So, it was back to searching Rakuten for alternatives. Unfortunately, I could not find another well known brand name manufacturer that sold an LED of the right size and spec, and equal or greater brightness. I did, however, find an online store called "Pika-Q" that specializes in automotive LEDs.
Despite the silly name, not only did they have an S25/1157 (P21/5W) product claiming 200 lumens of brightness, they offer an 18 month warranty as well.
|Just in case someone at Nissan asks me for LED advice, I got these which fit the NV200 Nissan van.|
Here are the specs:
|200 lumens when braking, 30 lumens tail light. Power consumption of 6.0W and 0.8W respectively.|
A few days later, they sent me a pair of these LEDs in a nice flat box with some other goodies (free black rubber work gloves... I'll post a photo later) and so I went out and immediately fitted them.
Immediately, I could see that the dreaded black vertical lines were gone (left lamp below):
|Philips bulb on the right... and does it look slightly more orange?|
|Pika-Q is definitely redder, whilst the Philips has a bit of an orangish tinge|
Actually, the fuzziness helps make the vertical lines on the left side stand out more...
This one is better:
And further, maybe you can tell the color is different?
Here are two photos to show the differences:
Anyway, based on this result, I went ahead and ordered another pair of these red LEDs from Pika-Q, to complete the other side. But, I took advantage of this timing and ordered a couple of extra items, which I will feature in my next post.