Thanks for the link Bert- I'm sure it will be VERY useful.
Back to the brake light assembly, my LED modification seems to work very well.
Thankfully, the LED strips are WAY too dim for their stated purpose (aux running lights) but they work great for the brake light.
Using a Dremel and a router/cutting bit, I cut the original housing and crazy-glued the strip into the housing. I cut the original harness to remove the original sockets and wired them together using blade connectors.
Hooked everything up and it works well- not too bright and not too dim... Sounds a little like Goldilocks...
I may take the extra LED bar and mount it in either the trunk or under the hood.
Added benefit that the LEDs won't burn out until after gasoline is outlawed....