Stopped at a DT on the way home today and picked up 6 of the 40W equivalents. They’re much cooler than the 2700K CFL bulbs I replaced. I honestly can’t see how they’re anywhere near 3000K as rated. They look closer to 5000K to my eye but I’m no expert. Still a killer value for LED bulbs if they are even half decent which they certainly appear to be. I didn’t know what was being referred to about the 3 packs until after I bought them. I’ll have to stop on my way home tomorrow to see if I can find those. Great thread by the way. :THUMBS-UP:
I would say the WW 60W equivalents 3pks are also about 5000K. No real yellow to be seen. But certainly not the Daylight white of the Cree I have from a couple years back. Its a good inbetween, a good bright light. No shadows as the daylight make yet my work area is very well lit. Too early to tell if they will dim out a bit but with 3 of them in the ceiling fan together, it would not matter in my use for now. Hope they last.
Years ago Harbor Freight carried the Feit Electric incandescent bulbs. They had very long life and slightly higher Voltage rating I think was 125 or 130V. They really did last longer than ordinary bulbs of the time. I hope the reputation still holds in the LED line.
went back again today. grabbed a flat of 6x 3pks. Lady at the counter took out one box to scan and then counted how many there were… proceeded to scan the box in hand five times. I saved her the embarrassment of her error. $5.30 please.
Today was more curiosity than to get more lights. The endcap was restocked fully. There are 2 other DT stores within 15 miles of my town. A friend stopped by another and there were no 3pks of lights there.
well the influx of dollar store crap rears its ugly head again!
dayton oh store got in these home luminaire 60w led bulbs.
super light weight meaning no heatsinking.
the ul file number e486088 is not valid!
will test and teardown shortly.
very thin aluminum sleeve into the plastic base.base gets hot in free air.so it does transfer heat.expect these to have a short life as the led plate hits 200f in about 5 minutes with the dome off.expect very quick failure if installed in a closed fixture.
I just want to point out that the FEIT bulbs that I posted about are of the same product line as the ones sold by Home Depot.
Today I was in a shopping center that had a Home Depot and a Dollar Tree just a couple of hundred feet from each other.
Home Depot had these FEIT’s on clearance at 25% off at $7.56. Of course the ones at Dollar Tree were $1
Both of these bulbs were made to sell for $10 or so.
3pks of the Feit 60W equivalent are all gone. At my local DT.
Did have another buddy confirm a different (huge) store had them too last week. He said there was a wall stacked with them.
I have been going back once or twice a week… no more bulbs in the stores I’ve checked. Maybe my timing is off. When I ask about the “LED bulbs”, nobody seems to have any idea about when they last had them, when they’ll have them again, or what days their goods get delivered.
Of the two that I popped the domes off of, I haven’t torn them down any further. I’ve just dealt with the LEDs and current limiter, chip voltages and calculated currents.
The weird 8.6 - 8.8v per chip values… The LED specs have changed since I first started looking into them. I doubt these are Nichia chips, but in digging into modern White LED mult-die surface mount chips, I see lower voltages overall. The SMT LEDs seem to tend towards 3v, with multi-die chips being multiples of that - so, 3v, 6v, 9v, 18v chips would be expected… 8.6v? 8.8v? I did see a Luxeon multi-die SMT LED that spec’d 8.5v.
Whatever, I think they’re a great deal IF you can find them.
I never found any of the three packs but I did find the single 40W and 60W equivalents at two different DT locations that are on my route home. I have a bunch of them around my house now. Great value even at $1 each though I wish I could have found the three packs. I’ve found the 60W to be a pretty nice neutral tint while the 40W are much cooler even though both are listed at 5000K. Now I’m nervous that I should have bought more. I’ll check in the way home again today.
Stopped in to my Local DT to feed my need for the Fudge Striped Shortbread Cookies.
No LED bulbs to be found, no singles, no triple packs… nothin.
Grabbed a refill bottle of the Awesome Orange cleaner degreaser too.
It’s funny, I stopped in DT tonight too, to get some chips for the BIG game tonight!
UCONN women against a really good South Carolina team. UCONN is going for 100 in a row.
Of course I looked for LED bulbs, none to be found, just the empty cartons for the 1 packs of the FEIT 60W bulbs
I just got back from a trip from CT to Ohio and back. I checked some DT’s in NY, PA and Ohio for the 3 packs. I didn’t even see any 1 packs of LED’s
They’ll be back.
I wish i would find 1 euro led bulbs over here!
So far they are in the 7 euro range… but i may have missed better deals.
Yeah, I read your posting asking for good cheap Chinese bulbs. Of course the ones at DT are probably made in China, but a store like DT has already determined what bulbs are good enough for their customers. Also the $1 bulbs at DT are a dollar because of State subsidies.
I don’t know about the last part…
DT in Virginia are privately owned franchise stores, AFAICT. I don’t think that Virginia participates in any subsidies or rebates. What we get at DT is because… it’s carried by DT. The state isn’t putting $$ in the pockets of the store owners to carry the bulbs. If that were the case, I think I’d see something similar at HD, Lowe’s, WW, Target, etc.
Actually, if I were a state, and that is what I wanted to do, I’d give the “rebate” to the purchaser, on proof of purchase. A little less chance of shenanigans and tom-foolery.
“Yes… I sold $36,000 worth of $ light bulbs last week. Here is my proof.”
“Um… why does it say coconut water, greeting cards, batteries, snacks, and… ‘cheap crap’?”
“I think it’s a computer glitch. Can I just get my subsidies? I have to catch a plane to South America…”
However, if the state IS giving subsidies in CT, then congratulations on getting the state to redistribute OPM!
Yeh, went to the DT myself today. Hit it bout once every two weeks. Never seen any LED bulbs yet. All I got was some black olives and 4 packs/dollar French Breakfast radish seeds
I keep looking for LED bulbs….maybe next time.
I asked at the closest DT about the bulbs. I asked when they would get new stock in. I got two diff’t answers from two diff’t people. Granted, it was on two different days, but still…
If I thought they had time and inclination to answer the phone, I’d just call every day until I got bulbs or got tired (or they got tired of seeing my number in the caller id…).
I got a dozen each of the Lowes LED bulbs in 40 and 60 watts for a buck each last December 2015. They are now in their 14th month of service on my front porch light and lamp post light. They burn @ 15 hours a day. That’s pretty good service so far. Regular incans lasted only 4-5 and sometimes 6 months.
Glad I was able to get in on the BlackFriday from Lowes . Good buys.
FYI, one out of 3 of my local dollar stores had the globe LED for life BR30 bulbs for $1 each. None of the stores had the regular A19 bulbs there are mentioned in this thread.
sorry, meant to get a photo in store but forgot.
The shape makes me think of a flood light. Is it, and, if so, what do you think of the light distribution?
They’re back again….
Couldnt walk past them, bought 4 more packs.
Well, if they ever come back here, I’ll by FIVE PACKS! (er, last time I counted, I figured I could spend $20 on the single bulb packs… how am I going to explain coming home with 60 LED bulbs? Oh well, I’ll worry about that when it happens…)