I actually wish it was a bit brighter to be honest.not sure what the exact purpose/intention was for the light, but it was in my wife's '03 Accord (only amber, not blue) and it is great for night hiway driving and seeing things without turning on the bright map light. It seems a little brighter in the '12 Odyssey we got yesterday, but still not a distraction to me anyway.
I think it is a orange kind of color. It did not bother me, although initially I thought it was unusual for them to choose that color as it is not the prettiest. Now I understand why they did that, and it makes sense to me now.It's red in BMWs. It's just ambient lighting so you can see the interior of your car at night. I kinda like the blue. Red always felt jarring to me, even tho it's supposed to be the best color for night vision.
The LED can be changed out with some work =) Also if you want it a bit more orange in color hue and not killer bright, I just found you can cut a small circle from a manila file folder tab (The orange plastic ones) and pull apart the home link section containing the light. You can simply drop in a small cut circle and then reassemble, it'll go much more orange and dampen some light too. Or If you really hate the light, you can pull the LED out ,reassemble and voila, no more lightConcur, BMW also has this type of light but in a dark orange hue. It's perfect for seeing in the dark at night (moonlight effect) without the glare obscuring your night vision.