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LED Tubes at Costco - Died after 11 months

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OMG. One of my LED Tubes died after 11 months.  It's supposed to last 45 years.  It didn't even make 1 year.  I am disappointed. 

I took it back the next day (Costco handled it no problem) - and I bought the same pair as a replacement.  I hope they last 45 years as they promise.  This was a little hassle (waste of my time), but I was glad I bought them from Costco.  Imagine if I bought them from elsewhere, or online store, etc..  then I'll have to package it and ship them back???  I avoided a major hassle because I shopped at Costco.  

Buying a defective item is something you cannot avoid. It's nobody's fault.

Below is my blog from 11 months ago - about the light tube.

 

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The new technology is here.  And it's available at Costco.  This is quickly becoming an old news.  But, for now, I am excited about this new technology.

You can now replace 4 feet florescent tubes with LEDs without modifying internal wiring of the fixture.  You simply replace the tubes.  They are expensive, but not by much.  I replaced 4 tubes in the kitchen ceiling, and I am happy about how they perform.  They save electricity.  They will last 45 years.  So, I wrote down the installation date on the tubes.  If they stop working after only 44 years, I will take them back for a refund.

Technical Info

  • Uses 17 Watts (instead of normal 40 Watts)
  • Instant on
  • No humming (buzzing) noise.
  • Cool white 4100k color
  • 50,000 run hours (45 years in normal use)

Below: "11-04" written by the prior home owner. 
This irritates me.  Did he mean November 2004? or April 2011 ?

Comments

Comment: 

I was joking about returning them in 44 years.

Honestly, I wouldn't know what to do if one of my bulbs dies in 7 years (instead of 45).  What if they all die in 5 years.. I'm not sure.

By john

Comment: 

Do you really return bulbs that don't live as long as advertised?

Reason I ask is because I replaced all of the incandescent BR30 recessed lights in my house with CFL br30's and they'll last 1-2 years. They weren't cheap when I bought them and I didn't keep the dead ones when they burnt out one by one. I kind of feel guilty if I'm bringing in one bulb with no packaging. Should I be overlooking this guilt? Is this not frowned upon?

By Rich (not verified)

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