Sterling work sir, these do look great!
Do you have any reference of how you want the glowing parts to look that we could see? There are some nice big shots on the badnixie.com site, a lot of those are yellow - white to the center of the filament, cooling off to orange at the soft edge. Gradients for luminosity, luminous colour and transparency would do that.
Duplicating the filaments into a new mesh, giving them a new material with its own shader which is not visible to camera and placed above the base shader, would be a way to crank the luminosity up and bring in more light without changing the colour of the visible filament. Not sure if this would produce anything better than you're getting with the point lights though.