Philips: a 60 watt LED bulb
W4KRL at arrl.net
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.
From: Robert Bruninga [mailto:bruninga at usna.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 3:03 PM
To: W4KRL at arrl.net; '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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