Date registered: Feb 2010
Vehicle: 1972 280SEL daily driver. 904 Dark Blue with cognac interior. euro 4.5 engine
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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I disagree. The reason you see red brake lights is because the red lenses block all wave lengths of light except the red from your clear bulbs. If you put in clear LEDs, the lens will once again block all but the red wave length.If you put in red LED bulbs, very little is filtered by the lens and the light should be brighter. If it were possible to make an incandescent bulb that just put out red light, that is what would be behind your lens now.
All the LED sites I have looked at recommend matching LED color to your lens color. (Red for brake and til lights, amber for turn)
From SuperbrightLED site....For best results the LED color should be the same as the lens color or if bulb is behind a clear lens, use the appropriate color for turn and brake light functions. As an example: a red lens will filter out all but the red portion of the light so if the light is all red, none or very little light will be blocked by the lens. The light from a White LED contains very little light in the red portion of the visible spectrum so most of the light would be filtered out by a red lens.