How to Turn on the Lights on a Tesla Model S?

How to Turn on the Lights on a Tesla Model S? – The presence of lights in a car is very important. The driver may not give a signal when he wants to reverse the car or turn right or left. Lights are even more important at night. Is it possible to walk at night without using the lights on your car? It’s possible, but yes accidents will wait a while later. The importance of the role of the lights in a car gives us a sign that we need to know how to turn it on. There are not many lights on the old cars, but new cars now have a lot of additional lights and markings on the instrument panel that we must understand.

How to Turn on the Lights on a Tesla Model S?

In this article, I will discuss the lights on the Tesla Model S and of course how to turn them on. Those who already know, maybe you can comment below to improve this article. And for those who don’t know it and especially want to have a Tesla Model S, hopefully, it will be useful. Let’s learn more about the lights on the Tesla Model S.

Controlling Lights

Touch Controls on the bottom corner of the touchscreen to control most of the lights.

In addition to the lights that you can control from the touchscreen, Model S has convenience lights that turn on and off automatically based on what you are doing. For example, you will notice interior lights, marker lights, tail lights, door handle lights, and puddle lights that turn on when you unlock Model S, when you open a door, and when you shift into Park. They turn off automatically after a minute or two or when you shift into a driving gear or lock Model S.

Note: Depending on options chosen at the time of purchase, some vehicles are not equipped with fog lights.

Lights on a Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S lights.

1. If you turn on DOME lights, all interior dome (map) lights turn on when you unlock Model S, open a door upon exiting, or shift into P (Park). They turn off after 60 seconds, when you lock Model S, or when you shift into a driving gear. If set to AUTO, dome lights turn on only when little or no light is detected.

You can also manually turn individual dome light on or off by pressing its lens. If you manually turn dome light on, it turns off when Model S powers off. If Model S was already powered off when you manually turned the light on, it turns off after 60 minutes.

Lights on a Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S DOME lights.

2. If you turn on AMBIENT lights, the lights on the door armrests turn on whenever the headlights are on.

3. If you turn on AUTO HIGH BEAM, high beam headlights turn on and off automatically based on whether or not light is detected in front of Model S. This feature is available only if Model S is equipped with the optional Autopilot Tech Package.

4. Touch to turn fog lights (if equipped) on or off. Fog lights operate only when low beam headlights are on. Fog lights do not operate when headlights are turned off or when high beam headlights are on.

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

The Front Fog indicator displays on the instrument panel whenever front fog lights are on.

 

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

The Rear Fog indicator displays on the instrument panel whenever rear fog lights are on.

 

Note:

  1. Depending on the market region and vehicle options, your vehicle may not be equipped with front and/or rear fog lights.
  2. In some regions, there is no control for the front fog lights. They operate in conjunction with the headlights and turn on only in situations where low beam headlights are on.

5. If Model S is equipped with a coil suspension system, you can adjust the angle of the headlights to accommodate the load you are carrying. You may need to lower the angle of the headlights to avoid blinding oncoming drivers in situations when you are carrying a significant amount of weight in the rear trunk. After touching LEVEL, drag the slider to the desired position:

0 Headlights are not lowered. No change is needed when all front and rear seats are occupied and only the front trunk is laden.
1 Headlights are lowered one level. Suitable when the front and rear seats are occupied and the rear trunk is laden.
2 Headlights are lowered two levels. Suitable when carrying heavy loads.

Note: Headlight adjustments are not available if Model S is equipped with Smart Air Suspension because Model S levels automatically.

6. Exterior lights (headlights, tail lights, side marker lights, parking lights, and license plate lights) are set to AUTO each time you start Model S.

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

Exterior lights automatically turn on when driving in low lighting conditions. If you change to a different setting, lights always revert to this AUTO setting on your next drive.

Touch one of these options to temporarily change the exterior light setting:

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

Exterior lights turn off until you manually turn them back on or until the next time you drive Model S. If daytime running lights are required in your region, the exterior lights used for this purpose do not turn off.

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

Only the side marker lights, parking lights, tail lights and license plate lights turn on.

 

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

Exterior lights turn on.

 

Note: Model S has a series of lights along the lower rim of the headlights, also referred to as “signature” lights. These lights automatically turn on whenever Model S is powered on and a driving gear is engaged.

Warning: Always ensure that your headlamps are switched to AUTO or ON, as appropriate, during all low visibility conditions. Failure to do so may result in a collision.

High Beam Headlights

Push the left-hand steering column lever away from you. To cancel, pull the lever toward you.

Lights on a Tesla Model S

If Model S is equipped with Driver Assistance components, and you have purchased the optional Autopilot Tech Package, the high beam headlights can automatically switch to low beam when there is light detected in front of Model S (for example, from an oncoming vehicle or street lights). To turn this feature on, touch Controls > Auto High Beam.

Note: Your chosen setting is retained until you manually change it. It can also be saved in your driver profile.

In situations where high beams are turned off because Auto High Beam is turned on and light is detected in front of Model S, you can temporarily turn on high beams by pulling the lever all the way toward you.

The following indicator light is lights are visible on the instrument panel when high beams are turned on:

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

High beams are turned on.

 

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

High beams are turned on and the Auto High Beam setting is turned off.

 

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

High beams are currently turned on, and Auto High Beam is ready to turn off the high beams if light is detected in front of Model S

 

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

High beams are temporarily turned off because Auto High Beam is on and is detecting light in front of Model S. When light is no longer detected, the high beams will automatically turn back on.

To flash the headlight high beams, pull the lever fully toward you and release.

Warning: Auto High Beam is an aid only and is subject to limitations. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure that the headlights are always adjusted as appropriate for the weather conditions and driving circumstances.

Headlights After Exit

When you stop driving and park Model S in low lighting conditions, the exterior lights automatically turn on. They automatically turn off after one minute or when you lock Model S.

You can turn this feature on and off using the touchscreen. Touch Controls > Settings > Vehicle > Headlights After Exit. When Headlights After Exit is set to Off, the headlights turn off when you engage the Park gear.

Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)

The Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) automatically adjusts the beam of the headlights to improve your driving view. Electric sensors measure driving speed, steering angle and yaw (the rotation of the car around the vertical axis) to determine the optimum position of the headlights based on current driving conditions. For example, to improve visibility while driving on winding roads at night, the AFS casts the beam in the direction of the curve. When low beam headlights are turned on and when driving at lower speeds, AFS improves lateral illumination to increase the visibility of pedestrians and curbs, and to improve visibility when turning at a dark intersection, into a driveway, or when making a u-turn.

The Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) operates whenever headlights are on. If Model S isn’t moving, or is moving in reverse, the adaptive headlights do not activate. This prevents the lights from inadvertently blinding other drivers. To turn the AFS off, touch Controls > Settings > Vehicle > Adaptive Headlights > OFF.

Lights on a Tesla Model S

 

If the AFS fails, the instrument panel displays an alert. Contact Tesla Service.

 

Turn Signals

Move the left-hand steering column lever up (before turning right) or down (before turning left).

Lights on a Tesla Model S

The turn signals stop operating when canceled by the steering wheel, or when you return the lever to the central position.

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The corresponding turn signal indicator lights up on the instrument panel when a turn signal is operating. You also hear a clicking sound.

 

 

Warning:

  1. If Model S is equipped with both Autopilot hardware and the optional Autopilot Tech Package, and TrafficAware Cruise Control is active, engaging a turn signal can cause Model S to accelerate when using Traffic-Aware Cruise Control in specific situations
  2. If Model S is equipped with both Autopilot hardware and the optional Autopilot Tech Package, and Autosteer is active, engaging a turn signal can cause Model S to change lanes.

Lane Change Flash

To indicate a lane change, quickly press the lever up or down against the spring pressure, then release. The corresponding turn signal flashes three times.

Hazard Warning Flashers

To turn on the hazard warning flashers, press the button located on the side of the touchscreen closest to the steering wheel. All turn signals flash. Press again to turn off.

Note: Hazard warning flashers operate even without a Model S key nearby.

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