As you may have noticed the trunk lighting appears rather dim. Actually, the lighting is not all that bad, but since everything is black, it’s hard to see the lights are actually on. I’d rate the existing lighting at least average or somewhat above average for car trunk lighting, but most car’s trunk lights are rather dim if they even have lights.
One change is to add a lighter color floor carpet. It can be a quick fix for brightening the area. Then again, adding more lighting really brightens the area! We’ll add lights to both sides just below the parcel shelf mounting brackets. We have three approaches:
- LED strips with a 3D printed module (new Apr-2018)
- LED strips mounted with adhesive (historical old method)
- Tesla style LED modules for Trunk lighting, connectorized
You can also mix methods, as the first two methods offer better color rendition, the third method uses a better connectorization method for getting power. You can even merge parts of different methods to suit your needs and abilities.
If this project is beyond your advanced DIY efforts, a simpler project is to replace the Tesla LED units with brighter ones. While not nearly as illuminating as our projects above, they do offer improvement. You can order a set of brighter LED replacement units from Abstract Ocean and other sources.
While we show detailed instructions for the Model S (all versions), with minor modifications, the techniques apply to the Model X. See our Trunk lighting project for the Model 3.
This shows the difference at night between standard Tesla lights and lights mounted under the parcel shelf brackets.