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Junk Home Depot Sold Colored CFL Bulbs
Posted by Slimjim on 12/20/2011
Home depot sold Feit CFL Bulbs
Home depot sold Feit CFL Bulbs
Compact fluorescent bulbs have been popular long enough now that anyone manufacturing them should be able to make a decent one, but these colored versions sold at The Home Depot are just junk. I though they would be a great addition to our holiday display, allowing me to replace many of our house's existing outdoor soffit lights with these colored ones for the season. Bought 7 red/green mix and installed 4 first, which started running after Thanksgiving. Within a week, one of the reds failed and I had to exchange it. Now three weeks later, another died with a third coming and going intermittently.

That's 3 of eight with problems. Home Depot lists them as usable out doors, and mine are even covered from the elements. Says they last seven years on the packages and I'm just hoping to get 7 days more out of them.

I use white CFLs in these cans year round and never have issues. These things are extremely poorly made and a waste of $5. Look for another brand like I will next year or suck it up and buy incandescent. Far better to have a reliable bulb for a couple of cents more in electricity.

     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-12-20:
The package looks attractive with the exception of the name "Feit". Might as well say "Feet" or "Foot".

Great review, and a good warning for HD shoppers..
Posted by Slimjim on 2011-12-20:
I just did a quick search and found many complaints about these, even a class-action filed,
http://www.sueeasy.com/class_action_detail.php?case_id=315
What a shame, they appear to be American made in Michigan. I would have thought better.
Posted by Churro on 2011-12-20:
I've been using CFL bulbs getting close to a decade now and I've yet to have one go out. I'll be sure to avoid this brand at all costs.

Thanks for the lesson learned Slimjim.
Posted by Old Timer on 2011-12-20:
For once we can't blame the Chinese. Good info to know.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-12-20:
I remember back in the day having the solid blue bulbs, red ones, yellow, etc...and thought they were the coolest thing this side of grilled cheese. Good review! I will try and avoid these on my next trip.
Posted by Slimjim on 2011-12-20:
Pretty sad huh OT. Same here Churro. Maybe I had one burn out after a couple years of running all night, every night. These just appear to be a bad brand, white or colored.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-12-20:
Those are not only crap but they are ugly too!
I'm hoarding all the regurlar bulbs in different watts and three ways...won't be long before they are completely off the shelves.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-12-20:
I didn't know you lived in the red light district!
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-12-21:
You'll have to beat me to it, DB. I'm hoarding those bulbs, too. There's nothing like a good, old-fashioned light bulb.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-12-21:
You hoard them in your state and I'll hoard them in Ohio. Internet orders are first come first served!
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-12-21:
Deal!

My husband and I have been having an ongoing argument over those dumb bulbs. I take them out as fast as he screws them in!.. haha
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-12-21:
You can't even dispose them...and you have to call in the men in spacesuits if you break one!
Posted by Churro on 2011-12-21:
I'm sure one of my ancestors hoarded buggy whips.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-12-21:
I'd like to buy one of those Churro! And I'm sure YaYa and Skye would like one as well.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-12-21:
You can't even dispose of them.. that's another reason. I wonder how many people just throw them away.
Posted by Churro on 2011-12-21:
LOL, okay. Ya know aside from putting them in a bag and into the trash or dropping them off at many recycling drop offs at big box places like lowes or home depot.
Posted by Alain on 2011-12-21:
Slimjim, thank you for the warning. I'll avoid these Feit junkers. In fact, given this information, I'll be avoiding their brand all together.
Posted by MRM on 2011-12-21:
DB, it was just announced that the government will not get rid of the regular light bulbs. There was one guy on the news who bought 200 bulbs and stored in his closet.
Posted by CowboyFan on 2011-12-21:
He only bought 200 bulbs? When I heard the announcement I bought about $200.00 worth of bulbs which were on sale, so that I bought something like 600 - 800 bulbs (two-thirds were 100 watts, one-third 60 watts). How many bulbs does one need for the rest of your life? I like the soft glow of regular light bulbs, better than the harsh glow of the energy saving bulbs.

The news say that a congressional ban to spend money to enforce the prohibition against these bulbs was passed, which means although the regulation is still in effect, there is no money to enforce. The article indicates that at least though 2012, there would be no enforcement action against sellers or manufacturers.

The thing to buy now is Primatine Mist, which is not being sold after the first of the year because it contains aerosol or some such nonsense.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-12-21:
"What a shame, they appear to be American made in Michigan. I would have thought better."

Yep - I myself have bought "Made in America" only to discover I ended up with unreliable junk. There are capitalists everywhere looking to make a buck, some produce better goods than others. The ones who make junk sometimes go out of business after earning a black eye.
Posted by Slimjim on 2012-01-03:
I actually had yet another one go completely dead on New Years eve. Unbelievable! These may be the crappiest light bulbs I have ever seen.
Posted by KevinTX on 2012-01-25:
I've had two of their Feit yellow bulbs in my front porch lights for over 6 months now.. no problems at all. I bought mine from Amazon, and I don't think they are considered 'Party Bulbs' as they sell at Home Depot.
Posted by fmr on 2012-01-25:
With Home Depot or Lowe's, I simply return material or devices that don't live up to their advertised specifications and either get a credit or a replacement.
Posted by pcp on 2013-02-12:
I'm not sure what's wrong your bulbs I've had mine for 2months running in my lamp. Im and horrible at turning my lamp off sometimes it goes three days on non stop. I recently bought the pink one thanks to my new addiction to pink. I gave my brother my old red and its fine
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