Crapcan LED Bulbs!Submitted by ChristianAnarchist on Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:36
I've been trying to save a bit of money on electricity so I've tried many of the newer LED bulbs. Before the LED's I tried the CFL's and found they are lacking in life span. They try to say you can get 5 years out of a CFL but I've found them to last closer to 1 year (and I've bought at least 100 of these over the past 5 years). This last year I started buying the LED bulbs that screw into a standard socket and look like (sorta) a standard light bulb. Of course it's hard to get one powerful enough to replace a 100w bulb. Most of the LED versions only have enough power to equal a 60w or 75w bulb. I did find some bright ones on eBay that claim to put out 100w of light. I always look for the daylight color temp as I don't like the yellow lights.
Here's my experience so far. Of about 20 LED bulbs I have bought in the last year 2 have failed already. That's hardly the life they are claiming for LED's. It's heat that's killing them. If you put one of these bulbs in a recessed fixture or an outdoor fixture with a glass enclosure they get REALLY hot. We've been told how cool LED bulbs are and I imagine that's true for the LED itself but there's a lot of electronics that go into the base of the bulb to drive those LED's. Those circuits generate heat and in an enclosure that does not have air circulation they get too hot and die. I'm sure the actual LED's in the bulb are fine but the electronics are cooked. When I reached up to unscrew one of these bulbs that had been lit for hours I found out how hot they can get the hard way...
I'd like to point out that not all of my LED bulbs were purchased on eBay. Some of them carry the GE brand and were bought at the local mega hardware store and one of the failures was the GE 800 lumen bulb.
Ok, so CFL's are crap, the LED's are crap and now they are making the only kind of bulb that will perform in a hot environment illegal. GOVERNMENT SUCKS !!