lights.

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by mmh, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. mmh

    mmh Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2014
    Messages:
    122
    Location:
    SLC
    #1 mmh, Nov 8, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2014
    I'm currently working on enhancing most of the interior lighting in the car. I've already added better trunk lighting, and figured the next best set of lights to tackle would be the welcome lights (I don't know if they have an official name; the floor lights that come on when you open the doors.). The next step in this will be to replace the accent lighting in the doors.

    IMG_6231w.jpg

    IMG_6234w.jpg
     
  2. Billah

    Billah Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2014
    Messages:
    21
    Location:
    California
    What lights did you replace them with?
     
  3. Hybris

    Hybris Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    445
    Location:
    Sweden
    Ohhh... Porno lightning! ;-)
     
  4. benfrank3

    benfrank3 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2013
    Messages:
    96
    Location:
    Walled Lake, Michigan, United States
    I love it! I think this is needed, the car feels so dark at night. Are you going to post a how to for us do-it-yourself ers?
     
  5. mmh

    mmh Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2014
    Messages:
    122
    Location:
    SLC
    For the under the seat lights I went with Amazon.com: E-Goal Pink LED Strip light: Home Improvement those are what I'll also be putting in the doors. Right now I'm waiting for some plastic pry tools to be delivered so I can remove the door trim, I'm hoping to have sometime this week to work on it.
    For the trunk, I went with "Warm White": Amazon.com: E-Goal 3528 Warm White Waterproof LED Strip light With E-Goal Logo Ribbon: Home Improvement

    I'm trying to take pictures as I go. Once it's all done, I plan on updating this thread with details.

    I used the existing lighting connectors under the seat, and made my own plug on the light strips using these (Break-away 0.1 36-pin strip male header (10 pieces) ID: 392 - $4.95 : Adafruit Industries, Unique fun DIY electronics and kits) so I wouldn't have to cut into the cars wiring at all. I'm trying to keep everything reversible. Here's a picture of how I put the lights together. Half of those point from under the seat towards the backseats, the other half point towards the front area.

    IMG_6229w.jpg
     
  6. PlanB

    PlanB Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2014
    Messages:
    579
    Location:
    Oregon
    HA!
     
  7. Billah

    Billah Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2014
    Messages:
    21
    Location:
    California
    Thanks! Can you post pics of your trunk lighting too?
     
  8. 4SUPER9

    4SUPER9 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2013
    Messages:
    1,322
    Location:
    California
    These plug right into the foot well lights in just a few seconds. I put white panels in yesterday. These ones listed are in blue, I did not search around enough to find porno pink. :tongue:
     
  9. benfrank3

    benfrank3 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2013
    Messages:
    96
    Location:
    Walled Lake, Michigan, United States
    I like the idea of a plug and play option. Where exactly do these plug in? And where did you mount them? I'm pretty handy, if you could give me some direction I would appreciate it.

    - - - Updated - - -

    The door panels are super easy to remove. You won't need any pry bars. Remove the screw from inside the hand grab under the rubber, and the screw behind the door opening door handle on the inside.
    i installed some nice logo puddle lights in no time.
     
  10. TurboFroggy

    TurboFroggy Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2012
    Messages:
    287
    Location:
    Everett, WA
    brown.jpg
     
  11. 4SUPER9

    4SUPER9 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2013
    Messages:
    1,322
    Location:
    California
    See this thread here. Basically, just pop out the lights in the footwells using a flat-head screwdriver, unplug them (it's a simple squeeze and pull lock) then the pins that come on the new LEDs just plug right in.

    Now, can anyone tell me how/where to tap into either the dome or ambient lights? I would like to run some LED's to the center console, and be able to control them through the touch screen.
     
  12. benfrank3

    benfrank3 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2013
    Messages:
    96
    Location:
    Walled Lake, Michigan, United States
    Can these foot well lights be made to stay on while driving? That would be my goal, the cabin is so dark.
     
  13. 4SUPER9

    4SUPER9 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2013
    Messages:
    1,322
    Location:
    California
    That's my point. If we can find a way to tap into the ambient lights, then we can do this.
     
  14. benfrank3

    benfrank3 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2013
    Messages:
    96
    Location:
    Walled Lake, Michigan, United States
    Far as I can tell, they're in the doors. Finding the line in the wiring harness won't be easy.
     
  15. invisik

    invisik Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Yes, I've added a light under the cubby that is connected to the ambient light circuit. I ended up taking the passenger door panel off and tapping into the wires going to the light in the arm rest. Then feed the wire back into the car and over to the cubby area. The only part I didn't like about my installation was I couldn't find a easy way to get the wire to go through the existing wire bundle, it's packed so tightly. I have it just going across between the door and the car towards the top. I wrapped some electrical tape around it to make it dark so it's not very visible.

    Love the light in the middle though!

    -m
     
  16. 4SUPER9

    4SUPER9 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2013
    Messages:
    1,322
    Location:
    California
    Please, please elaborate!!!! Steps? Which wires????
     
  17. benfrank3

    benfrank3 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2013
    Messages:
    96
    Location:
    Walled Lake, Michigan, United States
    Yes that's one place to find it for sure. Like you said the problem with that method is hiding the wire and fishing it back into the cabin. It would be real good if one could find the ambient light in the center armrest? Maybe behind the usb light?
     
  18. invisik

    invisik Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Where is an ambient light in the center arm rest area? That would be way easier then the door panel.
     
  19. benfrank3

    benfrank3 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2013
    Messages:
    96
    Location:
    Walled Lake, Michigan, United States
    I'm out of town right now but think the USB ports are illuminated with an ambient backlight?
     
  20. 4SUPER9

    4SUPER9 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2013
    Messages:
    1,322
    Location:
    California
    Yes, they are backlit, though live all the time and not controlled by the "Ambient" light switch on the touch screen.
     

Share This Page