Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y
Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y

Lighted 'T' for Tesla Model Y

• Subtle, yet unique way to add a bit of extra flair to the Tesla Model Y rear in a tasteful and understated manner.
• Custom-designed to provide a lighted halo effect around the Tesla logo.
• Illuminates more intensely when the brake pedal is depressed.
• Requires professional installation.
• Usually ships the next business day. Available for international delivery. 

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Description

The Lighted T has been a fan favorite for Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3. Now, it's available for Tesla Model Y—a subtle yet unique way for you to add a bit of extra flair at the rear of the vehicle. This lighting modification provides a lighted halo effect around the Tesla T logo area on the trunk hatch. The halo lighting 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 Y, but does it in a tasteful and understated manner.

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Specifications

The Lighted T for Model Y 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.

Lighted T for Model Y is 3.5 in. high, 3.5 in. wide and 0.4375 in. thick (89mmH x 89mm W x 11mm T), including the OEM "T" badge.

The Lighted T for Model Y has been repurposed from a similar product for Model X. The size of the OEM rear hatch "T" badge for both vehicles is nearly identical (within ~ 1 to 2 mm). The curvature of the rear of the Model Y trunk hatch is slightly more concave than Model X. This means that when installed, Lighted T for Model Y will have a very small gap (approximately 1.5 mm) between its rear surface and the trunk hatch surface in the central part of the "T" body. During installation, silicone jell is used to fill the gap, which is unnoticeable, unless you look for it specifically from very close range.

Parts Included

  • Lighted T and Arch with wiring (bag includes wire harness and drilling template)
  • 3 PosiTap Connectors, 18-23 gauge,  3 PosiLoc Connectors, 18-23 gauge
  • 3 feet Spectra nylon parachute thread for 'sawing off' the OEM Tesla logo adhesive
  • 5 spare blue/green plastic retainer clips for the trunk molding
  • Small tube of clear silicone sealant to seal drill holes
  • a 5-foot (approx.) 20awg RED brake light lead used to connect to the brake light circuit
  • a wire harness to connect to the brake light and license plate light circuits to Lighted T wiring
  • A positioning and drilling template used for installation (inside bag containing lighted T)

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.

How it works

The Lighted T for Model Y is wired to 12V circuitry for both the running lights (specifically, the lights used to illuminate the rear license plate) and the brake lights (specifically, the circuit connected to the brake light bar in the upper center of the trunk hatch). When the running lights or headlights are turned on, the Lighted T will illuminate. When the brake pedal is pressed, the Lighted T halo brightens further.

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Installation

Video

 

The Lighted T requires professional installation.

Installation videos and written instructions have been developed for your professional installer and can be found below. Written instructions are also included in the package you'll receive. We advise you to ask your professional installer to check out the installation video for a better understanding of installation steps/procedures.

Lighted T Installation Guide (PDF)

Please click the button below to download an installation overview for the Lighted "T" for Model Y. These installation guidelines should be used in connection with the Installation Video presented on this page.

Lighted "T" Installation

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FAQ

Is the installation of the Lighted T a DIY (Do It Yourself) project?

No, this is a complex installation requiring professional expertise. It is imperative that product installation is left to a professional installer. 

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 (we've provided both written and video instructions) that can be completed in a relatively short time frame. The Lighted T installation for Model Y typically takes about 2 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 Lighted T installation takes about two hours. Installation time may depend 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 two small hole are required to thread Lighted T wiring. One hole already existed as the top alignment hole for the OEM "T" bade. The other hole is drilled in the trunk lid for the wiring used for the "T" arch. 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 it is off it consumes 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. It 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.  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. At night, when the tail lights are illuminated, the lighted T halo will be visible. The halo will brighten further when the brake pedal is pressed.

Does installation require permanent changes to my car that can’t be reversed?

No. The lighted T 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 T is very difficult to remove without knowledge of how it is 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. The small holes that allow wiring to be threaded through the trunk hatch are sealed with silicone jell (provided) during installation.

You mention (see Specifications Tab] that there is a small gap between the back center of the Lighted T body and the trunk hatch surface. Why is that, and should I be concerned?

The Lighted T for Model Y has been repurposed from a similar product for Model X. The size of the OEM rear hatch "T" badge for both vehicles is nearly identical (within ~ 1 or 2 mm). The curvature of the rear of the Model Y trunk hatch is slightly more concave than Model X. This means that when installed, Lighted T for Model Y will have a very small gap (approximately 1.5 mm) between its rear surface and the trunk hatch surface in the central part of the "T" body. During installation, silicone jell is used to fill the gap, which is unnoticeable unless you look for it specifically from very close range. For most Model Y owners, the gap will not be an issue. However, if you are concerned that the gap exists, this product is not for you.

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.

When I buy the Lighted T is everything needed for installation included – wiring, connectors, etc?

Yes, all parts required for installation are included – wire, connectors, wiring harness, custom cut double sided adhesive, even a small tube of silicone sealant (see Specification and "Installation" tabs). 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 have these items readily available. We do not provide the tools needs for the installation.

What tools are required for installation?

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?

The EVANNEX Lighted 'T' usually ships within 24 business hours of receipt of order. Delivery time depends on your location relative to South Florida and is typically within three (3) days for the continental U.S.

Do you ship this item internationally?

Yes. We do ship the Lighted T internationally. 

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