[QUOTE=Paul Stamser;70599]Well, my 24 and 36-LEDs arrived yesterday from Hong Kong.
3) The bayonet fitting is some kind of mini-plug that doesn't fit my 1156 type sockets. So I just cut the wires and taped them into the circuit.
Were they supposed to have the 1156 base? (just curious)
4) The amount of light from the 36-LED is FANTASTIC! One 36-LED completely illuminates my entire counter-stove-sink area wonderfully! I am not used to regular 110 volt lighting and hate it because it's generally so bright when I visit normal peoples' houses that it hurts my eyes. But I would compare this 36-LED to about a 60-70 watt bulb, or so it seems to me.
5) From my amp-meter reading it appears that the 36-LED burns about 1/4 amp or just a tad more. I can easily live with that!
What were they supposed to draw for watts? (again just curious LEDs use about 10% of their incandescent equivalent when comparing AC replacement lamps but power is lost in the conversion from AC power to the DC LEDs.)
7) The BIG QUESTION now is how long this relatively "cheap" ($9) LED will last in daily useage. My previous LEDs started crapping out within a year or so and did not live up to the hype. While old time incandescent auto bulbs simply NEVER burned out in my 12 volt stand-alone solar electric & battery system (well, almost never).
A good AC LED is rated at 50,000 hours vs 1,000 hours for incandescent, "cheap" lamps may not last anywhere close to that. I don't know about the DC LEDs.
QUESTION: Is there any kind of electrically conductive glue-cement-adhesive on the market you can use instead of solder to make a permanent electrical connection? This would seem to be a no-brainer since no melting heat or dripping solder would be involved. But does it exist? If it does I've never heard of it. But how cool would that be? Just wrap the wires together and coat them with the conductive adhesive and then tape it. Presto! A perfect permanent connection! Useful, but does it exist???