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Blinkers!

I know it's kind of silly, but I took some video of the blinkers after my test drive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5H97zKqRBs&feature=plcp

For me, exterior lighting is an important factor in the "signature" of a car, and so, for some reason, I like cool looking blinkers.

I really like the way the front turn signal looks. I like the shape and it's cool how the amber color comes only from the light, not the plastic housing. It probably looks better from a bit of a distance actually.

The rear blinker looks alright. I wished that the whole outer oval illuminated instead of just the half.

I still think the side blinkers are cheap looking. It would at least look better if the whole thing illuminated evenly. Looking at the video again, it looks like the side lamp isn't even an LED.

@Olanmills

Thanks for the video, it looks great!

What did you think about the Grey ? Did you see it in different amounts of light and in the Shade ?

Thanks,

P2576

Yeah. Gray was gorgeous in the sunlight. In the shade, it still makes for a nice looking car, though a bit plain. It probably seems that way to me because there are so many 3-series, 5-series, and M5's around my area that have that gray color that look similar to the way the Dolphin Gray looks in the shade.

@Olanmills

I love the Dolphin Gray. I've had 5 grey cars and I will have a Grey Model S. Thanks I've watched every night time video of the Model S looking for the lights. The high mounted brake light is a string of red LEDs across the top of the entire back glass.

Did you happen to notice if there are lights on the front, bottom or embedded in the glass of the side view mirrors?

P8064

There are no lights in the side mirrors, neither behind the glass or in the housing.

Near the fog lights, there are a vertical LED strips, but I'm not sure if those are in the production model and if their presence depends on the tech package. The yellow bit you see near the fog lamp is not a light. They are just reflectors for conspicuity from the side. Similarly, the charge port cover (and the like panel on the opposite side) are also just reflectors for conspicuity, not lights.

I love the high mounted brake light. I think it really looks cool the way it spans the whole roof line. As for the taillights, I haven't been able to quite figure out when the whole oval/rectangle turns on, as opposed to just the halves. When braking, only the half of the taillight comes on, both the inner and the outer rings. I assumed that the whole outer ring comes on during nighttime when the headlights are on, but I have seen the outer ring illuminated when the car is stopped during the day. Maybe it's a sort of parking lamp as well.

If I had my choice, I would like it if the outer ring of the taillight was always on as a sort of rearward DRL. Half of the inner ring should blink as the turn indicator, and both halves of the inner ring should illuminate solidly when braking.

I actually think the DRL's look neat pulsing like they are in the video. I know it's just the high frame rate...

I don't know if this is universal for all Europe, but here blinkers have to be orange. No red rear-light, and I believe even that great-looking stripe in front lights probably needs to be orange.

"I love the high mounted brake light. I think it really looks cool the way it spans the whole roof line. As for the taillights, I haven't been able to quite figure out when the whole oval/rectangle turns on, as opposed to just the halves. When braking, only the half of the taillight comes on, both the inner and the outer rings. I assumed that the whole outer ring comes on during nighttime when the headlights are on, but I have seen the outer ring illuminated when the car is stopped during the day."

The high mounted brake light is similar to the Audi A7 4 door high mounted brake light. Love it!

The rear tail lamp is the complete ring of LEDs and the brake light is the outside edge and inner part of the tail lamp assembly.

@Timo - Yep, I'm pretty sure all countries in Europe have the "Orange" requirement for turning indicators.
Alastair

Amber turn signals, front and rear, are required in Australia and New Zealand.

Did a bit wiki-searching and "amber" is the word used to describe ECE -regulation based turning indicators. Apparently ECE -regulations are almost worldwide with exception of US and Canada.

Seventeen pages of posts discussing the color of rear turn signals:
http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/6467-Amber-rear-turn-signals

olanmills;
In the future it would be perspicacious of you to use your spelling perspicuity to use conspicuousness instead of conspicuity. As the latter isn't (a word).
;)

17 pages on TMC re amber turn signals! Awesome. Did you read them all? I think I shall go to my grave unaware of whether there was or could have been even one important or useful point in all that.

what would we do without volker.berlin?

(Serious actually)

@GHMagic6

I agree--the pulsing was really cool, and it's a bummer it's just the high frame rate...

Maybe the lights be tuned so those wearing 3D glasses can see it all the time.

3D blinkers! I see a giant "STOP" sign jumping back and forth from by brake lights.

Well I'm sure you guys noticed that the inner ring of the rear taillights are made of clear plastic. Aside from looking cool, I bet this is so that the light inside can be replaced with amber LEDs instead of red.

PS:
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/conspicuity
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conspicuity

I do think the amber looks more elegant and upscale than red.

The higher the taillights are the further away your car looks to the motorist behind you at night when there are no other visual clues. Not sure that's such a good thing.

The high mounted stop lights are not for judging distance. They were required by federal law because less rearend collisions happen as a result of the additional visiblity. The lower two brake lights and tail lights should give you your distance clues.

My misunderstanding. I thought you were talking about the two lower lights being mounted high.

@jerry3
No problem. I've really only noticed Volvo mounting the regular taillights up higher than the trunk lid. Back in the 90s I once said I didn't think taillights on a car could be made more uglier in shape than on that Volvo car. They managed to prove me wrong and with every new redesign of the Volvo cars and wagons the taillights have become more and more ugly. The last ones that were remotely nice looking were shaped like a steam iron. Every iteration after that they have become more stretched out of shape and have a wide irregular shaped light down by the bumper that drastically narrows as it passes the trunk lid or bottom of the back glass then continues up to the roof line like someone stretched a piece of chewing gum from the brake light and stuck it to the roof of the car.

Volvo ceased to interest me after Ford bought it--not that I ever had all that much interest to start with.

Here is the first time I saw a Model S from behind, with brake lights on and turn indicator set at the same time:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_2OVmzK9Ao&feature=player_detailpage#t=438s

Very American style: The brake light doubles as the blinker. I guess they have to change something about that when homologating the car for Germany.

Volker,

That seems really odd to me. Most cars have separate blinkers and brake lights--even in North America.

It seems to use only the outer section of the rear lights. I was expecting brakes to use entire rear light area.

Yeah, Timo, that's the way I wish the brake lights would work.

jerry3, would you really say "most"? I think it depends on the manufacturer. I think most Ford and GM (American) vehicles have rear blinkers and taillights combined.

olanmills,

Over the past couple of days I've tried to make note of how many cars have a separate brake light (that doesn't blink the taillights) and most cars that i've seen leave the taillights on and have another set of brake lights (often LED). Now perhaps this is just because most of the cars around here happen to use that setup, or perhaps they're just common on the routes that I drive, or perhaps the LED brake lights are more noticeable so I remember them more than the other kind. (It's not like I'm jotting each instance down)


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