With the increased interest in LED lighting, as people look to replace home and office lighting with LED bulbs, there's also increased interest in a good buy. Plenty of people want to know where they can find a good, cheap LED bulb.
Unfortunately, "good" and "cheap" rarely go together, and LED buyers need to be careful about saving a little money for a low-quality lighting experience that they'll have to deal with for several years. Especially when today's quality LED bulbs don't cost much more.
That's why we encourage a "value" buy rather than a "cheap" buy. Because value means you're getting a good deal on a quality bulb. Let's review the reasons to show some caution around cheap LED bulbs:
Even with incandescent bulbs, you could buy a brand name bulb and still have some bulbs die early. In fact, rated life is the point at which half of all light bulbs in a batch will have already died; so when incandescent bulbs are rated for 1000 hours, this means half will die within the first 1000 hours, and some could die quite early; the other half will die at some point after 1000 hours.
The same is the case with LED bulbs. Even within name brands, some will not perform as well as they're expected to. But overall, companies you know have extremely valuable brands that they need to protect, and hitting the market with bulbs that fail often is a bad idea for business. Meanwhile, unknown companies have no brand to protect -- for them, selling may be much more about today's dollar.
This is why we encourage "value" buys rather than "cheap" buys, and why we primarily carry name brand LEDs. With LED pricing today, buying "cheap" somewhere else doesn't save you much compared to buying "value" from Lighting Supply. And we think you'll often enjoy a much better lighting experience when you make this kind of buy!