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Hi all

I wondered what people's opinions are on the Electrek LED light bulbs available from Poundland for the bargain price of... you guessed it... £1!!! :roll: On closer inspection it would look like they are actually made by/for Poundland too.

I have had a couple of them for probably the best part of a year. One died after a few months. The other is still going, but it does see less use. I'm happy to accept that longevity might be questionable. But what I've really come to ask is how safe are they? I had a cheap bulb blow on me before (can't remember what type, but not LED) and there is still the burn mark to remind me on the carpet. I'm just glad I was here when it happened. So what about these cheapo LED bulbs, are they safe? Or a potential fire risk? Or any other types of risk that I should be concerned about before I start using more of them?

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they need to be tested as compliant with eu regs as in safe by the importer/distributor
unlike the carp you get direct from china that may or may not be safe even with a C/E mark which some exporters claim it means china export so not compliant

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Have a look at bigclive on youtube he has pulled many a led bulb apart, all of them low lost and some of them "cheap"

sub £5 bulbs tend to come out of china, led quality depends on what's for sale in the Shenzhen market that day

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Hi all

Thanks for the helpful replies. I'll check out bigclive as soon as I've sorted out a problem I'm having with my PC (no sound). It will be interesting to see what he has to say. Seems there are quite a few of his vids that will be helpful...

At the end of the day, I like the Electrek/Poundland bulbs in terms of the amount of light they give off, the "colour", etc. etc. I really like them. I just want them to be safe. And if they can last for more than just a few months that would be great too. But safety is what I'm most interested in.

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On the whole most LED lamps are "safe" .............provided you don't touch them when they are on.

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