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Example Product:


General Characteristics & Specifications:

Base Description Medium Screw

Base Type Screw-In
Bulb Finishes and Colors Frost
Filament C-9
Rated Life Hours-nominal 1500 h
Primary Application
Ceiling Fan
Bulb Material Soft glass
Product Technology Incandescent
Base E26
Bulb Shape A15
Wattage 40 W
Input Voltage [nom] 120 V

As we all know, lighting is essential in our world today. Most activities, especially indoor require
proper lighting. That's where bulbs come essential, they provide lighting for all type of uses, as long as
there is electricity. The example product given for this research paper is an 40W LED Light Bulb from
General Electric. Bulbs are generally easy to install and use, you just plug them into a socket with an
electrical source and theyre ready to go. LED bulbs provide the same amount of Lumens (Brightness)
while consuming significantly less power compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. They are also
much more reliable, because of its efficiency, they last much longer than other types of bulbs like
mentioned above.

2.) Seen from the specifications above, the product is very reliable in terms of its applications. It
can be installed anywhere and be used in manner the consumer wants as long as there is an
electrical source. It is also durable enough and can last for as long as 1500 hours, amounting to
2 months of continued use. The information above provides the consumer a preview of what to
expect from the product. It is essential in creating a deciding factor when choosing a certain
brand or product.

Are your LED light bulbs burning out too soon?

Article taken from:

LED light bulbs have a tendency to make grand claims about their lifespan its common to see
manufacturers promise bulbs will last 25,000 or even 50,000 hours. But weve found many
failing well before this.
One of the attractions of LED light bulbs is that theyre supposed to last a long time. And so if youre
shelling out for these bulbs typically more expensive than other types of light bulb youll want to be
sure that theyll live up to those claims.
But our tests show that not only do many LED light bulbs stop working before the end of their
promised lifespan, some dont even reach the soon-to-be-implemented EU minimum lifespan of 6,000
hours. We discovered bulbs from both Ikea and TCP that failed to reach the 6,000 hour mark for the
majority of samples we tested.

Ikea bulb among failures

In the tests which were carried out by Which? and our European partner organisations we took five
samples each of 46 different bulbs. The bulbs were switched on for two hours and 45 minutes, then
switched off for 15 minutes, in a continuous cycle until they burned out.
Five different bulbs stopped working before the 6,000 hour mark for the majority of samples we tested,
though the TCP and Ikea bulbs were the only ones which were sold in the UK. Both have since been
New EU regulations which will come in from 1 March 2014 say that 90% of any batch of LED light
bulbs should last at least 6,000 hours.
Another five bulbs stopped working before the 10,000 hour mark for the majority of samples we tested,
despite claiming lifespans of at least 25,000 hours. None of these bulbs were sold in the UK.
In total, 66 of the 230 samples we tested failed before the 10,000 hour mark, though they all claimed
they would last at least 15,000 hours.

Has your bulb burned out early?

Ikea said the bulb had passed its own tests and those in a third-party lab. Its looking into why the bulb
failed our test and has removed it from sale in countries where it was still available.
TCP said it was already aware of the problem with this bulb and withdrew it from sale when they
discovered the problem. TCP added that it no longer deals with the supplier of that particular bulb and
now make their LED bulbs in-house.
Were in the process of testing the life span of many more LED bulbs, and well update you if we find
others that burn out prematurely. But we also want to hear from you have you bought bulbs that
havent lasted as long as they should?

The article above details the failure of LED light bulbs before their advertised lifespan was reached.
Based from the article, the cause of its failure is from continued use due to testing. The root cause of
this was not detailed by the manufacturers as stated in the article. As consequence, the manufacturers
had to pull out their product from sales while Ikea also had to hire a third-party lab to retest their
product. No specific amount was detailed in the article, but from seeing how big this companies are and
how extensive they're importation of products are, it is safe to say that a mishap like would've cost this
companies millions of dollars.