Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by consumers that manufacturers of LED light bulbs provided false and/or misleading information about the expected life span of the bulbs in advertising and on LED bulb packaging. Consumers are alleging that manufacturers such as Phillips, Sylvania, General Electric, and Feit Electric overstated the life span of their LED bulbs relative to conventional, incandescent light bulbs. In so doing, the companies may have exacted a higher purchase price from consumers who otherwise may well have opted for cheaper conventional bulbs.
LED bulb manufacturers have already been subject to regulatory scrutiny for their representations regarding advertised LED light bulb life performance. For example, in 2013 the Federal Trade Commission won a $21.2 million lawsuit against Lights of America, Inc., based on a theory of false advertising. In that lawsuit, the FTC challenged manufacturer claims made on packaging that the LED bulbs “replaced” incandescent bulbs of specific wattage. It was shown, however, the the LED bulbs were not as bright (i.e., produced fewer lumens) as the incandescent bulbs the manufacturer said they could “replace.”
Though in recent years manufacturers have refined their predictions about LED light bulb lifespan expectancy, and the cost of LED bulbs has fallen, consumers may now be finding that LED bulbs sold several years ago are burning out and failing well before the manufacturer had predicted on the LED bulb packaging or associated advertising.
If you purchased LED bulbs in the past and have now discovered that their life span was significantly shorter than the manufacturer had represented prior to your purchase, you are urged to contact a consumer fraud attorney with Audet & Partners, LLP for a free, confidential case evaluation to determine whether you may have a claim in an LED light bulb lawsuit. You can reach us either by completing and submitting the inquiry form on the right side of this page, or by giving us a call at (800) 965-1461.