We’re sure that when you’re shopping for LED lights or any other significant building/home improvement, you do so with a discerning eye. The biggest criticism of LED lighting is the upfront cost, so of course you don’t want to invest in something that will fail before you enjoy a return on that investment.
This is why some research is important before you pull out that credit card. Fortunately, it’s relatively painless. Look for the name of the chip inside any LED light bulb or fixture that you consider. At this point in the industry, there is only a handful of key players with which you should be familiar. Cree, Nichia, and Bridgelux are the foremost chip-makers. Those are the brand names you should try to find on that LED light that you’re eying.
Normally we try not to care too much about labels. But the truth is, the more established an LED company is, the more R&D that goes into their product, and the more dependable the results are. This is why LED Waves backs every Cree or Nichia-powered product in our selection with a 3 year warranty.
And for the handful of Cree LED lamps manufactured here in our Brooklyn facility under our watchful eyes – the Chicago LED PAR30, the New York LED PAR38, the Genesys LED T8 tubes, and the Midtown LED downlight – make that a 5 year warranty! Because, like the old adage about everything from chains, bridges, and even PR, an LED light is only as strong as its weakest link.