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RE: [greenyes] LED not Replaceable
When I was researching this topic for holiday outreach materials it appeared that several of the companies including the one you mention specifically marketed their bulbs as being non-replaceable.  According to these companies the strands are made to be so durable that a single bulb would not fail and need to be replaced, so the entire strand would have a much longer lifespan.  It is quite disappointing to hear that they are not quite as durable as they advertised.  They may offer some sort of warranty/guarantee although that certainly doesn't resolve the resource waste issue. Apparently LED strands that and wired in parallel do exist, so maybe that is the way to go. However, I have had a hard time locating them. Has anyone out there found LED light strands wired in parallel? 

This link discusses the rationale for non-replaceable lights:

The same discussion appears on the forever-bright website (I copied their text below):

Our patented manufacturing process includes the injecting of plastic material over the connection of the L.E.D. and the copper wire. The husk or socket that normally has the bulb inserted into it on our set is actually a one-piece injection. This means that the L.E.D. cannot be removed from the socket and therefore no replacement L.E.D.s will ever be needed.

Warranty Information:
If the L.E.D.s in this set fail within one year from the date of purchase, exchange it where purchased following their return policy. If the L.E.D.s in this set fail after the first year from the date of purchase, ship it prepaid with proof of purchase to the address below. We will replace the set with a comparable set or refund the purchase. This guarantee excludes damage resulting from accident, alteration or misuse of the product. The guarantee specifically excludes electrical wiring. 

Recycling & Resource Recovery Assistant
Monterey County Environmental Health
1270 Natividad Rd., Rm 102
Salinas, CA 93906
ph. (831) 796-1269
fax (831) 755-8929

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Arkwright,Jr [mailto:powerbysun@no.address]
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 10:47 AM
To: GreenYes
Subject: RE: [greenyes] LED not Replacable

The only other email address they give is
And I see they only have a fax number, They do not
want to be contacted easily.

--- Pat Franklin <pfranklin@no.address>

> bruce..i was going to send them an email but the
> only email address is the
> webmaster..can you get an email address and send it
> to the
> listserve....thanks, Pat Franklin
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bruce Arkwright,Jr
> [mailto:powerbysun@no.address]
> Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 2:14 AM
> To: GreenYes
> Subject: [greenyes] LED not Replacable
> Sorry all, we got a problem. I was advocating buying
> led christmas lights over the holiday.  Now only to
> find out by purchasing the latest models that the
> lights are perinemently attached and can not be
> replaced like their earlier "mini" lights if one
> happens to go bad. And it happen to me a whole set
> bought this christmas is completely useless. I hope
> you all can write a letter to this company how
> wasteful this is. And promise never to support this
> product until the company changes it.
> And the worst part of it they never mention this on
> any of the sites that sell the items.
> Holiday Creations, Inc.
> 5161 E. Arapahoe Road
> Suite 330
> Littleton, CO 80122
> FAX 303-721-9878
> General Information: info@no.address
> L.E.D. technical information:
> tech@no.address
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