maybe i'll order some blue 194 leds and see if that'll work to brighten it up, maybe give it a darker blue, rather than a lighter blue.
not sure if i want to have the red notches. if i didn't to the red tape part, would those notches stay white? or the tape darkens the factory orange to red?
EDIT: actually, the red doesn't look bad. at least majority of it is the color you want, in this case, blue.