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Those inexpensive Costco LED bulbs I bought 2 years ago are still all in service except 2, and since they came in 5-packs I am still ahead!


Impressive. How many hours do you estimate you've used them so far? Also, have you noticed any loss in brightness after the two years?  I wonder if my local Costco has LED lights...
 

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Originally Posted by counterstrike View Post

Those inexpensive Costco LED bulbs I bought 2 years ago are still all in service except 2, and since they came in 5-packs I am still ahead!


Impressive. How many hours do you estimate you've used them so far? Also, have you noticed any loss in brightness after the two years?  I wonder if my local Costco has LED lights...
 


Hundreds of hours!  I bought them about 2 years before the city planning department red-tagged my condo as unsafe.  I have brought the  bulbs here to my temporary apartment while the condo is rebuilt and still use them.  They have always had dull light but I do not think notice much change.  I have not been a Costco member for a couple of years.

 

2 bulbs failed and Ace Hardware accepts bad bulbs; but Ace and CVS Pharmacy replacements are VERY expensive.

post #33 of 39

Thank you for the info! I'm gonna try my local Costco and see if they have any LED lights. I don't want to always resort to Ebay for buying inexpensive LED lights.

 

Also, when you say "accepts bad bulbs," what do you mean by that?

post #34 of 39

When I remodeled my kitchen last year the electrician put regular 65 Watt incandescent floods in the four hi hat fixtures. I replaced them with 125Watt equivalent CFL floods. The light was fine, but the delay was very frustrating. Two months ago (Jan. 2011) I went looking for LED floods to replace the CFL's.  I went to two local supply houses and was told they didn't carry them. Today I went looking on the internet and discovered this thread. It was the most comprehensive discussion of the subject I have found. However, my two local Costco stores dont carry them any longer and they don't appear on their website.  Does anyone know of any large chains that might carry them?. I am on Long Island.  Thanks.

post #35 of 39

Havent tried them yet, but plan to soon. I love Costco, but goodness the led lights are soo bright, not sure I will get used to them.

 

Sheila

post #36 of 39

I bought three of these at Costco in Rohnert Park, CA for $40 each. One worked in one of three cans in bathroom, the other two did not in tested working cans. Talked to an expert at Atlanta Lighting, who says LED floods are not designed yet to be used in unvented cans, which most are, just because they generate too much heat. CFLs are the only alternative. Hope that helps.

post #37 of 39

These are a much better choice, 50,000 hours, heat sinked, and more natural light color...http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3KT9D6

post #38 of 39

I thought it was time I chimed in since I was new here. I used to just shop at walmart sams for all my LEDs. My friends who is a dentist actually reccomended a great site Interlight.biz to me.

 

Here is the link I used, I order all my LED's from Interlight now. I actually had a twin tube CF lamp that kept going out. Interlight helped me swap this out for a single tube LED and now I never have to change it...

post #39 of 39

I have purchased a number of LED lights for overhead cans- kind of a hobby, sampling all the different brands I could find for under, say, $40. The biggest complaint I have had is that on many (where you can see the LED's directly) the light is excessively directional and seems harsh, even if the color temp is in the warm realm. For a location where you wanted a sharp 'spot" effect, that would be fine, but for general background use (we have a lot of overhead can lights) they weren't ideal. Then I tried a FEIT 13 watt BR30 that has a diffuser and appears to have a heat sink (it's heavy, but I haven't taken one apart).   Listed as 750 lumens, 2700°K, and a flood, rather than spot.  It's the first one I had really liked the diffusion on. They say they are OK for recessed cans, or wet locations. 

 

A couple of weeks later, I came across a huge display of these at Costco with an instant rebate that took the price down to  $6.  I bought a dozen of them.  The price may have been a mistake, because when I went back a week later for another eight the price was up to $12, but I would still regard that as a good deal. I don't know how well they will last (two months of fairly heavy use on one) but for the price they are far better than the CFLs' they replace.  Too much packaging, though. 

 

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