12-29-2007, 05:15 AM
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Hi Mike, I porposefully chose more expensive Luxeons of stated "point of manufacture" as there some seriously dodgy Chinese and Korean immitations about. If you check the 2nd link you posted it says
"SOLD AS-IS ONLY GUARANTEED TO WORK WHEN POWER IS FIRST APPLIED " ..........
....... also states 3W at the head of the page and 1W at the top of the specification. It's not only the reliability but how close they get to the specified performance.
When the difficulty of changing them and the fact they should just about last forever is taken into account I wouldn't skimp on them myself :)
The lenses and stuff you linked to appear to be top banana though
I have a set waiting to be fitted to my lamps ..... havn't got round to it yet though .....