Modern LED light bulb, Uruguay

Behold an 8 watt bulb twice as efficient as the toxic and wretched compact fluorescents, which seldom come close to their promised eight year life span. This could have a life span twice that or more (according to the guy who manufactures them, ahem). And it runs on 110-240 volts! What’s not to like, even at 18 bucks a pop?

When one blinks out after five months, and the supermarket doesn’t give refunds on light bulbs, that’s what.

However, the store promised to check our repairing it, and call me back. In Latin America, when a business promises to call you back, it generally means we’re through talking. Go away. Knowing the distributor of these lights (who also replaced all the store’s fluorescent bulbs with LEDs), I figured I had a fallback plan.

A couple of weeks and a few in-person inquiries later, the store really did call back saying they had una solución. They gave me a credit for the full price – nice! I promptly bought another.

I note with interest that some of the first light bulbs manufactured are still burning 100 years later.  Why can’t they last that long now? The bottom line: it really is a conspiracy.

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