LED Life of 100,000hrs?

Discussion in 'Power it up with Electronics' started by devinmurray99, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. devinmurray99

    devinmurray99 Well-Known Member

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    To maintain consistency (in brightness and color) of 2 original 4" SeaSense Strip LEDs I bought/installed in 2005, last year I installed 3 more in my really dark dry storage compartments. Last week I ran the boat and all my electronics before this cold snap and I noticed that a few of my original lights (6 LEDs in each strip) are not lighting up. I checked online and the company claims a 100,000 hr life for the product. Since 2005 I have probably used them 250 hrs tops. I checked my wiring and it is flawless all the way to the fuse board. Anyone else had a similar LED problems with this brand?

    Guess it is not safe to assume that all LEDs are created equal.
     
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Like all lighting products, what's advertised usually isn't what you end up with.
    Compact fluorescent bulbs were supposed to be cheaper to run and last longer
    than a comparable incandescent bulb. But in reality the initial cost of a pack of
    CFB's is much higher than a similar sized pack of ICB's. Lifespan of the CFB's
    hasn't been better than the old style ICB's. Then there's the disposal problem
    of all mercury vapor products. With LED's, the advertising is based on the original
    design specifications that were developed in the research labs, but production bulbs
    are made using cheaper quality materials, components and don't use the original design.

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=lighting.pr_what_are
     

  3. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    I have a friend that is an engineer of things like this and he swears they last a lifetime - unless the hair size wires get corrosion, then they will fail quickly.

    In line with Brett. If made and sealed properly, should last a lifetime.
     
  4. cutrunner

    cutrunner Cert. Yamaha technician

    I believe it. Out on the water is no lab environment... Especially with the introduction of salt water, and salty air. Those two and electrical current dont get along too well. Leds are supposed to never go bad huh? Then why do they have a whole section in west marine for replacement bulbs for nav/anchor and every other kinda led light? I still like them for their low power draw and blilliance in color.
     
  5. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Too many businesses have changed their operating model from providing a quality product,
    to providing a product that will require repairs/replacement at a predetermined time.
    The business model is no longer based on producing an efficient, durable product
    but rather the recurring profits to be made from overpriced parts, shipping costs and service.
    There is no pride in product in the world of big business anymore, only greed.
     
  6. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    Amen brother Brett!