The Lighted T was first created for the Tesla Model S and soon became a fan favorite. It's a subtle yet unique way for any Tesla Model X owner to add a bit of extra flair at the rear of the vehicle. This lighting modification, custom designed exclusively for the Tesla Model X, provides a lighted halo effect around the Tesla T logo area. In the rear, the halo is tied to brake lighting, causing it to illuminate more intensely when the brakes lights illuminate. The Lighted T definitely adds a unique accent to the back of your Model X, but does it in a tasteful and understated manner.
- Rear Lighted T and Arch with dual brightness drive
- 5 feet each of blue, yellow, and black 20 gauge stranded wire
- 3 Posi-taps, 20-22 gauge
- 5 Posi-Lok Connectors, 18-24 gauge
- 2 feet Spectra nylon parachute thread
- 5 spare blue/green plastic retainer clips
- Small tube of clear silicone sealant
- Template for the two small holes that have to be drilled in the lift gate under the T and arch
Note: The Lighted T is encased by an injection-molded plastic shell. The electrical components are composed of a machine-made custom circuit board with LEDs and is injected with waterproofing epoxy material.
Note: The Rear Lighted T operates automatically - it turns on when the car’s running lamps are lighted and brightens when the brakes are applied.
Professional installation is required.
Installation videos and written instructions are for your professional installer and can be found below. Written instructions are also included in the package you'll receive, but, we advise you to ask your professional installer to check out the corresponding videos as well in order to facilitate better understanding of install steps/procedure.
Is the installation of the Lighted T a DIY (Do It Yourself) project?
No, it is imperative that product installation is left to a professional installer. Therefore, professional installation is required.
Where can I find a professional installer?
There are many competent aftermarket installation locations (they often specialize in car audio installs) in your locale. It may be helpful to locate a professional installer who has had experience with Teslas and comes recommended by others. We've created extensive installation materials (including a detailed installation video, see 'Installation' tab) in order to assist a professional installer with guidance as he/she installs Lighted T.
How long will it take a professional to install the Lighted T?
Installation is a job for a professional installer. However, for a professional, it’s a relatively straightforward task (as we've provided both written and video instructions) that can be completed in a relatively short time frame. The Lighted T installation for Model X takes about 2-4 hours. However, we advise that you ask your professional installer to provide an estimate as timeframe and pricing may vary from installer to installer.
How much should professional installation cost?
We suggest you get an upfront quote from your professional installer, but, typically prices can range from $60/hr. - $150/hr. depending on your location. As we noted earlier, some professional installers estimate that the rear Lighted T installation takes about two hours, sometimes this depends on whether the installer has significant experience working on Teslas.
What kind of modifications to my car does installation of the Lighted T require?
Very few. Each Lighted T consists of an injection molded plastic shell that is positioned under the rear chrome T with double sided tape. The factory chrome T is temporarily removed and a very small hole is drilled in the trunk lid for the wiring, but the holes are positioned so they are not visible. After the Lighted T is positioned on the trunk lid, the chrome T is reattached on top of it.
Will the Lighted T affect the functioning of my car’s electrical system?
No. The T is powered by the car’s 12V system and connections are made to existing 12V lines and ground.
How much electrical power does the T require when it is lighted? When it is off?
The Lighted T draws very little power, only hundreds of milliamps. When they are off they consume no power.
Will the Lighted T run down my 12V battery?
No. The current draw of the T is so low that it would take (estimated) about a month to drain the 12V battery if they were turned on and car was not plugged in or driven.
How will operation of the Lighted T be affected by wet and inclement weather?
Not a bit. The T is completely waterproof and not affected by extreme cold or heat.
Will the Lighted T’s violate traffic and/or other vehicle laws in my state?
No. The colors and position of the Lighted T meets state safety laws regarding rear lighting.
Will the Lighted T leak toxic or other foreign material that might damage my car?
None of the chemical or physical properties of the Lighted T can damage the car or its painted surfaces. Both are made of inert plastic and waterproofed with epoxy in a hardened state.
How will the Lighted T affect service on my car?
Not at all. They will not interfere with routine service protocols.
What happens if my Lighted T doesn’t work or seems to have something wrong with it?
Hundreds of Lighted Ts have been sold, and the failure rate for these devices is extremely low, but if your Lighted T fails or functions improperly immediately after your professional installer installs the product, please have your professional installer contact us at EVANNEX for guidance/advice. If that doesn’t resolve the problem, a replacement can be provided free-of-charge.
How does the Lighted T work with the tail lights and brakes?
The Lighted T is installed so it turns on with the tail lights and brightens when the brakes are applied. During daylight, when the tail lights are off, the T is off until the brakes are applied. It lights up with the brake lights.
Does installation require permanent changes to my car that can’t be reversed?
No. The lighted Ts can be removed at any time, the wiring disconnected and removed, and the OEM chrome T's placed back in their original positions, restoring the car to its original condition.
Can the Lighted T be vandalized or stolen off my car?
Nothing is vandal proof, but the Lighted Ts are very difficult to remove without knowledge of how they are attached.
If it gets wet will the Lighted T affect my electrical system or create problems such as electrical shorts?
No. Aside from being protected by the car’s fuse system the Lighted Ts are completely waterproof.
What if my installer has questions that I can’t answer?
We have provided written and video installation instructions that can help guide a professional in the installation of the Lighted T. Please have your professional installer reference the "Installation" tab on this page (prior to his install). Note: written instructions are also provided in the package you'll receive post-order. If there are other questions, please contact us.
What provides the light for the Lighted Ts?
The Lighted T is lit by miniature LEDs arrayed on a T shaped printed circuit board that is embedded in the injection molded plastic shell.
How long will the Lighted T last and the LEDs continue to work?
The LEDs in the Ts have an expected lifetime of about 40,000 operational hours. This means that they would last 10-12 years if the were turned on for about 10 hours a day.
When I buy the Lighted T is everything needed for installation included – wiring, connectors, etc?
Yes, all parts required for installation are included – wire, fuses, connectors, remote, custom cut double sided tape, even a small tube of silicone sealant, etc (see "Installation" tab). Every installation may vary slightly, and as a consequence your installer might use an additional connector or some other item not in the kit. Professional installers typically acquire these from readily available sources. We do not provide the tools needs for the installation.
What tools are required for installation?
Very few (and no special) tools are needed: professional installers will have everything necessary: wire cutters, voltmeter, wire strippers, electrical tape, etc.
What is the shipping time frame for this product?
We target delivery between 2-4 weeks for U.S. orders.
Do you ship this item internationally?
Yes. We do ship the Lighted T internationally. Please see our "Shipping and Fulfillment" page for additional information and conditions.
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