What is the Average Rated Lifetime hours for your bulbs?
We see this question often enough that we thought we’d make a blog post of it, since we answered it this morning.
The question is about that multi-tens-of-thousands of hours specification that is associated with LED Christmas light products.
Why don’t we make a big deal of it?
Because we like to set our customer’s expectations properly.
We still remember when LED light strings were spec’d with 19 years of “expected” lifespan. That’s a pretty tall order if a string of lights is installed on a beach in the Bahamas or installed in the Rockies during a harsh winter. It’s not practical. These specifications are for “in-vaccum” perfect use, and they don’t take into account wear and tear on light string wiring or corrosion on bulb bases due to the environment.
Do LED lights last longer than incandescent lights?
Most of the time, the answer to this question is YES. For an environment with a high amount of noise and impulses on the line, though, this answer would turn to a NO—especially if a surge protector isn’t used.
LED light strings and bulbs are durable, fade-resistant, use up to 90% less energy (or even better for some products) than their incandescent counterparts, but their ultimate lifespan is determined by their installation environment, quality of electrical input, and the general squirrel population in your neighborhood. Squirrels. We hates them (the squirrels).
Today’s Actual Customer Question
What is the Average Rating Lifetime Hours for your LEDB-G50-E26-WMW LED Bulb?
The specified average rating for comparison to other products is 50,000 hours. This specification is like Miles Per Gallon on the last car you purchased, It is a guideline, not a promise. This is one of those estimated terms (like that MPG) from the engineers who designed the bulbs that may or may not ultimately hold true in your environment, but it is a good one to use to make sure you are comparing apples to apples as you research your purchase.
Ultimately, the lifespan of the bulbs will depend on the physical environment of the installation and the quality of the electrical input. For instance, near Niagara Falls, where power is generated hydroelectrically, if the LED products aren’t on a surge protector, then they won’t last as long as they could. They’ll be zapped.
We offer a 90-day warranty on all our products—plenty of time to determine if there is a manufacturing defect.
We do see a very low initial failure rate in our LED bulbs—on the order of about .5%.
We’ve had overall had strong positive customer response to our LED bulbs used in application. Note that some are dimmable and others are not. Non-dimmable bulbs are not tailored for automation application.
Hope that helps answer your question. Let me know if you have any others.
The Customer Service Team
Christmas Light Source