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Re: Why Do LED Lights Have Sockets?
marcucci   12/26/2013 12:34:13 AM
BobsView, LEDs do have a fantastic lifespan, which should far outlast this sort of products typical lifespan. I think there are two issues here. First, these particular LEDs tend to be so cheaply made (die, leads, and wirebonding), and poorly tested, that they have much-higher-than-usual failure rates for this sort of product. Second, I suspect that the vendor probably does some final testing or color binning on the strand itself. If not, then I suspect they still prefer sockets to allow for a single strand to be populated with different colors as customer demand merits. Keep in kind that labor in these countries can be ridiculously cheap. As a for instance, a friend who was in China at the time relayed to me how the first major fiber optic deployment from Beijing to Shanghai was trenched entirely by hand (shovel). The use of trenching equipment was more expensive than manual labor.

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