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  # 2347354 1-Nov-2019 18:54
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I replaced all our bulbs 6 months ago with FSL units from PBTech which didn't cost much and haven't had any failures thus far.

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  # 2347397 1-Nov-2019 20:35
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I have given up on Orbit LED bulbs and switched to Phillips.

 

What surprises me is how hot LED bulbs are just above the metal cap. Too hot to touch!


 
 
 
 


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  # 2347412 1-Nov-2019 21:36
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I have 1 phillips hue "flickerer" out of one house lot. Have not replaced it yet, after several years.

 

 


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  # 2347429 2-Nov-2019 00:14
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I've had a few cheap Chinese LED's ex ebay fail after a few months to a year, but also one Philips E27 LED bulb out of four in my office fail after a bit less than 2 years. Bunnings replaced it. 


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  # 2347478 2-Nov-2019 09:30
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Have only had Philips, and had 1 fail out of 50 over 5 years.



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  # 2347487 2-Nov-2019 09:54
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It seems the general consensus is most people have had a few fail a couple of years ago, but things have mostly stabilised with the current batches that are being made. 

 

That is mostly inline with what I've experienced. 
For eg, instead of 15 or so bulbs failing over two large properties over about a year, i'm only getting about 2-4 failing in total over about the 12 month period. 

 

If this has been happening worldwide that is alot more plastic to break down globally that the old Glass and Metal Candescent.

 

Its been a really poor experience too. I emailed the Masterelectricians.org.nz but never heard back.


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  # 2347528 2-Nov-2019 09:58
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I replaced every bulb in the 40+ light fittings with LED bulbs about eight years ago and have had one bulb fail yet. 

 

I've even swapped about 8+ 'dumb' LED bulbs for Philips Hue bulbs about five years ago to provide more control, etc. Again still no failures. 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2347557 2-Nov-2019 12:03
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My experience is you get what you pay for - my favorite brand so far is Cree. I’ve used at least 70 of them and the only ones that have died are a couple my father-in-law used in his kitchen led killer downlights (bad to the point I think he needs to get that circuit replaced).

It’s not just longevity either, the color (some have gross purple in them), CRI and flicker are all improved in the pricier bulbs I’ve purchased from reputable brands. I had a cheap brand that felt like it weighed half as much, I can only imagine it does a worse job at sinking waste heat away.

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  # 2347645 2-Nov-2019 17:36
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Replaced all the bulbs in the house when we moved in with the Mitre 10 special of the day, Orbit at the time. So far after 18+ months have had zero failures, zero flickering and zero complaints from the boss. Couldn't justify 10 bucks a bulb for 40+ fixtures when moving in.


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  # 2348010 4-Nov-2019 10:11
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Have had early failures (months rather than years of life) in Orbit and GE branded LEDs, mostly in the GU10 type.

 

Switched to Philips and have had no issues with them.





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  # 2348028 4-Nov-2019 11:13
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I brought about 20 B22 LED bulbs off Aliexpress back in 2012 (they were USD$15 ea back then, and about $50+ in NZ.  I've had virtually 100% failure rate on them but its not the LED or circuit board that dies, its just the driver inside.  So I ordered a bunch of drivers and when one fails I disassemble the bulb, unsolder it and resolder the new one in and its good again.  Takes about 10mins each.  Some bulbs have probably been replaced several times (I stopped keeping track).





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  # 2348048 4-Nov-2019 11:58
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Amosnz:

 

I brought about 20 B22 LED bulbs off Aliexpress back in 2012 (they were USD$15 ea back then, and about $50+ in NZ.  I've had virtually 100% failure rate on them but its not the LED or circuit board that dies, its just the driver inside.  So I ordered a bunch of drivers and when one fails I disassemble the bulb, unsolder it and resolder the new one in and its good again.  Takes about 10mins each.  Some bulbs have probably been replaced several times (I stopped keeping track).

 

 

Where do you source your drivers? I wouldn't mind resuscitating some of mine.

 

 





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  # 2348049 4-Nov-2019 12:02
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Rikkitic:

 

Amosnz:

 

I brought about 20 B22 LED bulbs off Aliexpress back in 2012 (they were USD$15 ea back then, and about $50+ in NZ.  I've had virtually 100% failure rate on them but its not the LED or circuit board that dies, its just the driver inside.  So I ordered a bunch of drivers and when one fails I disassemble the bulb, unsolder it and resolder the new one in and its good again.  Takes about 10mins each.  Some bulbs have probably been replaced several times (I stopped keeping track).

 

 

Where do you source your drivers? I wouldn't mind resuscitating some of mine.

 

 

 

 

Same. Watching.


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  # 2348060 4-Nov-2019 12:18
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russelo:

 

Rikkitic:

 

Where do you source your drivers? I wouldn't mind resuscitating some of mine.

 

 

Same. Watching.

 

 

Aliexpress as well but the last ones i got (Jan 2016) aren't available anymore.

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1972165003.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4dTQDqns

 

 





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  # 2348161 4-Nov-2019 15:34
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I purchased a bunch of Panasonic ones from PBTech a while back; had 2 fail (of about 15). Also did a bunch (20+) of OSRAM GU5.3 ones from Bunnings and have had a few let go over a range of time and locations (ie not isolated to a specific curcuit etc), but with these ones I took them back to Bunnings and they replaced them for me without question (I had the box and the receipt showing 25,000 hours lifespan - hard to argue)


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