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Tesla Light Show Added to Model 3, S, and Y—Here's How to Play With It

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This Christmas Eve, Tesla sent out an over-the-air (OTA) holiday software update to all supported vehicles, expanding a cheeky feature from the Model X SUV to the rest of its lineup: The Tesla Light Show. This function allows eligible Teslas to put on a funky light show set to music using its headlights, taillights, cabin lights, and other lighting.

The holiday update comes with one new preloaded show and works with the latest Model S and Model X and any Model 3 or Model Y. But that's not all—Tesla also made it possible for anyone with a computer to create their own custom shows via a free open-source software xLights. And for Tesla owners who want some cool light shows without the hard work, you are in luck. You can load shows shared from other creators into your Tesla.

Where Can You Find Custom Tesla Light Shows? 

Since the feature was first available, many enthusiasts have created light shows with various soundtracks. There is a TeslaLightShow subreddit, and some creators also share their show videos on YouTube. This Tesla Light Share website is a well designed, user-friendly hub where you can look for custom shows with previews. And if you appreciate a given creator's works, some do provide a link on how to support them.

We tried one show shared by u/serubi, and it worked flawlessly. We also showed an Into The Unknown (from Disney's Frozen 2) light show (created by reddit user u/Erik713) for some friends' kids during the winter holidays. They were seriously impressed, all hyped up dancing and singing along. Have a Tesla and want to be the cool uncle/aunt or parent to impress kids for the next holiday? Here's a guide to show you how, since the process is very much in Tesla-nerd territory. The process isn't as seamless as we think it could be, and will involve some noodling on a computer. 

How To Load Custom Light Shows Into Your Tesla

First, you need to prepare a USB drive. Tesla specifies that the drive cannot have a base-level TeslaCam folder, so the easiest way is to keep your original dash-cam drive and use another USB drive just for storing light shows.

Format the USB drive as exFAT or FAT32 on a Windows PC (MS-DOS FAT for Mac), and then create a root folder named LightShow. When you download a custom show there should be two files, lightshow.fseq and lightshow.wav (or lightshow.mp3), the fseq file is the sequence data and wav/mp3 is the audio data.

Place those two files into the root LightShow folder, and you are then good to plug the drive to your Tesla's front USB port or glovebox USB port. You can store multiple shows in the same USB drive. However, the car will only read the two required files under the LightShow folder. The best way is to group various lightshow files in each of their own named folders (but not the LightShow folder). And when you want to switch shows, delete the old sequence and audio files inside the LightShow folder and then copy in the two lightshow.fseq and lightshow.wav (or lightshow.mp3) files from the new show. Unfortunately, you must do this on a computer, as you cannot handle the task using the car's interface.

To start the custom light show, go to "Toybox" on your Tesla's center screen and tap "Start The Show." Then you will see a popup window with the title "Custom Light Show." (Pro tip: if it's only "Light Show" that means it's loading the stock pre-loaded show and not reading the USB drive correctly.) Give the file a moment to load. When you see "Light show ready!" above the volume bar, you can exit the vehicle, close the doors and let the custom show begin. Do not turn the volume all the way up on the first try; do a test run first. And please don't leave any human or animal in the vehicle since the audio plays through the internal speakers and could be loud.

Depending on which Tesla vehicle you own and the chosen light show sequence, the trunk lid or tailgate, charging port, side mirrors, windows, and falcon wing doors on Model X can move during the show, so make sure you leave ample space around your vehicle before hitting start. If the light show sequence contains instructions for a moving part but your Tesla does not have that part, don't worry—it simply will not move, but neither will the show be disrupted otherwise. For example, older Model 3s do not have a power opening trunk, so the trunk simply stays still while the rest of the show rages on. With that, have fun with the new feature! 


This article is republished from Tesla Light Show Added to Model 3, S, and Y—Here's How to Play With It under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .https://www.motortrend.com/news/tesla-light-show-function-how-to-explained/

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