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    Default Another LoA dim-out

    Along a regular walking route, someone installed a 2W LoA LED bulb
    over an apartment garage door. Bulb has a clear round globe and square
    beam up the centre with small rectangular SMT LEDs along the edges.
    It doesn't emit much light, and there are streetlights nearby, so I hardly
    see the point, but it's there and running day/night for the last couple
    of months.

    At first, it was hard to make out indivual LEDs due to brightness and
    dazzle. Now, after only 1000 hours, it has noticibly dimmed, and I can
    see each LED. Looks like LoA hasn't learned from the previous version,
    the infamous showerhead design. I imagine another dissatisfied customer
    soon, cursing LED bulbs.

    I spoke to folks at a local, well-respected hardware outlet nearby, which
    sells these bulbs. They were interested to hear about these issues, but
    they continue to sell them. I noticed the original showerhead bulb is now
    "discontinued"...wonder why.

    Dave

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    Default Re: Another LoA dim-out

    I don't think Lights of America puts out a quality product, but I have noticed that sometimes you get lucky with the showerheads. We have a few that are over 17,000 hours and while not as bright as initially, they are a lot better than the ones that dimmed considerably after less than 5,000 hours. Of course, these do work a lot better in intermittent duty than the continous service as the ones I'm talking about. We use them to make the front of our house visible and the exact intensity my mom desires, otherwise we would need to use 15 watt incandescent lamps.

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    Default Re: Another LoA dim-out

    A week or so ago, the bulb seems to have died completely. I estimate less than
    4000 hours total on the clock.I guess this confirms the usual suspicions about
    this type of bulb.

    Dave

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