I wanted to change a couple bulbs in one room as I was tired of the daylight CFL's that were installed there.
It seemed like I could not find ANY standard LED bulb for under $3-$4 per bulb.
Then, early this week, I was watching some video, and it continued on to a guy evaluating LED's.
He mentioned his surprise to find the Sunbeam 9 watt (60W equivalent) bulbs from Dollar Tree to be well constructed.
He completely dissected that bulb like the kids dissect a frog in 10th grade Biology class.
Well,, I couldn't resist,, I was off to Dollar Tree,, I had to go buy a dozen.
When I got to the cash register, I thought the check out clerk was gonna treat me like a kook,,
because I was purchasing so many bulbs.
When it was my turn, the clerk said "Hi", then she said,, "Aren't these a good buy!? Most people are buying 20 to 40!"
The bulbs come in a cardboard "flat" of 20 bulbs.
Each bulb I installed surprised me more than the one before,, the bulbs have a nice color,, start instantly,, and give off LOTS of light.
Some of my CFL's were long over-due for replacement,,
I can hardly believe how long we have put up with those "slow to start" horrible color corkscrews.
Dollar Tree only has one wattage,, and one color temperature,, so, you do not have to waste a lot of time deciding on which bulb.
The bulbs are all installed,, they all worked, no infant mortality,,
So, now,, we will see how long they last,,,
One of the reasons I have been hesitant to switch to LED's is their construction technique.
The dozen or so LED's in the bulb are wired in series,, if one LED goes out, the bulb fails,,
The CFL's were billed as the "Last Bulb You Ever Need To Purchase,,,"
Now, LED's are filling that slot,,
I wonder how many of the 50,000 hour expected life will I get out of these bulbs?
Hmmmm,, a dozen bulbs, each 9 watts,,50,000 hours,, with what I pay for electricity,,
the bulbs will use only $540 in electricity.
The savings will only be true if the bulbs last,,,