Philips: a 60 watt LED bulb

Karl W4KRL W4KRL at
Thu Apr 15 09:06:41 CDT 2010


I have three fixtures that each use three 40W candelabra-base flame shaped
bulbs. The CFLs still cost $4 each and have a high infant mortality. I keep
the blister packs and receipts and take them back to Wal-Mart when they
fail. (I've returned Philips bulbs in Sylvania packs - no one noticed!) Like
you say, once they get past the early burnout they last OK. But you have to
wonder if there is any net advantage to the environment.


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Bruninga [mailto:bruninga at] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 3:03 PM
To: W4KRL at; 'Tacos'
Subject: RE: Philips:a 60 watt LED bulb

> I've dropped a bundle on name-brand CFLs that don't 
> last as long as an incandescent and cost more to replace 
> under warranty than the cost of buying a new CFL.

Since CFL's are now down to $1 each, I don't even fuss anymore
when they fail.  All my failures have occurred within the first
10 seconds.  If they last longer than that, then they are good
longer than I will ever remember.

I used to mark the date on the base of each one when I installed
it, but now that hassle is not even worth the $1 cost of simply
replacing it.  Though I wo uld like to see my own statistics...
But got lazy and now don't mark them anymore...

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