The manufacturers are probably not counting on the bulbs meeting the specified life but rather replacing them in the future with cheaper to manufacture products. Or just counting on consumers to not follow up with early failure replacements, as we were trained to accept with CFL bulbs which failed to live up to the marketing claims.
I have two remarks:
1. 105*C capacitors are commonly used in PC power supplies and PC mainboards. They still die in much lower temperature than 105*C.
2. 105*C capacitors are more expensive than typical one (like 85*C). I don't think if typical LED bulb goes higher than 80*C, so why someone should use 105*C capacitors?
I guess problem is not in high temperature but capacitor quality.
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A concern that I don't see addressed is vibration. I have had a CFL blowout in a ceiling fan installation. I haven't seen vibration ratings for CFLs. I These board designs with the air-chassis electrolytics don't look to have reliability in a vibration environment such as a ceiling fan fixture.
I've liked this article as it has answered the same question I had: Why the LED lamps are so costly and I understand, more than electronics, the manufacturers need to do something on the heat management and the casing part to bring down the cost.
Like many of my fellow readers, I am also surprised to see the claim of high lifetime with the electrolytic capacitors in it.