Hello everyone. I'm newly registered here, although I frequent this forum for lots of great info (I'm somewhat of an lumen-fanatic). I've done a few searches but can't find exactly the information I need, so here goes:
I'm looking at purchasing high powered LED lights to upgrade the brake lights in my 2000 Ford Taurus. The lights look well-made and are direct drop-in replacements for my 3157's socket, and they have 40 '1210 SMD/SMT LED Chips made by CREE Electronics' on each bulb. Now what I'm unsure of, is which color to buy. It is my understanding that a red filter (the plastic tail lens in this case) will block out all light except red, but the manufacturer uses a poorly lit yellowish bulb to illuminate the tail lights from the factory. So my question is, if each of the red and white versions of this product produce the same output of light, which will produce better light through the filter, red or white Cree LEDs? I would imagine the ultra-bright white Cree LEDs that I've seen in action would do a fantastic job of illuminating my tail lights, but when I saw the red version it made me stop and think... what if the red would look brighter/better (more red)?
Now the first thing that popped in my mind was to do an experiment myself, buy a set of each and put a red one and a white one on at the same time and see for myself. However, buying a pair of each color would run about $85 shipped and I don't feel like losing out on shipping charges to send back the pair that I will not be using. So here I am. I'd greatly appreciate any feedback anyone has to offer. Thanks.
Here are the links to the products I'm considering;