How to control lights on Model Y

Touch Controls > Lights on the touchscreen to control
the lights.
In addition to the lights that you can control from the
touchscreen, Tesla Model Y has convenience lights that
operate automatically based on what you are doing. For
example, in low ambient lighting conditions, the interior
lights, marker lights, tail lights, and puddle lights turn
on when you unlock Model Y, 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 Y.

1. Exterior lights (headlights, tail lights, side marker
lights, parking lights, and license plate lights) are set
to AUTO each time you start Model Y. 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
◦ 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 Y 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 Y
is powered on and a driving gear (Drive or Reverse)
is engaged.

CAUTION: The rear tail lights are off while
daytime running lights are on. Be sure the rear
lights are on during low rear visibility
conditions (for example, when it is dark, foggy,
snowy, or the road is wet, etc.). Failure to do so
can cause damage or serious injury.
WARNING: Always ensure that your headlights
are on during low visibility conditions. Failure
to do so may result in a collision.

2. 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.

3. Turn the interior dome (map) lights on or off. If set
to AUTO, all interior dome lights turn on when you
unlock Model Y, 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 Y powers off.
If Model Y was already powered off when you
manually turned the light on, it turns off after 60

4. If you turn on AMBIENT LIGHTS, interior ambient
lights turn on whenever the headlights are on (if
equipped with the premium package).

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.

5. 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 Y.

6. 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 Y in low lighting

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

Reading Lights

There are two reading lights in the second row seating
area, both above the door and next to the coat hangers.
Turn an individual reading light on or off by pressing its
lens. The reading light will automatically turn off when
Model Y powers off.

High Beam Headlights

Push the turn signal stalk away from you and release to
turn the high beam headlights on continuously. To
cancel, push the stalk away from you again.

To briefly flash the high beam headlights, pull the stalk
towards you and release.
The high beam headlights can automatically switch to
low beam when there is light detected in front of Model
Y (for example, from an oncoming vehicle). To turn this
feature on or off, go to Quick Controls or touch
Controls > Lights > Auto High Beam.

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 Y, you can temporarily turn on the
high beams by pulling the turn signal stalk toward you.
The following indicator lights are visible on the
touchscreen to show the status of the headlights:

◦ 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 Y is ready to turn
off the high beams if light is detected.

◦ Auto High Beam is enabled but high
beams are not on because light is
detected in front of Model Y. 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 circumstances.

Headlights After Exit

When Headlights after Exit is on, the exterior
headlights remain on when you stop driving and park
Model Y in low lighting conditions. They automatically
turn off after one minute or when Model Y 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 >
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.

NOTE: Headlights do not require adjustments when
temporarily driving into a region where the traffic
direction is different (for example, driving in right-hand
traffic region, and then driving into a region with left-hand traffic).

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 stalk.
Lightly push the turn signal stalk up or down for a three-flash sequence. For a continuous signal, push the stalk
fully up or down.

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

The corresponding turn signal indicator
lights up on the touchscreen when a turn
signal is operating. Model Y also emits a
clicking sound.

WARNING: If you have purchased an optional
Autopilot package and Traffic-Aware Cruise
Control is active, engaging a turn signal can cause
Model Y to accelerate when using Traffic-Aware
Cruise Control in specific situations. If Autosteer is active
on a vehicle with Auto Lane Change, engaging a
turn signal may cause Model Y 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

NOTE: Hazard warning flashers operate even when
Model Y cannot detect a key.
NOTE: The hazard warning light button is illuminated
whenever Model Y is powered on.

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James Stanley
4 months ago

I am an amateur astronomer and would like to be able not to have puddle, under the dash and trunk light from coming on when accessing the vehicle. Also not to have signature lights flash when locking/unlocking car. Is this possible? I thought about using electrical tape to cover puddle, under the dash and trunk lights, but don’t know if there is a heat issue or not. Other than that is there red LEDs to substitute for puddle, under the dash and trunk lights?