How to control lights on Model 3

Controlling Lights

Touch Controls > Lights on the touchscreen to
control the lights.

In addition to the lights that you can control
from the touchscreen, Tesla Model 3 has
convenience lights that operate automatically
based on what you are doing. For example, in
low ambient lighting conditions, interior lights,
marker lights, tail lights, and puddle lights turn
on when you unlock Model 3, when you open
a door, and when you shift into Park. They turn
off after a minute or two or when you shift
into a driving gear or lock Model 3.

Exterior lights (headlights, tail lights, side
marker lights, parking lights, and license
plate lights) are set to AUTO each time
you start Model 3. When set to AUTO,
exterior lights automatically turn on when
driving in low lighting conditions. If you
change to a different setting, lights always
revert to AUTO on your next drive.
Touch one of these options to temporarily
change the exterior light setting:

• OFF: Exterior lights turn off until you
manually turn them back on or until
the next time you drive.

• PARKING: Only the exterior side
marker lights, parking lights, tail lights
and license plate lights turn on.

• ON: Exterior lights turn on.

Note: Any exterior lights (for example,
daytime running lights) that are required
to remain on in your market region will
turn on as appropriate when driving, when
parked on specific types of roads, etc.
Note: If equipped with the premium
package, Model 3 has a series of LED
lights along the rim of the headlights, also
referred to as “signature” lights. These
lights automatically turn on whenever
Model 3 is powered on and a driving gear
(Drive or Reverse) is engaged.
Warning: Always ensure that your
headlights are on during low visibility
conditions. Failure to do so may result
in a collision.

A separate control is available to turn on
fog lights (if equipped). When on, fog
lights operate whenever low beam
headlights are on. When headlights are
turned off, fog lights also turn off.

Interior dome (map) lights:
If set to AUTO, all interior dome lights
turn on when you unlock Model 3, open a
door upon exiting, or shift into Park.
You can also manually turn an individual
dome light on or off by pressing its lens. If
you manually turn a dome light on, it turns
off when Model 3 powers off. If Model 3
was already powered off when you
manually turned the light on, it turns off
after 60 minutes.

If you turn on AMBIENT LIGHTS, interior
ambient lights turn on whenever the
headlights are on (if equipped).
Note: To control the backlighting on the
steering wheel buttons, touch Controls >
Lights > Steering Wheel Lights. If off, they
do not turn on when headlights are on.

If you turn on Auto High Beam, your
vehicle automatically switches from high
beam headlights to low beam headlights
when light is detected in front of Model 3.

If you turn on Headlights after Exit, the
exterior lights remain on for a short period
of time after you stop driving and park
Model 3 in low lighting conditions.

If you turn on Steering Wheel Lights, the
arrows associated with the scroll buttons
are backlit in low ambient lighting

High Beam Headlights

Push the left-hand steering column lever away
from you and release to turn the high beam
headlights on continuously. To cancel, push
the lever away from you again.
To briefly flash the high beam headlights, pull
the lever towards you and release.

The high beam headlights can automatically
switch to low beam when there is light
detected in front of Model 3 (for example,
from an oncoming vehicle). To turn this feature
on or off, touch Controls > Lights > Auto High

Note: Your chosen setting is retained until you
manually change it.
In situations where Auto High Beam is turned
on but the high beams are turned off because
light is detected in front of Model 3, you can
temporarily turn on the high beams by pulling
the lever toward you.
The following indicator lights are visible on the
touchscreen to show the status of the

Low beam headlights are on.

High beam headlights are on and
Auto High Beam is disabled or
currently unavailable.

Auto High Beam is enabled and high
beams are on. Model 3 is ready to
turn off the high beams if light is

Auto High Beam is enabled but high
beams are not on because light is
detected in front of Model 3. When
light is no longer detected, high
beams automatically turn back on.

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 appropriately adjusted
for weather conditions and driving

Headlights After Exit

When Headlights after Exit is on, the exterior
headlights remain on when you stop driving
and park Model 3 in low lighting conditions.
They automatically turn off after one minute
or when Model 3 locks. When off, headlights
turn off when you engage the Park gear and
open a door.

To turn this feature on or off, touch Controls >
Lights > Headlights after Exit.

Headlight Adjustments

To adjust the angle of the headlights, touch
Controls > Service > Adjust Headlights, then
follow the onscreen instructions. You can
choose which headlight you would like to
adjust by selecting it on the touchscreen.

Warning: Proceed with caution when
adjusting headlights. Tesla has carefully
calibrated the position of the headlights
to be in an optimum position for most
driving scenarios. Tesla recommends that
you do not adjust headlights unless you
are familiar with how headlights should
be adjusted. Once adjusted, you will be
unable to automatically restore them to
their originally calibrated position.
Contact Tesla for assistance when
adjusting headlights.

Turn Signals

The turn signals flash three times or
continuously, depending on how far up or
down you move the lever. Lightly push the
turn signal lever up or down for a three-flash
sequence. For a continuous signal, push the
lever fully up or down.

The turn signals stop operating when canceled
by the steering wheel, by moving the lever in
the opposite direction, or lightly pushing the
lever in the same direction once more.

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

Warning: If you have purchased an
optional Autopilot package and Traffic-
Aware Cruise Control is active, engaging
a turn signal can cause Model 3 to
accelerate when using Traffic-Aware
Cruise Control in specific situations. If
Autosteer is active, engaging a turn signal
may cause Model 3 to change lanes.

Hazard Warning Flashers

To turn on the hazard warning flashers, press
the button located above the rear view mirror.
All turn signals flash. Press the button again to
turn off the hazard warning flashers.

Note: Hazard warning flashers operate even
when Model 3 cannot detect a key
(authenticated phone or key card).

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