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    Default Surefire bulb burn out question

    I bought my friend a G2 as a wedding present a few months back, which he loves. He has used 2 or 3 sets of batteries on the P60 LA, and now it doesn't work. I tested it in my G2, with different batteries, and nothing. There appears to be no problem with the filament. I had a P91 explode on me, that was very noticable. Do SF bulbs stop working randomly, without sign of what's wrong? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/help.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Surefire bulb burn out question

    I remember reading in the forum that sometimes a LA just goes out without warning, probably a defect or a fluke. Just send it back for a free replacement. GOOD LUCK

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    Default Re: Surefire bulb burn out question

    I emailed surefire about my exploded P91 and they sent a new one no questions asked. But I feel awkward about sending two failure emails in one month. I don't want them to think I'm trying to scam or something.

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    Default Re: Surefire bulb burn out question

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    MXDan said:
    I emailed surefire about my exploded P91 and they sent a new one no questions asked. But I feel awkward about sending two failure emails in one month. I don't want them to think I'm trying to scam or something.

    [/ QUOTE ] Just send it back. You're not actually trying to scam them.

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    Default Re: Surefire bulb burn out question

    My friends and I compared notes on our Surefires for the first time in a long time -- we're all seeing lots of bulb failures. Burnout in one or two sets of batteries, breakage on even short drops, etc. Quality of a flashlight means quality of the lamps as well, especially when the lamps are as expensive as the P6*/P9* lamps. I don't think it's there.

    That's why I'm trying to wean myself off Surefire incandescents -- the beam and machining quality may be there, but bulb quality isn't. My exception is the E2, whose bulbs have been holding up really nicely for me. None of my other friends own an E2 so I can't compare with anyone else.

    Joe

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    Default Re: Surefire bulb burn out question

    Just let me tell you my personal experience. I have run through about 6 dozens of CR123s in my M2 Millennium with the supplied P61 bulb and 2 dozens CR123s in my G2Z with P60 bulbs and have no problems with it. My E2e has only been through about 3 battery changes so I have nothing to wow about.

    Andy Ho

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    Default Re: Surefire bulb burn out question

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    Joe Talmadge said:
    That's why I'm trying to wean myself off Surefire incandescents.......My exception is the E2, whose bulbs have been holding up really nicely for me...



    [/ QUOTE ] I'm SF incandescent free myself. I realised their bulb problem a while ago and have avoided them. If I were to buy an incandescent it would be a streamlight. For now I've been happy with my L4 and E1e/KL1.

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