Before you throw your money away on LED bulbs:
A California federal court recently entered judgment against Lights of America Inc. and its two owners for exaggerating the performance of the company’s Light Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs on packaging and in brochures. The court had previously entered detailed findings of fact, concluding that the defendants overstated the light output and life expectancy of their bulbs and made misleading comparisons to other light bulbs. Defendants initially claimed that the LED lamps had a 30,000-hour life and lasted “15 times longer than 2,000 hour incandescent bulbs,” then later revised the claim to state that the bulbs had a 12,000-hour life and lasted “6 times longer than 2,000 hour incandescent bulbs.” In reality, according to the court, the defendants’ testing showed that the bulbs lasted no more than “a few thousand hours.” The court’s recent order requires a payment of more than $21 million to the FTC, most of which will be available for refunds to consumers.
Snake oil sales come in many shapes and sizes. To me, for what they charge for these things, LED bulbs a complete ripoff. Especially when CFLs are like a buck a piece. I have several that have lasted over 5 years, even when used daily. The ones in the bathroom only seem to last a year or so, but I guess I understand why. Lots of on & off cycles. But still, for the price, CFLs are "smart" enough for me at the moment.