Oh boy was I wrong! Not only were these units super cheaply made (no doubt to get to market quickly), but disconnecting the stock puddle light from the Model 3 gives an error message and invoked manual door release. This caused the glass to come down and not go up until a light was replaced.
|Great idea, bad implementation|
First, the original puddle lights have to be removed. With a small plastic pry bar or trim removal tool, the original light can easily be popped out from the side then pulled down and out.
|Removal of Model 3 puddle lights|
|Rear lights have a similar removal and easy disconnect.|
So while removal was easy. The car gives an error stating that the manual door operation has been used and to contact Tesla support. Which means that the circuit for the window up down system is tied into the light circuit being completed. So do I really want some cheap garbage led failing and causing me to be unable to open/close the door due to window in-operation or worse cause breakage the window?
|Error: Don't disconnect the puddle lights|
|Almost identical fitment at first glance, but that was not the case.|
The logo pattern was misaligned even though there were a left and right label on the lights. I remembered that there was a little tab on the projector that could be adjusted align the logo. So the next step was to at least try that to get them bright and in focus. But the quality of the plastic was so bad that when I went to remove them to realign them, the tabs which hold the clear faceplate broke off and dropped in my hand and the light assembly was left dangling inside the door. Had a heck of a time trying to fish them out and disconnect the harness. This happen on two doors of the four. I almost had to get the entire door panel off, but got lucky after 20 mins with a fishing hook I made.
|Little tab to focus and align the light, but light doesn't fit the opening then.|
There are some things best left alone and perhaps a crappy aesthetic mod is not worth it, until either a good quality laser or bright LED light higher quality version of this type of product comes out.But I doubt I will be messing with the stock LEDs even then. Windows working properly is just a tad more important.